• Aug 5, 2010

2010 Cadillac SRX IIHS testing – Click above for high-res image gallery

When it comes to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash rating system, earning a score of "Good" is the best any automaker can hope for. And if a vehicle receives a score of "Good" for front, side, rear and and rollover crash protection and the vehicle has standard electronic stability control that car, truck or SUV becomes an IIHS Top Safety Pick. The 2010 Cadillac SRX became the 15th midsize SUV to be awarded with the desirable designation after the hot-selling crossover passed the rollover crash protection test with flying colors. The SRX had already received a "Good" score for its performance in the other crash tests.

The current government standard for roof safety is that it needs to be able to support 1.5 times the overall vehicle weight. The roof of the SRX proved to be able to hold 4.14 times its weight, nearly tripling the standards required by the feds. The IIHS tests roof strength by pushing a metal plate against one corner of the roof at a constant rate of speed. The maximum force sustained by the roof before the roof collapses by five inches is compared to the vehicle weight to determine the strength-to-weight ratio. Hit the jump to read over the IIHS presser.



[Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety]
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2010 Cadillac SRX earns TOP SAFETY PICK award

The Cadillac SRX, a midsize luxury SUV, earns the Institute's top safety designation after getting a good rating for rollover protection. The SRX had previously earned good ratings for front, side, and rear crash protection. TOP SAFETY PICK recognizes the vehicles that earn the highest ratings in all 4 Institute safety evaluations, and that have electronic stability control, which is standard on the SRX. Based on research of real-world crashes, the Institute evaluates rollover protection using a roof strength test. In this test a metal plate is pushed against one corner of a vehicle's roof at a constant speed. The maximum force sustained by the roof before 5 inches of crush is compared to the vehicle's weight to find the strength-to-weight ratio.

This is a good assessment of vehicle structural protection in rollover crashes. Good rated vehicles have roofs that can withstand a force equal to at least 4 times the vehicle's weight. The roof of the '10 SRX withstood a force equal to 4.14 times weight. For comparison, the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight. General Motors strengthened the roof structure of the SRX during the 2010 model year. The TOP SAFETY PICK award applies to models built after May 2010. Consumers now have 15 midsize SUVs to choose from that earn top crash ratings across the board.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      If this is 'good' then I don't want to even know what bad looks like. Cadillacs have been crap for as long as I have known. Saab rip offs. Although, pre 1996 Cadi's were built like tanks.. I have one as proof of that. Breaks down a lot.. too expensive to repair.. but survived a horrible wreak hardly scathed. The Cadillacs now days are mostly for Pimps and Old people. D:
      • 4 Years Ago
      Congratulations Cadillac for building a safe car! Now if you please, could you build one that works most of the time. I was looking at buying a SRX V8 as a winter vehicle for my wife, but was put off buying the Cadillac for one reason; terrible dealer service and the fact that I would be seeing the dealership much more often than I would like.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh really? Reliability stopped you from buying a V8 SRX? I would have thought it was the fact that Cadillac doesn't make an F-ing V8 SRX anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Congrats GM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of the main reasons for the hefty weight of GM vehicles - this SUV has enough steel and bracing to be nearly 200% above the crash rating.

      Maybe Ben's adage for the modern world should be "Those who choose safety will end up with a porky vehicle".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Trying to get my mom into an SRX Turbo.

        http://www.epinions.com/content_483642740356

        my mom's been looking at the ML350 a bit more than the SRX.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Your mom is a smart person lol...Why would your mom want this over an ML? hell I think for a mother a Lexus RX would be the best logical choice...total chic car...
      • 4 Years Ago
      At what point do they realize that they're naming every single new vehicle a "Top Safety Pick" and revise the process and/or requirements for such a title?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, so far that hasn't happened. But once the big majority are all getting it, look for the test speeds to increase a bit and maybe a bumper standard or pedestrian standard to be added to the mix.
        • 4 Years Ago
        IIHS keep adding requirements every year it seems. For 2010 they introduced the roof-strength requirement, before that it was fittment of stability control, on top of "good" front, side and rear ratings so its a pretty comprehensive test. Perhaps next they'll include a pedestrian requirement like EuroNCAP.

        Its a perfect way for consumers to pick a safe car.

        If its a TSP they know, without knowing anything about crash-worthiness, that their new car is going to protect them in every type of crash. This is a priority for a lot of people, especially those looking for a family car obviously.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep in mind that the Caddy SRX is basically the same vehicle as the 2010 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain. So you should be just as safe in those vehicles without dropping the extra coin for the Caddy grill.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is not "basically" the same.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Cadillac SRX does look a lot like the last Saturn Vue and Opel Antara an all utilize some version of the Theta platform. The SRX uses a "premium" version of the Theta that's a mixture of the Theta crossover and Epsilon II car (TE, Theta-Epsilon) platforms while the Vue and Antara use the short wheel base Theta. The Equinox and Terrain use the long wheel base Theta.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Regardless of any interior or exterior appointments, the Chevy and GMC are structurally similar to the Cadillac; nevertheless, the Cadillac weighs enough more that the IIHS tested it separately. Still, all three get the Top Safety Pick designation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been seeing SRXs all over Los Angeles. They seem to be selling well in Socal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      you can thank this safety pick to saab. the cadillac sts had a worse crash test rating then the outgoing 13 year old 9-5.
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