Cadillac SRX Second Generation Forum - 2010+ Discussion, Why an SRX over a CTS? in Cadillac SRX Forums; Been a member of this forum for the past
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I actually started out wanting a CTS way back when the 2008's first came out. That's when I discovered this forum. On here, I learned of a lot of quality control issues with the early production CTS'. There were body panels that didn't line up, air leaks with the UltraView, mysterious vibrations at highway speed, etc., etc., etc. The latter of which people are still having problems with. This is why I eventually lost interest in the CTS. Still love the design. Just love the SRX even more.
I can personally tell you this much. You will not be sacrificing anything in the way of luxury if you switch to the SRX. The interior is very similar. However, they've made some refinements to the CTS' gauges and audio menu. The SRX has the Digital Information Center (DIC), a color information display integrated into the gauges. It tells you all kinds of vital information from icy road conditions warnings to the speed limit on the road you're driving on. Navigation directions also display here, in addition to the Nav screen. I also like the driving perspective you get with a taller vehicle. It's higher than a car, but still low enough to handle very much like a car. You can take curves at high speeds with no body roll.
The CTS is going to give you an edge in acceleration. However, make sure you test drive the SRX in "Sport Mode", something not all salespeople even know exists. There's also a Turbo version of the SRX, but that uses premium fuel. The other models all run on regular fuel.
I'm a first-time Cadillac owner, and just got a 2010 SRX AWD. It's red like the one that turned your head, and is pretty much the same as the one in the CNET review.
Anyway, my last car was a 2008 BMW X5 4.8l AWD, and before that a 2004 Infiniti FX. As you can tell, I like the crossover SUV. I like riding a little higher than a car, but not feeling like I'm driving a truck.
The SRX beats the X5 and FX in comfort, luxury feel, and smoothness of ride. It doesn't have the power or pick up of the other two, at least in Auto, but it is a satisfactory feel on acceleration.
It is a ver striking and noticeable car, and I have enjoyed that, too. Right now, there just aren't many on the road. Seems like every other car is a Lexus RX, and I wanted something different. I haven't look back yet. It's a fine machine.
Good luck. I imagine you'll be happy with whichever decision you make.
Automobile(s): 2008 Cadillac CTS DI AWD Thunder Gray Chromaflair/Ebony
Re: Why an SRX over a CTS?
It depends on your priorities, where you live, and perhaps what other vehicles you own. The CTS AWD 3.6DI has much more power than the SRX (torque is the real difference), will get better gas mileage, and have better handling.
SRX Advantage: Ground clearance, and high position, storage flexibility
CTS Wagon Advantage: better gas mileage, handling, and storage flexibility similar to the SRX
I also was gung ho on a CTS, but i need use of a back seat, and some considerable luggage space. Plus i love the truck like height while still retaining most of the car like handling. The SRX is a little short on power, but i can live with a small loss over the CTS for more space. Also, just the way the packages are lined up, i get more bang for my buck in the SRX compared to the CTS. Premium SRX gives heated rear seats, nav, and two rear seat dvd screens, where there is no heated seats in the rear of the CTS, nav is another $3000, and the rear seat dvd screens are another $3000 through GM Accessories. Plus the slightly better DIC, pretty much sealed the deal for me!
I just bought a 2010 SRX, AWD in Flannel Gray. It's a nice color although I **really** liked the red color. Unfortunately my wife didn't share my opinion. We keep cars for 10+ years so I went for the Flannel Gray. I love it!
It's all going to be what you like more, the space and view from the SRX or the power and handling of the CTS.
The last SRX was based on the CTS and had power and handling that was very close to the CTS and that would've been a no-brainer for you if the space and view were big pluses.
The new SRX is on a more affordable platform that has given up the athletic abilities the old one had. But it's also much more affordable. Seeing how you get all the features of the CTS without the high price tag, it's a great value...
Do yourself a favor and test drive the SRX in "Sport Mode". Like you, I was set on the Turbo version because of some reports about acceleration. I got tired of waiting for the Turbo. I also didn't like the fact that it costs a few grand more and uses premium fuel, so I decided to test drive the 3.0L. I'm glad I did. I can't imagine you wanting/needing more pickup than the SRX will provide in Sport Mode. The Sport Mode has a "manual" shift mode and an automatic mode. Unless you enjoy shifting gears, use the latter. It changes the gear ratios. Believe it or not, some salespeople still don't know there are three separate transmission settings, so they may even look puzzled if you mention this.
Also, the standard "Comfort" setting learns your driving style. It will change the way it shifts after you've driven the car for a few weeks. So you can't even judge that based on your first impression.