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    Why an SRX over a CTS?

    Been a member of this forum for the past
    two years since I leased my very first Cadillac.

    I ended up leasing a LOADED 2008 CTS.

    Best car I ever drove hands down.

    About to get into a new lease. Initially It
    was an easy choice to get into a 2010 CTS
    (310 HP). I would get the premium vehicle
    loaded with every option for about $51k.

    The thought of getting an SRX didn't interest
    me, that is until I was on a business trip
    in San Francisco and saw a candy red SRX
    on display outside of the Ghirardelli Chocolate
    Factory.

    Not nearly as ugly a vehicle as I thought.
    In fact, as I thought about it, I liked the idea
    of being higher up on the road almost as if
    I was in a SUV but not as huge.

    So now I have to pick either going with a
    familiar CTS or possibly stepping into an SRX.

    So, to help decide, I thought I would ask
    your opinion....

    Being that the CTS has been voted as one
    of the best American vehicles why should
    I consider going to a SRX?

    Am I going to lose any luxury comfort or
    power? What am I gaining with the SRX?

    The only immediate downside I noticed
    is that the SRX is 265HP vs. 305 for the CTS.

    Finally, does it take regular gas like the
    CTS? That was a huge plus to owning that
    vehicle.

    I would love to hear comments from owners.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Why an SRX over a CTS?

    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.

    Good luck with whatever decision you make!


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    Re: Why an SRX over a CTS?

    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.

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    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

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    Re: Why an SRX over a CTS?

    You guys have been very helpful. Thank you so much.

    Tough decision here. The big factor is the power. I like
    to be first out of the light as not to get behind someone
    who goes below the speed limit.

    If the SRX had the 306HP it would be a no-brainer.

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    Re: Why an SRX over a CTS?

    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!

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    Re: Why an SRX over a CTS?

    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!

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    Re: Why an SRX over a CTS?

    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...

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    Re: Why an SRX over a CTS?

    I am pretty much set on the SRX now that I found
    out the Turbo model is about to debut.

    The only thing is that I need to get the price just
    right. My goal is $50k if I can get the dealer down
    to it.

    However, the Turbo starts at $51,360. Once I
    add the premium color, protection package and
    perhaps entertainment system then I am screwed.

    So, it's all or nothing for the SRX. Otherwise
    I go back to the CTS which already has the 300+ HP

    Thanks for all your help guys.

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    Re: Why an SRX over a CTS?

    Quote Originally Posted by NJRonbo View Post
    I go back to the CTS which already has the 300+ HP
    Enjoy your new CTS as SRX Turbo loaded as u want it will not go for $50,000.
    Maybe in year or longer & I'm sure your not gonna want to wait, I know I would not!

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    Re: Why an SRX over a CTS?

    For those of you with the SRX 265HP

    Does it have fast pickup/acceleration at lights?

    Also does it run on regular gas like the CTS?

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    Re: Why an SRX over a CTS?

    Quote Originally Posted by NJRonbo View Post
    For those of you with the SRX 265HP

    Does it have fast pickup/acceleration at lights?

    Also does it run on regular gas like the CTS?
    More then adequate pickup especially in the "Sport Mode".
    For sure not as good as the CTS & not meant to be either.
    I for sure would test drive both & be sure for yourself.

    Yes runs on regular gas.

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    Re: Why an SRX over a CTS?

    Quote Originally Posted by NJRonbo View Post
    For those of you with the SRX 265HP

    Does it have fast pickup/acceleration at lights?

    Also does it run on regular gas like the CTS?
    I have an '09 CTS and a '10 SRX.

    The SRX has fast pickup/acceleration at lights.

    The CTS has faster pickup/acceleration at lights.

    Both will do the job for you.

    Neither will beat Corvettes, Porsches, Lamborghinis, Ferraris or a Telsa (or similar vehicles).

    The SRX runs on regular 87 octane.

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    Sport Mode, Sport Mode, Sport Mode

    Quote Originally Posted by NJRonbo View Post
    For those of you with the SRX 265HP

    Does it have fast pickup/acceleration at lights?

    Also does it run on regular gas like the CTS?
    NJRonbo,

    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.


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    Re: Why an SRX over a CTS?

    Ronbo, What about a CTS wagon?

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