Cadillac SRX Second Generation Forum - 2010+ Discussion, Ride Comfort Comparrison 3 Trims in Cadillac SRX Forums; Does anyone here have any personal experience with the comfort of the ride in each of the 3 trim levels. ...
Does anyone here have any personal experience with the comfort of the ride in each of the 3 trim levels. I guess that I am concerned that the ride in the performance trim would be harsher then with the luxury trim.
Actually, there are four trim levels. Base, Luxury, Performance,and Premium. Base and Luxury have 18" wheels and Performance and Premium have 20" wheels. This is the same as the 2012 model year, and possibly earlier years as well. When I purchased my 2012 Luxury, I drove the Performance and Luxury models as well. I quickly ruled out the Premium because I didn't think the price/value equation was that great. It came down to either a Luxury or Performance. I chose the Luxury with the 18" wheels because it felt like a more comfortable ride to me. The one thing I did give up that I really wanted with the Luxury is the HID headlights. The halogen headlights on the Base and Luxury are barely adequate for night time driving, so if you do a lot of night driving on poorly lit roads you might want to take that into consideration.
Ah, yes I forgot the base. It seems intuitive to me that the 18" wheels would give a better ride. When the wheel diameter is increased they designer then uses a lower profile tire. There is just naturally less "give" in the tire and therefore ride is effected.
I can't speak for the ride of the Premium 2013 but my 2013 Performance has a smoother ride than the 2010 Luxury I traded in. One other thing I really like that the Performance model comes with is the articulating headlights and headlight washers. I can really tell the difference. My 2010 had weak headlights. The Performance model costs a little more but with the recent discounts, it brings the price down to about what the Luxury normally is priced. One thing to remember if you want a 2013 with the trailering wiring, it has to have the hitch on it also. I thought it came with the easy connect wiring like the 2010-2012 but that was not the case. If it doesn't show RPO V92 on the building codes, neither wiring or hitch will be on it. Hope you get one that gives you the ride you like, no matter which you choose.
I have purchased 3 Performance SRXs models and IMO the 2013 rides better than the 2010 & yes even the 2012 model too ... I would say part of it might be due to various suspension improvements and definitely to the more "plush" seats that the 2013 SRX models now have as well.
Although I love the size of my 2011 SRX Luxury, I can't say it is a comfortable ride. Actually, I have to say my 2011 SRX Luxury has the worse ride of any car I have ever owned. The cabin is noisy, the ride super stiff, you feel every tar strip and piece of gravel, and that's
an all-round disappointment. This is my first Cadillac, and I guess I expected a "Lazy Boy" ride associated with Cadillac. The dealer commented that it was the "sport suspension". WHATTT???
The new Cadillac's are not plush couches of years gone by. They are new sporty lux rides that appeal to a younger crowd. The Cadillac market of yore was a dying market (parden the pun), and had to do something to keep the brand around. I believe they made the right call, as I'm 27 on my second Cadillac, and it can keep up in the mountains and curves just as easy as a certain GM Nurburgring tuned sport compact of a couple of years ago. Not bad for a CUV! A long with cruising across the country on 14 hour drives with little to no issues of comfort!
The new XTS retains a couch like ride, yet still can perform in corners, especially with the MRC suspension!