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August 8, 2013

Cadillac SRX dominates luxury SUV market

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There is still more technology to drive consumers to the Cadillac experience in the form of a driver assist package. It applies automatic braking with front, rear and side sensors that determine impact and apply appropriate response.

Another safety feature is the driver seat "wiggle" that, well, wiggles on the left or right side warning of impending collision, front or rear.

For highway travel there is an available adaptive cruise control feature that keeps the Cadillac a pre-set distance from traffic ahead. It emits laser beams that monitor traffic ahead and applies braking to a dead stop if needed or acceleration to a pre-set speed. I found it to be a terrific safety feature that should be standard equipment for all cars.

There is a downside to all of this creature comfort, in the form of what can be a hefty price tag for all the additional electronics. Another consideration is fuel economy with the sole engine available, a V6 with 308 horsepower. It delivers a smooth and quiet ride with ample power in most driving conditions.

In sustained highway travel, the SRX delivered 23 miles per gallon, one of the few cars to match EPA estimates. The zero to 60 mile per hour sprint is accomplished in 8.1 seconds, about average for its class.

The SRX is available in Base, Luxury, Performance and Premium trim levels ranging in base price from $37,330 to $47,920.

If you are shopping in this segment, you may want to also consider the BMW X3, Acura RDX or Audi Q5 for comparison.

Sales the past two years have been steady with the SRX moving 57,485 during 2012 and 56,905 the previous year.

Len Ingrassia is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at editor@ptd.net.

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