David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

Cadillac's Web page may put it best: the Cadillac of crossovers.

While many people associate the Cadillac name with long, flowing fins and acres of chrome, the brand has managed to change with the times. In just the last few years, in fact, company officials have reformed the nameplate and become one of GM's bright spots. In addition to the expected line of luxury cars, Cadillac now offers a crossover--a vehicle for those who enjoy a tall-in-the-saddle ride yet don't really need to tow 5000 pounds.

The SRX got a total redo for the 2010 model year. Where the original SRX was based on a full-sized GM chassis, the new car's DNA comes from the corporate front-drive bin.

The interior appointments also seem familiar. The LaCrosse sported a similar dash and center stack layout. If these bits are the new standard for GM, we're cool with that. The switches have a good, solid feel and a nice look. The days of shiny plastic switches and that godforsaken turn signal stalk may (finally) be but a memory.

The new SRX can be ordered with one of two available engines, a 3.0-liter DOHC V6 and a turbo 2.8-liter V6. The 3.0 makes 265 horsepower and 223 lb.-ft. of torque, while the turbo 2.8 produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only available transmission. (Our test car had the 3.0-liter engine and front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is available.)

While the V8 engine is now also behind us, the SRX is smaller, nimble and, honestly, really nice. No, we don't expect any country or R&B singers to pay homage to this one, but it's a nice, smart peoplemover.

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