2012 Cadillac SRX Opulence and Power >

Make no mistake about it – Cadillac is rad – they’re building some of the sweetest vehicles available on this planet. The Cadillac SRX crossover is certainly one of those sweet machines, particularly for road trips.

Leah (the hearing dog) and I had to go to Florida for the Daytona 500, so we borrowed the 2012 Cadillac SRX AWD Premium Collection SUV and sauntered between Melbourne and Daytona Beach. This was during the rainy season and Cadillac’s Rainsense windshield wipers sure came in handy. So did the EZ-key proximity entry (and the key is so elegant sitting in a pocket), the heated front and rear seats and the excellent closures on all the doors and sunroof.

Cadillac’s 3.6-liter direct injection V-6 engine is so willing, no matter what vehicle they put it in, and with the six-speed automatic shiftable transmission, sport suspension, fabulous brakes and extremely direct steering, this SUV almost feels like a sports car! The massive 20-inch Michelin 255/55-aspect tires have gorgeous seven-spoke rims that give handling an assist.

I just love the panorama one-touch sunroof – a shame we couldn’t use it terribly much – and the fact that there’s separate temp controls for whoever is brave enough to ride with me. (Leah never complains). The leather interior on this machine is elegant, Cadillac’s gauge clusters and center stack become quite intuitive once you’ve spent 30 minutes with them – particularly the pop-up navigation system.

The Cadillac SRX with all-wheel-drive is rated at 16/23-mpg from its 21-gallon tank and accepts flex fuel (E85); that’s about what we achieved as we barreled up and down Florida’s north/south artery. We did so in comfort, in luxury and with the knowledge we could whip just about everyone else out there with the SRX’s immense talents.

While there’s no cargo cover on the SRX, privacy glass at the rear ensures that all valuables are nearly invisible; one can fold the rear seats and improve cargo capacity from about 30 cubic feet to nearly 62 – and that carries a lot! Rear seat occupants aren’t neglected with the entertainment system that includes dual screens and a DVD player, all of which boosts the entry fee of $48,785 to $51,055.

If you’re going to consider a luxury crossover and haven’t looked at Cadillac’s SRX, shame on you! It’s got style, comfort, opulence and power to spare. Check it out!

Written by: Anne Proffit HerHighway Contributor