2010 Cadillac SRX turbo

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Cadillac is introducing the all-new 2010 Cadillac SRX turbo to put its horsepower on par with other SUVs such as the the Lexus RX350 with its potent V6 engine. Could it out beat the competitors like the Audi Q5 and Lexus RX350 with its new turbo engine? Lets find out.

The new 2010 Cadillac SRX turbo pushes out about 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque from its smaller 2.8-liter turbocharged engine. That is about 35 horsepower more than the standard 3.0-liter V-6 engine (265 hp and 223 lb-ft.) With a turbo comes turbo lag, the 2010 Cadillac SRX turbo experienced a bit of a turbo lag during take off, which makes it less lively than the standard 3.0-liter V-6 offering. You may think that with a stronger turbo engine, the Cadillac SRX turbo would perform better, but that is not the case. Its 0 – 60 mph is about 7.6 seconds, and that is one second slower than the standard 3.0-liter V6 engine (6.6 seconds.)

On the fuel economy aspect, the 2010 Cadillac SRX turbo’s gas mileage isn’t at its best either with its small displacement turbocharged engine. It puts out 15 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the freeway, and that is nearly the drinking habits of a V8 engine. Compared to the Audi Q5 (18/23 mpg) and the Lexus RX350 (18/24 mpg), the 2010 Cadillac SRX turbo lost the competition in the fuel economy rating.

To give Cadillac some credits, the 2010 Cadillac SRX turbo seems a bit more comfortable with its slightly stiff suspension. The interior is also has a nice finishing touch with comfortable rear seats and high headroom and panoramic-view sunroof. The 2010 Cadillac SRX turbo is available only with all-wheel drive and only in the top two (of four) SRX trim levels.

The 2010 Cadillac SRX turbo is well loaded with a lot of features such as adaptive damping, a navigation system, a rear-view camera, park assist, swiveling HID headlamps, twenty-inch wheels, keyless ignition with remote start, heated seats, and an audio system with a 10-gig hard drive.

The entry-level of the 2010 Cadillac SRX with a 3.0-liter engine, front-wheel drive car costs about $33,830. With the top-spec, premium version of the 2010 Cadillac SRX turbo, the price jumps to a staggering price of $52,500. Best buy? Oh, no! It is under performed and a bit above average interior accompanied with a steep price tag, we’ll have to give it a “do not buy” rating. A better buy would be its normal aspirated 3.0-liter V6 instead.