When I first contacted Cadillac to set up a media loan of one of its vehicles, I mentioned that I have a baby and would like to have a vehicle with a child-safety seat latch. I was a bit dismayed when the PR person wrote back she had the perfect family-friendly car for me. (That was absolutely the right response on her part. I’m just still coming to terms that my lifestyle is now more SUV that convertible.)
As it turned out, I couldn’t have test driven a better vehicle than the Cadillac SRX AWD Premium Collection. The weekend I drove it was one of the many snowy and cold weekends we’ve had in 2014. It was so snowy, I almost called off my trip–my first solo with my baby. Fortunately, first and foremost, the AWD in Cadillac SRX AWD Premium Collection stands for all wheel drive, which made driving on the freshly plowed highways a dream. (Even with the all wheel drive, I wouldn’t have driven with my baby unnecessarily on unplowed roads.) I also really appreciated the side blind zone alerts on the side view mirrors, that let you know when it’s safe to change lanes and the rear vision camera. Both mean no more awkwardly looking over your shoulder.
The crossover SUV comes with the Cadillac User Experience, touch screen controls for the climate and entertainment and GPS. It was easy to use and are placed high so I could keep my focus on the road. It was also easy to synch my iPhone via Bluetooth to the car so I could make and receive hands-free class easily.
As far a staying warm went on the 5 degree days–the heated steering wheel made it so I didn’t have to wear gloves and the heated seats kicked into action quickly.
The Cadillac SRX seats five comfortably with 36.3 inches of legroom in the back. There was plenty of room in the trunk for my luggage, belated holiday gifts and all my baby’s gear (who knew one kid requires so much stuff for two nights?).
My biggest complaint about the car is that it’s wipers, particularly its rear one did not do a good job of keeping the windows clean. I’m not sure if my particular car had old blades, though that seems unlikely as it had under 5,000 miles on it. I was driving on days where there was snow and salt on the road and it was frustrating to not be able to get the front and back windshields clean.
The Cadillace SRX gets 18 miles per gallon and you’ll spend an estimated $3,000 more in gas over five years than you would compared to other new vehicles on the market today.
Cadiall SRX prices start at $37,505. For more info, check out cadillac.com.