Review: 2010 Cadillac SRX

The year 2010 marks a pivotal year for Cadillac and its luxurious people movers. On the one hand, you have the new CTS Sport Wagon, a “traditional” station wagon. On the other, you have our subject here, the all new SRX crossover. This second generation SRX is quite a departure from the original, which debuted as a 2004 model. That car was based on the rear-wheel drive CTS, while the current SRX rides on a heavily reworked platform shared by the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain. While the old SRX had the look of a big, tall station wagon, the current car cuts a more contemporary crossover silhouette.

The changes are more than skin deep. The SRX is available in front or all-wheel drive, as opposed to the rear/all-wheel drive setup offered in the last SRX. The car is also smaller-five inches shorter, and two inches lower. Options on the last SRX like a third row seat and a V-8 are absent on the new car.  Most of these changes seems to bring the SRX a little closer to what Cadillac considers its key competition, chiefly the Lexus RX350 and Audi Q5.

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2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon: Are wagons really a niche or are they a need?

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At times it may seem like I’m a truck or SUV guy, as I’ve ranted a few times about the fact that I truly don’t believe that large vehicles are going to be leaving the North American market any time soon. We tend to have larger families here than they do in Europe and have greater distances to travel due to the rather expansive continent we live on and we need the room to carry more stuff. I have often asked the question: “how do Europeans get their kids to hockey without an SUV?” Seriously. You can’t put 2 kids worth of hockey equipment in a Fiat 500 now can you?

The answer? Station wagons. Shooting brakes. 5 doors. Estate cars. Whatever you choose to call it.

In truth, I suppose I’m a wagon sort of guy. In my teenage years, my Step Father drove a 1978 Dodge Monaco wagon. You know the one, it had rearward facing seats just like the infamous Vista Cruiser. This monster had a 400 cubic inch V-8 that would spin the back tires until, well – at least 5 feet! In more practical terms though, it could transport 7 passengers in relative comfort, while still having more storage space than most modern SUV’s. It could tow pretty much anything you could dream up and carry the ubiquitous 4×8 sheet of plywood. It was ugly as sin, but with all the seats folded it became a funhouse on wheels. Hmmm – better keep this PG.
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Preview: Cadillac CTS Coupe

Cadillac today unveiled the 2011 CTS Coupe, the latest and most

Cadillac has released photos of what the production CTS Coupe will look like, and we are pleased to see it was faithful to the concept car. Sales are expected to start in Spring of 2010. Cadillac considers the CTS Coupe as the ‘centerpiece’ of the brand. Motivation of the CTS Coupe comes from a 3.6L direct injection V-6 rated at 304hp. A six-speed manual will be standard, with available 6-speed automatic. Buyers can choose from rear wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Expect a V-Series CTS Coupe later in 2010. No doubt a 6.2L 556hp V-8 should make this one fun ‘centerpiece’.

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2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid: Going green in the ghetto

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The Cadillac Escalade is a bit of a curious beast in that it is loved equally by families and rappers. Of course families love schlepping the kids to and from activities in a style that says I’ve arrived, while the gangsta crew wants da biggest and baddest all pimped out wit dubs yo. Ok, so I’m lame, but you get the idea. Enter the Escalade Hybrid. Big, mean and green and sporting some killer chrome 22′s, it might be the perfect ride for this somewhat offbeat family to cruise to a dance competition in Buffalo. Yes, it was one of the kiddies dancing, not me.

Since I was in San Fran, Mrs G picked up Big Red so my introduction involved packing the beast for a long weekend away. There were 6 of us along for the ride, and a need to keep the teenagers and the annoying little brothers separated meant that all seats were coming along for the ride in the upright position. It also meant that the space allotted for stuff was seriously limited. While the center and rear rows of seating are easily removed and reconfigured, the 8 passenger Slade is either an awesome passenger hauler or a gargantuan gear hauler, not both. All that being said, if it were only the 5 of us, we’d remove the rearward seats and have a cargo bay big enough to swallow 2 weeks worth of camping gear and our giant hairball of a dog.
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More GM Cancellations: Pontiac G6 GXP and Cadillac STS-V

As Autoblog  continues to get news of the 2010 GM Online Order/Reference Guide, we here at The Garage will continue to keep you informed. Last week we reported the Chevy Cobalt SS 4-door will not live to see 2010, but the coupe will continue on for now. Read on for the obituaries…

Pontiac G6 GXP

2009 Pontiac G6 GXP Coupe

By now we all know that 2010 will be Pontiac’s last year of production as a brand, but the fact that the top range G6 GXP won’t make it to the end says alot where GM’s performance division went wrong. With the G6, Pontiac was moving away from the body cladding, scoops and spoilers that made the Grand Am a joke, but they went a little too far in the other direction. The car’s smooth, soft contours have a peculiar shape from any angle. 
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2009 Cadillac XLR: Cruising The Poconos

I have an uncle that has always driven the gold chain wearing, boss mobile. First there was the automatic Supra, followed up by a Cadillac Allante. Somewhere along the way, he picked up a new T-bird. Amazingly, he never found his way into an automatic Vette. While in The Poconos, a few months back we had a chance to spend some time with the 2009 Cadillac XLR. This thing may just be my uncle`s ultimate ride.

The sharp edged hardtop convertible looks great and has all sorts of electronic trickery. Doors with no handles, electrically powered everything and luxurious leather clad interior ensures that the aging super dude will have more toys than the other guys at the club. Hopefully the club offers storage for his clubs though, as the XLR doesn’t offer storage for much more than that box of domes he keeps around for his mistress. We managed to squeeze a camera bag (sans domers) in the trunk and that was about it.

The 320 horsepower Northstar V8 sounds great and propels the XLR along quite nicely. The automatic tranny is a nice unit, but why oh why is there no 6 speed? Yeah, yeah, we know; the segment demographic is more interested in elevating their status rather than the actual driving experience.

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Lincoln Remains off the Mark

AutoNews recently reported that Lincoln is considering a smaller, premium model in addition to its current lineup. No details have been released, and it is not clear how serious Lincoln is about heading into such a segment, an area they have never approached before.

If Lincoln has shown us anything over the past decade, it has been consistency. By that, I mean uninspiring, uninteresting cars that few enthusiasts have any real interest in. How about offering automotive answers to questions no one ever asked? Does anyone recall the Blackwood? How Lincoln thinks it can solve its problems with a small premium car, I have no clue. What car would this proposed vehicle compete against?

In the 1980′s both Cadillac and Lincoln were more or less on par with each other, in that they generally offered weak, thirsty V-8 powered cars with poor quality to boot. The Greatest Generation bought these cars up as fast as they could, so why improve them? Lincoln showed promise with the Mark VII LSC, powered by the Ford Mustang GT’s 302 V-8. I tested one of the last Mark VIII LSC’s, and I was stunned at all the comments I got about the car during my week with it. A great tourer, I was comfortable blasting down the Pennsylvania Turnpike, or sitting in NYC traffic in rush hour. Then Lincoln discontinued the car.
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CTS Fever

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In a year devoid of concept eye popping, I’ve got to have that car mania; the Cadillac CTS coupe concept has garnered much admiration. The interesting story is how this concept evolved.

Jim Taylor the General Manager of Cadillac told us about the coupe variant of the highly acclaimed CTS. It seems the design team wanted to do a coupe even though it wasn’t in their design plan. GM management riding on the wave of success signed off and told the team to proceed.
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Downgrading?

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Maybe this story can be attributed to President Bush signing into law last week new fuel economy standards that call for a 40 percent fuel economy improvement by 2020. Or maybe you could speculate that Cadillac feels that their current V-6 became the engine of choice on the 2008 STS because it’s so close in power to the V-8.

Either way you look at it GM has canceled plans to build a new advanced double overhead-cam V-8 for its luxury cars. The move means the future for Cadillac’s V-8 car engines is unclear.
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