Having used up its once world-class reputation as a leader in luxury automobiles during the malaise of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, Cadillac is working to restore its brand— in some circles it already has— but many buyers looking for a car that does more than the basics may still think of Cadillac as the fuddy-duddy ride for the clueless or tasteless.
That’s simply not the case any longer; Cadillac is building a truly world-class line of cars from top to bottom, and is updating that lineup with new vehicles on a regular basis. Case in point: the Cadillac XT5. Just unveiled in Dubai last week and due for its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week, the XT5 replaces the SRX as the brand’s mid-sized luxury crossover.
So what does that have to do with the SRX? It means the SRX is now, for those surfing the ragged edge of luxury leases and purchases, old news. It means many will be dumped to the used market to be replaced with the hotter, newer item. It doesn’t mean, however, that the SRX is any less desirable than it was two weeks ago; it just means it will likely be a better deal on the used market.
For the used car buyer, the newness of a car isn’t a primary concern. It’s a smarter choice, one that lets the original purchaser take the hit of depreciation, while enabling one’s purchasing power to go that much farther—getting more car for your money. So why let a little thing like a newer, more crisply styled, renamed model taking the SRX’s slot dim its shine?
Edmunds.com, for example, rates the SRX at 4.5 out of 5 stars against the rest of the luxury crossover market, noting its strength in value, safety, and ride and handling. Look for 2013 and newer models on the used market for the best experience, as the SRX received significant upgrades in that year, including the current CUE infotainment system with voice command and smartphone integration, as well as new safety features.
Some of the SRX's key features include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, OnStar remote services, an eight-speaker sound system with CD player, auxiliary input, and satellite and HD radio. Upgraded models also include front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot and cross-traffic sensors, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry and ignition, and a panoramic sunroof. In all, the SRX is a feature-filled luxury vehicle that can cost less than $20,000.
Don’t expect some giant crash in the price of the SRX once the news of the XT5 hits the mainstream; the SRX is still a great vehicle, after all, and will continue to command fair prices for its current owners. But the slight dip in prices that’s likely to come as more current owners indulge their gadget-lust for the New New Thing is something the smart luxury pre-owned crossover shopper should keep in mind.
automotive freelance journalist