The Cadillac proved well up to the task. GM has invested a lot in the SRX, hoping to younger buyers with the SRX4 2.8T. It has all the luxury expected of a $54,000 vehicle, with leather everything, a nearly full-length sunroof (the first third opens), navigation and XM Satellite Radio.

The six-speed automatic transmission has a sport-manual mode, which I used on the mountain roads for engine braking. One down side on the six-speeder: from dead stop, it stumbles quite a bit; with more practice, I’d probably master smooth starts.


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