An open letter to
Mr. Rick Wagoner
Chairman and CEO
General Motors Corporation
Can I call you Rick? Well, I guess I just did, didn’t I. I feel we have something more of a personal relationship since I just banged up one of your vehicles. A nice one, too, a 2007 Cadillac SRX V6 AWD.
Well, let’s be more accurate. I was driving the Cadillac SRX, Rick, but I didn’t cause the accident. Some guy in a ten year old Toyota Camry turned left from the right lane of the oncoming traffic directly into my path. But it did give me the opportunity to do something I’ve never done, experience airbag deployment, up close and personal.
But more about that later.
I really grew to liking the 2007 Cadillac SRX in the two days it was in my driveway. When we first drove an SRX, way back in 2004, we liked the overall concept and liked the way it carried out the Cadillac styling themes. That hasn’t changed.
Tippy? Not. We liked the way it drove. “Forget the tippiness of an SUV,” we wrote in our notebook. “The SRX is well mannered in curves. It feels heavy—it is—and not prone to change directions easily. But it does take a set and inspire confidence.” In other words, no surprises.
We liked the ride of the Cadillac SRX, calling it smooth and quiet, with minimal wind and road noise.
Our 2004 Cadillac SRX was powered by the Northstar 4.6-liter V-8, and we recorded that the acceleration was smooth if not overwhelming, but swift enough. The transmission was smooth but shifts crisp.
The brakes, we wrote, were strong, and unlike some manufacturers we could mention, the Cadillac SRX’s stability control was gentle, not one that raps you on the knuckles and makes you quit.
Inside, we liked the ergonomics but the materials felt somewhat short of stellar. The old GM cruise control system was used; it works but lacked a “cancel” function. The only way to release the set speed was to tap the brakes. And tell everyone behind you’re disengaging cruise.
We found the seats in the ’04 Cadillac SRX to be “very comfy even without the fancy extras. Lateral support is superb.”
Our 2004 SRX had a power-operated third row seat. The third row seatback, we said, “rotates up and over like a laser gun in a James Bond movie.” It took 20 seconds, we noted, to complete that task. With the Bond gun in passenger carrying position, however, access was impossible for any but tots and once in, there’s legroom for tots only.
Redline Seven Thousand The 2007 Cadillac SRX we were crashed out of, however, was powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 with double overhead cams (like the Northstar V-8) and also variable valve timing, but instead of the eight’s 320 hp, the six is rated at 255 horses. The six is redlined, however, at an impressive 7000 rpm. Who says you don’t make nifty engines, Rick?