Following our reviews of DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes R350 and Chrysler Pacifica, we just got hold of Cadillac's offering in the SUV/station wagon/minivan segment, the SRX. We just took receipt of a gleaming, fully-loaded silver review model this afternoon, and lost no time taking it for a quick spin around the sunny streets of San Francisco. Inside, the SRX has many of the upscale appointments of the 2007 Cadillac Escalade we reviewed earlier this year: leather and burled-wood trim; touch-screen navigation; and CD/MP3/WMA/DVD in-dash multimedia head unit with auxiliary input jack. A couple of the things that really endeared us to the SRX are its voice-recognition capabilities, and its huge, motorized panoramic sunroof.
Similar to the Escalade, the SRX recognizes around 40 commands, enabling drivers to switch between audio sources and map views without taking their hands from the wheel. While the system doesn't support destination entry via voice command, it does let you "voice tag" destinations that have been manually entered on the map. After tagging our offices here as "CNET," we barked out our order, and the navigation duly brought us home. To enjoy the ride, we opened up the SRX's huge, panoramic sunroof that stretches way back over the back seats to give rear passengers in both the second (and available third) row a view of the heavens. Second-row seats in the SRX are also "tiered" to give back-seat drivers a view of the road ahead.
We're looking forward to spending a good deal of time cruising around in the SRX over the next week, and we'll be bringing a full review of Caddy's newest addition to CNET Car Tech shortly.