So, I just left a week-long test in the Lexus RX 350 and figured I should revisit my RX vs. SRX comparo. Since the all-new SRX is directly attacking the RX, let's break it down by some of the major categories and see who the winner is ...
Overall styling: The hands-down winner is the SRX. The edgy styling gets a bit softer for 2010, but it still out cools the RX, which didn't do much to spruce up it's exterior styling for the new generation. And the interior winner is even clearer: SRX, SRX, SRX! Everything inside bespeaks of classy luxury. Fit and finish is excellent, and it's just all around attractive. The RX, even with the optional remote touch, just comes off as cheap.
Engine power: OK. I've got to give this one to the RX. The
3.5-liter V-6 delivers 275 horsepower, and acceleration is smooth and
seamless while the engine noise is pretty much non-existent. In
comparison, the SRX the base 3.0-liter V-6 is downright clunky (and
loud!) with the 265 horsepower.
Seat comfort: Hmmm. RX again. The option bottom seat bolster
adjustment was a bonus that edged my opinion more strongly in favor of
the RX, but the overall cushy softness wins out over the hard slab of a
bottom bolster found in the SRX.
Greenability: The RX has it again. Not only does the SRX's
3.0-liter V-6 get the same city/highway fuel economy as the RX's
3.5-liter V-6 (18/25 mpg), but the RX also offers a hybrid version
whereas the SRX does not. Yet. (Cadillac: hint, hint!)
Tech features: While I really do like the RX's optional remote
touch, the SRX is back in the game with the option touch screen
navigation and height programmable rear liftgate. Standard OnStar is
also always a huge bonus in GM products.
Ride & handling: This is more of a personal preference
thing, and in my book the winner is the SRX. It's got a stiffer
suspension and sportier handling than the RX, which I really like. The
RX is more of a cushy, luxury ride that's soft on bumps and squishy
Pricing: This one is clearly in the SRX court. Base price for Cadillac's crossover is $33,830 while the Lexus RX rings in at $37,625.
So, the winner is ... Well, beauty and comfort is in the eye of the beholder, But my winner is still the SRX, and much of that has to do with the absolute quality of the vehicle and overall appearance. Not to mention you get more bang for your buck with the SRX.