2011 Cadillac
SRX
vs. 2011 GMC
Terrain SLE

2011 Cadillac SRX

9.9

starting from

$42,415

Reasons to buy the Cadillac SRX

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Massive towing weight
3,500 lb
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Average power
265 HP @ 6,950 RPM
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2011 GMC Terrain SLE

8.8

Runner-up

GMC Terrain SLE

starting from

$25,310

Reasons to buy the GMC Terrain SLE

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Power outlets
Standard
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Great braking distance from 60mph
112 ft
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Cadillac SRX Winner: SRX
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  • The SRX 's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The SRX has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Cadillac SRX Winner: SRX
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.7
2011 Cadillac SRX Winner: SRX
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  • The SRX can carry more than 3x more weight, 3,500 lb vs 1,162 lb
  • Almost the same, 55.2 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3
Cost 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 GMC Terrain SLE Winner: Terrain SLE
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  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $17,105 cheaper (more than 40% less), $25,310 vs $42,415
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • The Terrain SLE has extraordinary brakes, and the SRX is pretty good, too
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance - vs 10.0
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  • More gears
Overall 9.9 vs 8.8

Entertainment System

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The SRX has more speakers and the Terrain SLE is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Terrain SLE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the SRX does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The SRX can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Luxury Features

Cadillac
SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the SRX 's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the SRX ; the Terrain SLE only offers cloth seats

Practicality

Cadillac
SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 61.1 ft3 vs 63.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.2 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3 The SRX has average-sized front seats, while the Terrain SLE is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 3,500 lb vs 1,162 lb The SRX can carry a phenomenal amount of weight, and the Terrain SLE is comparable to most other vehicles
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The Terrain SLE's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the SRX
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The Terrain SLE has an OK number of cupholders while the SRX has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Cadillac
SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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MSRP $42,415 vs $25,310 The Terrain SLE has a great price, but the SRX is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 22 mpg The Terrain SLE has great city mileage and the SRX is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The SRX 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Terrain SLE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The SRX 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Terrain SLE's is very short

Safety Features

Cadillac
SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Road Tests

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SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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0-60 mph 8.6 seconds vs 8.1 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 126 ft vs 112 ft The Terrain SLE has extraordinary brakes, and the SRX is pretty good, too
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1/4 mile 16.9 s s @ 85.0 mph mph vs 16.3 s s @ 85.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.75 g The SRX has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Terrain SLE
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Cadillac
SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 5 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Performance

Cadillac
SRX
2011 Cadillac SRX
2011 GMC Terrain SLE GMC
Terrain SLE
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Horsepower 265 HP @ 6,950 RPM vs 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM The SRX is of average power, but the Terrain SLE is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the SRX 's semi-automatic transmission and the Terrain SLE's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.6 lb/hp vs 21.2 lb/hp The SRX has OK performance while the Terrain SLE gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The SRX has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 40.0 ft

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Cadillac SRX 2011 Buick Enclave CXL SRX vs Enclave CXL
2011 Cadillac SRX 2011 Ford Edge SEL SRX vs Edge SEL
2011 Cadillac SRX 2012 GMC Acadia SLE SRX vs Acadia SLE
2011 Cadillac SRX 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS SRX vs Traverse LS
2011 Cadillac SRX 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 SRX vs CTS 3.6
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Terrain SLE vs Acadia SLE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Terrain SLE vs Traverse LS
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Terrain SLE vs RAV4 Limited
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Terrain SLE vs Highlander SE
2011 GMC Terrain SLE 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Terrain SLE vs Explorer Limited

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