2013 Cadillac SRX 3.6 from North America
Dangerous, and unfriendly to operate
Mechanically, the car is great.
I am concerned about safety in this car. If I don't mention it here, it's fine.
However, this item is big for me. The front window is installed in such a way that there two very large completely blind areas for the driver. The window mount posts are much wider than necessary, and are installed diagonally.
From about 9:45 on a clock to 10:30 on a clock, the driver is blind as to what is in front and to the left...
From about 2:00 to 2:45 on a clock face, right side of driver, there is another completely blind side...
I cannot emphasize the magnitude of danger created by this construction design!
I really reached the point of making this bad review follow my panic attack of almost running over an older male pedestrian crossing the street at a stop sign from left to right in front of my car. He was totally invisible to me, totally. I almost hit him.
Fortunately, he stepped out of my blind spot and I was able to stop short of hitting him, but just barely.
I don't expect that Cadillac would step up and say, 'Oh, that was our fault due to a faulty design, so let us cover the liability, medical coverage, etc.'...
I think I would rather be faced with, 'What, you are driving a Cadillac, and it has a faulty and dangerous design. And ever I was unable to see the pedestrian through the blind spot, there is a little light that flickers on the dash board, and maybe the seat vibrates also to tell the driver that he/she is about to create a fatality.' And, consider this, it would be bad enough to take out a pedestrian, but what if it was a bus, or a dump truck, or a tractor-trailer, or a train that was hidden in your blind spot?? Just food for nightmarish thought.
And, how can I not mention the voice-command navigation system... Over one year now I've owned this Cadillac SRX, and I have yet to successfully find an address using this system. It understands nothing I say. And I am a native-tongue American citizen, with a couple of college degrees, both language-oriented. And if I type the address in on the screen, it never finds the address. And it 'speaks' to you as if YOU are stupid...
I think buyers should expect a lot more from America's premium luxury car.
I hope this serves to enlighten some prospective shoppers, and that it might even generate a concern within GM to address these issues.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th May, 2014