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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 New York Auto Show in New York City.
Cadillac SRX

What is it? This midsized luxury SUV is updated for 2013 with styling tweaks and new electronic safety and convenience features. the Cadillac User Experience infotainment system can be controlled by voice or through an eight-inch touch screen. The system includes a motorized faceplate that conceals a storage area for electronic devices, with an illuminated USB port. The 308-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are carried over, along with a choice of front or all-wheel drive. The interior is updated with a new instrument panel, along with active noise cancellation for a quieter cabin. Standard safety features include rear cross traffic alert and side blind spot warning, and optional equipment includes automatic front and rear braking, adaptive cruise control, and new technology that vibrates the driver’s seat cushion to warn drivers when the vehicle is drifting from its lane.

What is new or notable? Cadillac’s Safety Alert Seat technology is designed to alert drivers when their vehicle is straying from its lane by vibrating their seat cushion on the appropriate side.

CR’s take: The Cadillac User Experience (shortened to CUE) mimics the look and feel of a smartphone with icons that grow larger as a finger approaches. The screen includes haptic feedback and responds to pinch and swipe motions like a phone. It remains to be seen whether the system will reduce, or add to distraction.

When will it be available? Fall 2012.

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