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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, JANUARY 26, 2012, PAGE 6 + q85-386.32002 IIIII[II I III II I mulul i00om Ret00aze 386-8802 610 W. Pine - Ponchatoula Tune Ups Electrical Air Conditioning Fuel Injection Brakes Computer Engine Service Carburetor Hours: Mondaythru Friday 7:30 am to 6 p m Cadillac SRX4 a crossover success By CHRIS O'CONNOR Times On Wheels Columnist Last week, The Ponchatoula Times test drive team reviewed Chrysler's new Jeep Wrangler. Comparing that unique driving experience with this week's General Motor's Cadillac 2012 SRX4 presents the team a perfect opportunity to discuss exactly what a "crossover" means. The idea was to create a vehicle that would be somewhere be- tween a car and a truck. It was thought that this could become one of the fastest growing segments in the automobile universe and they were right. All auto manufactures now offer at least one crossover and Cadillac really has gotten that market niche right with this year's SRX4. The model tested had sleek silver on silver lines on the outside, officially called "Radiant Silver Metallic" on its pedigree papers. Inside it radiates Cadillac elegance. Road noise? What road noise? This has to be one of he quietest cabins on the market and that is even with the sunroof open. With the simple push of a button the panoramic sun/moon roof recedes all the way back into the rear seating compartment. Stylish: this is a good looking vehicle, inside and out. The rakish roof line gives a suggestion of speed aided by a windswept profile, and the scalloped doors and constrained use of chrome suggest refinement. A favorite touch mentioned by passengers and onlook- ers included the rear taillights that give homage to the wonderful tail-fins of older Caddy's. Inside, everything is just as it should be in a Cadillac. French stitched leather inserts and wood grain trim flank a dashpanel that has an Art Deco look. The brain trust in Michigan have the brass to present riders with a long sassy air conditioning grill flanked by a classy analog clock. From the center of the backseat my usual surly backseat companion opined, "It's retro-cool, I feel like I'm approaching the palace of the Wizard of Oz." Still focusing on front and center, if you are driving solo, the SRX4 can serve as your copilot dio, entertainment options (in- with easy to use high tech com- cluding rear DVD screens and ponents that are well laid out. headphones) and navigation The rear backup screen, XM ra- PLEASE SEE PAGE 8 I JACKSON-VAUGH.00 AGENCY INC 121 West Pine - Ponchatoula 985.386.3511 Call Us For.411 Ibur Insurance Need5 SPARKY WELLES - President & Manager - START THE NEW YEAR I NEW 2012 FORD FOCUS SE SEDAN STK#12234 NEW 2011 FORD EDGE SE FWD STK#11591 2012 FORD MUSTANG V6 COUPE PREMII 5TK#12066 MSRP. .................................... $19,685 BILL HOOD DISCOUNT. .......... -$1950 FACTORY REBATE ............... -$500 FMCC CASH...: .................... -$500 TOTAL $16,735 BUY FOR ONLY PER MONTH* NEW 2012 FORD F150 4X2 CREW CAB STK#12229 MSRR ................................... $29,300 BILL HOOD DISCOUNT. ....... -$1808 FACTORY REBATE ............... -$1500 FMCC CASH ......................... -$1000 BONUS CASH ........................ -$500 TOTAL $24,492 BUY FOR ONLY PER MONTH* NEW 2012 FORD EXPLORER XLT FWD STK#12290 BUY FOR ONLY MSRR .................................... $30,810 ,111+ BILL HOOD DISCOUNT ............ $2813 + FACTORY REBATE ............... -$1500 2-'I TOTAL $26,497 PER MONTH* NEW 2012 FORD F250 4X4 CREW CAB STK#12281 MSRR .................................... $35,640 BILL HOOD DISCOUNT ........... -$3583 BUY FOR ONLY I FACTORY REBATE ............... -$2000  / I FMCC CASH ......................... $1000 II+ ,,,, I BILLMSRP'HoOD .................................... DISCOUNT ........... $32,805_$2329 , i BONUS CASH ........................ -$IOOO Ul lilil FACTORY REBATE ............... -$I000 I00O-U TOTAL $29,476 I  " I "mMIiiM,-- PER MONTH* BUY FOR ONLY MSRP ..................................... $56,255 BUY FOR ONLY " BILL HOOD DISCOUNT ........... -$5374   FACTORY REBATE ............... -$3000 J ,J FMCC CASH ......................... $1000 lk  PER MONTH* PER MONTH* o *BASED ON 72 MONTHS AT 3.9 % APR WITH $2500 DOWN PLUS TAX, TAG AND LICENSE WITH APPROVED CREDIT. EXPIRES 1/31/12 I-8TI-418-6461 Sell or Buy Anylhin9 You wahl Just $6.49 Ior 20 words -- Ask about Statewide Clasilieds -. Call 98/386-2877 or editor@ponchatoula.com