I have had three SRX, one six and two V8, one with the third row seat and two without. They are comfortable, great in snow, and plenty of clearance for off-roading in the mountains. My last one was an '07 and I got good milage. The third row seat is worthless but in the V8 it is hard to find a used one without the third row seat. You have to have the motor running to put the seat up and down as it takes a lot of juice to do it. The large sun roof is a great feature. Since I no longer live in the mountains and rarely have guest to take off-roading I felt I didn't need it so traded it in for the DTS. My dealer told me anytime I need to take guest off roading he will give me an Escalade to use. I am sure you will love one, especailly if you are replacing a jeep with an SRX. My last one also had the Sport Package and the trailering package.
Was your last one a V8? Good tip on third seat. Do you have more interior room without the third seat? Most of the V8's I've seen are not AWD. I really like the sunroof. Is the SRX as comfortable on trips as the DTS? We use our DTS for long trips now.
The first one was the six and was sold to me as AWD, a year later they replaced it as it was not AWD. I never had a problem with it in snow or in the mountains but my daughter did. The second was a V8 and had the third row seat. it also had an aftermarket small sunroof which I never opened. The last one was also a V8, no third row seat and the large sunroof and also AWD. The seats are very comfortable, they hold your back in a good position. I also liked the shifter as you just tap it to shift up and down which is great in the mountains or on snow and ice. I shift up and down rather than useing brakes, much safer and better control of the vehicle. Maybe you need to make a trip to Colorado as most all of the SRX here are AWD. The DTS is the best for long trips but I am sure, depending on age, size, and medical conditions you will find the SRX is the best cross over. I am almost 76, have degenerative disc desease, which equates 24 hours a day pain. If I needed an suv I would buy an SRX again. They are easy to get in and out of and the cargo space is very good. Without the third seat you have compartments in the floor which I used for my rock hunting tools. Since you have the DTS and the XLR, I would get an SRX that is loaded with all the bells and whistles. Everyone I know that has one loves them just as I did. I live in a small enclave and there are several other types of cross overs here, the SRX is by far the best, one neighbor is on his second one. Hope this helps you.
I had an 2005 SRX, 6 with third row seating, on a 3 year lease. It's was a great SUV with plenty of power. We took weekly trips to our ski house up in Vermont and never had a problem in the snow. In fact it was more sure footed than any other SUV I have ever owned.
Turned it in for a CTS/4, which handles equally well but doesn't have the room.
When my current lease is up I'm getting another SRX.
From your neighbor to the north,
I had a 2005 AWD SRX 6 that I drove all over northeast Ohio. Just sold it this last summer with 40,000 miles on it to one of my family members. Plenty of power. It was great in the snow. No maintenance issues. I didn't realize just how much leg room was in it until I started shopping around and looked at other models such as the STS for example. And the sunroof was exceptionally great. Bottom line is that it was a great car. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.