Cadillac SRX

2016 Cadillac SRX

The Cadillac SRX is a five-passenger luxury crossover SUV with a placid ride, potent powertrain, deluxe accommodations, and the latest technology. Unlike the big, dazzling, chrome-bedecked Escalade, built on a GM truck platform, the SRX is built on a unitbody, like a car. The two models could hardly be more different, especially in capabilities and road behavior.

Although SRX is now the oldest model in Cadillacs lineup, it still appears fresh. Tasteful, too, because GMs decade-old Art & Science design theme is more subtle on the SRX. Little has changed for 2016, other than deleting adjustable pedals from the Luxury edition. This is the SRXs final season, as a replacement named XT5 is expected for 2017.

Only a single powertrain is offered: a strong and smooth 3.6-liter V6 engine, making 308 horsepower and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available. Acceleration is satisfactory, taking about seven seconds to reach 60 mph.

SRX ranks near the peak of its class in safety, having earned five-star crash-test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick.

On the downside, this crossover has a heavier driving feel than expected. Thats partly due to transmission gearing, but mainly the result of vehicle weight, well above two tons. At the same time, fuel economy scores significantly below average. Cadillac provides quite an array of safety systems, including adaptive cruise control and cross traffic alert, as well as a Safety Alert seat and automatic front/rear braking assist.

As for overall technology, SRX has practically been a showcase for some of the latest devices and systems. Every SRX has Cadillacs CUE infotainment system, which includes enhanced controls, plus an eight-inch screen interface with proximity sensing.

Four trim levels are available, each with an interior thats distinctive as well as luxurious. Active noise cancellation uses a microphone to detect ambient noise and counteracts harshness, making the interior remarkably quiet. GMs OnStar system includes 4G LTE connectivity, allowing creation of an in-car wi-fi network.


2014 Cadillac SRX

One of the top-selling luxury crossovers in the U.S., the Cadillac SRX boasts unique styling, luxurious cabin appointments, a powerful engine, and a ride that's smooth and able.

Cadillac launched its first SRX for 2004. The 2013 Cadillac SRX got a revised interior that incorporated Cadillac's CUE touchscreen interface. An acronym for Cadillac User Experience, the large screen uses proximity sensors, haptic feedback and voice recognition to control phone, audio and navigation functions. Unlike many luxury vehicles with proprietary interfaces (like the BMW iDrive and Mercedes Benz's COMAND system), there is no central control knob on the center console; all functions are performed either through voice or via the touchscreen. CUE has received mixed reviews from experts and consumers. Its natural voice recognition, when it works properly, is a refreshing change from some systems that require the user to memorize specific commands. But a few idiosyncrasies, and a glossy screen that shows fingerprints, easily make CUE far from perfect.

New safety packages, already found on Cadillac's XTS and ATS sedans, also debuted on the 2013 SRX. With the Driver Awareness package, the driver's seat will vibrate to warn the driver of an impending collision. More active-safety features are available, such as automatic collision preparation and automatic low-speed braking, both when going forward and when in reverse.

Except for three new color choices, little has changed for 2014, except that Intellibeam headlamps are included in the Driver Awareness Package. With those headlamps, high beams deploy automatically when needed and instantly turn off when oncoming traffic is detected. Later in the 2014 model year, 18-inch chrome-plated wheels will be available on the Luxury Collection. Otherwise, the SRX carries over essentially unchanged following a significant update for 2012. Four trim levels are offered: base SRX, Luxury Collection, Performance Collection, and Premium Collection.

Cadillac SRX is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 308 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The 3.6-liter V6 uses many weight-saving techniques, such as a plastic intake manifold, lighter connecting rods, and exhaust manifolds that are integrated into the cylinder heads. To combat the ticking noise characteristic of direct-injection systems, Cadillac engineers packed on added sound-proofing material in strategic places, which helps to keep the cabin quiet. Active noise cancellation promises a quieter experience in the SRX.

Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is available for all but the base model. AWD incorporated an electronic limited-slip differential, to improve traction on slippery surfaces. It can also provide side-to-side transfer to enhance control during hard cornering.

Fuel economy for the 2014 Cadillac SRX is an EPA-rated 17/24 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive, or 16/23 mpg with all-wheel-drive models. All SRX models have a 6-speed automatic transmission. A driver-selectable Eco feature alters shift points, boosting gas mileage by up to 1 mpg, according to Cadillac.

Inside, the SRX continues to impress with upscale materials and thoughtful design. Smart cargo solutions appeal to practical senses. An optional Pet Guard Cargo Net behind the front seats can help keep your dog in back and may help prevent cargo from flying up front when braking hard. A rear U-well rail system uses adjustable sliding bars to keep gear in place, rather than using nets or boxes that rattle. For 2014, the center console has two additional USB ports, an SD card slot and a 12-volt power outlet.

Midsize premium crossovers such as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 give the more powerful SRX a run for its money, but we'd take the Cadillac any day over the best-selling Lexus RX.


2013 Cadillac SRX

One of the top-selling luxury crossovers in the U.S., the Cadillac SRX boasts unique styling, luxurious cabin appointments, a powerful engine, and a ride that's smooth and able.

The 2013 Cadillac SRX gets a revised interior that incorporates Cadillac's CUE touchscreen interface. An acronym for Cadillac User Experience, the large screen uses proximity sensors, haptic feedback and voice recognition to control phone, audio and navigation functions. Unlike many luxury vehicles with proprietary interfaces (like the BMW iDrive and Mercedes Benz's COMAND system), there is no central control knob on the center console and all functions are performed either through voice or via the touchscreen. CUE has received mixed reviews from experts and consumers. Its natural voice recognition, when it works properly, is a refreshing change from some systems that require the user to memorize specific commands. But a few idiosyncrasies and a glossy screen that shows fingerprints easily makes CUE far from perfect.

New safety packages, already found on the XTS and ATS sedans, also debut on the 2013 SRX. With the Driver Awareness package, the driver's seat will vibrate to warn the driver of an impending collision. More active-safety features are available for 2013, such as automatic collision preparation and automatic low-speed braking, both when going forward and when in reverse.

The front fascia of the 2013 SRX has been mildly refreshed. Otherwise, the SRX carries over essentially unchanged following a significant update for 2012.

SRX is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 308 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The 3.6-liter V6, which debuted for 2012, uses many weight saving techniques, such as a plastic intake manifold, lighter connecting rods and exhaust manifolds which are integrated into the heads. To combat the ticking noise characteristic of direct-injection systems, Cadillac engineers packed on added sound-proofing material in strategic places for 2012, which helps to keep the cabin quiet.

Fuel economy for the 2013 Cadillac SRX is an EPA-rated 17/24 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive, 16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive models.

All-wheel drive is available for all but the base model. Front-wheel drive is standard.

Inside, the SRX continues to impress with upscale materials and thoughtful design. Smart cargo solutions appeal to practical senses. An optional Pet Guard Cargo Net behind the front seats can help keep your dog in back and may help prevent cargo from flying up front in hard braking. A rear U-well rail system uses adjustable sliding bars to keep gear in place, rather than using nets or boxes that rattle.

Midsize crossovers such as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 give the more powerful SRX a run for its money, but we'd take the Cadillac any day over the best-selling Lexus RX.


 

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