Cadillac SRX

#14 in Luxury Midsize SUVs Overall Score: 8.1 / 10
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2016 Cadillac SRX Overview

The 2016 Cadillac SRX ranks 14 out of 20 Luxury Midsize SUVs.

The 2016 SRX carries all the luxury traditionally associated with the Cadillac brand and boasts a strong engine and nimble handling. However, when considering all the data and reviews that make up our rankings, the ...

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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Quality interior materials
  • Adept handling
  • Confusing infotainment system
  • Limited back-seat headroom
  • Low fuel economy

Notable for 2016

  • Nothing notable

Cadillac SRX Rankings and Research

The 2016 Cadillac SRX ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Cadillac SRX has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 65 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.7
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_5

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2016 Cadillac SRX Review

By Bryan Siwik June 24, 2016

The 2016 SRX carries all the luxury traditionally associated with the Cadillac brand and boasts a strong engine and nimble handling. However, when considering all the data and reviews that make up our rankings, the SRX is a mid-to-lower pack luxury midsize SUV. A frustrating and sluggish entertainment system and poor rear-seat passenger room hurt the SRX compared with others.

The 2016 Cadillac SRX is a good value proposition with its high-quality materials, impressive performance, and base price that’s well under $40,000. Higher trim levels include driver assistance technologies and upgraded interior components and top out around $50,000. To purchase competitors such as the BMW X5 and Lexus GX, you’ll have to shell out at least that amount for a base model. The SRX scores highly on safety and crash tests and is a good choice for those who want a capable and comfortable luxury crossover without breaking the bank.

SRX Interior

The Interior Meets Your Expectations …

Seeing a Cadillac badge on the outside of a vehicle immediately creates expectations for a luxurious, well-appointed interior. In that regard, the SRX does not disappoint. Materials and cabin trim are of high quality and are soft to the touch. Leatherette seating comes standard, while real leather upholstery is standard with trims above the base level.

… The Cramped Space Doesn’t

Despite the tasteful design on the inside, passengers in the rear will likely feel claustrophobic and find themselves itching for more headroom. The second-row windows and rear hatch window are small, making the cabin feel cramped and reducing visibility for passengers and the driver alike. If you find yourself in need of more room, you may want to check out the Acura MDX. The Acura is closely priced to the SRX and boasts high-quality interior materials, good legroom in the second row, and a third row perfectly suited to carrying kids but also capable of handling adults in a pinch.

The SRX offers about 30 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which can be expanded to 61 cubic feet with the second row folded down. That space is about average for the class, but don’t panic if those figures seem small: You’ll be able to fit dozens of shopping bags or all your luggage for an impromptu weekend getaway, even with passengers in the back seats.

There’s My CUE to Leave

The standard infotainment system in the SRX is known as the Cadillac User Experience (CUE), though the C could also stand for confusing or convoluted. The 8-inch touch screen is slow to respond to taps and generally lethargic. There is a steep learning curve, thanks to unconventional features like a sliding-bar volume adjustment in lieu of a traditional knob. Other 2016 Cadillacs have received an upgraded system with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Unfortunately, those improvements still elude the SRX.

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SRX Performance

Under the Hood

Step on the gas, and you’ll immediately sense that the standard V6 engine provides all the power you need to haul a full load (of people or stuff) on the highway or around town. Acceleration feels more satisfying than in-your-face exciting – perfect for a luxury crossover. If you want to test the SRX’s limits a little more, the automatic transmission features a manual mode for selecting gears. Throw it into Sport mode for quicker shifts and a livelier driving experience.

The V6 needs to quench its thirst for fuel, which results in low fuel economy numbers. In a class not known for impressive fuel efficiency, every mile per gallon counts, and the SRX’s estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway do it no favors in that category. To minimize your trips to the gas station, Cadillac has equipped the SRX with a 21-gallon gas tank.

Behind the Wheel

Cadillac continues to impress with its focus on improved performance. Steering is quick and responds to your manual inputs precisely, and you will feel quite nimble maneuvering around parking lots or crowded city streets. Opting for all-wheel drive or one of the Premium or Performance packages will give you greater confidence around turns and on winding roads.

The supple interior experience would be wasted if not paired with a comfortable ride quality. The SRX delivers, providing a soft ride free of jarring bumps. Other sportier SUVs, such as the BMW X3, offer a harsher ride.

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SRX Pricing, Options, and Trims

Though the Cadillac badge often causes shoppers to see dollar signs in their heads, the SRX actually has the lowest base MSRP in our class of luxury midsize SUVs. The unnamed standard trim level starts at $37,605 and offers many features that customers have come to expect from a luxury brand. The SRX sits on 18-inch alloy wheels, while passengers sit on premium leatherette seats. Other standard features include an 8-inch touch screen that houses Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio, a USB port, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Standard mechanicals are a 3.6-liter V6 engine with front-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.

There are three available trim upgrades. All-wheel drive, which isn’t available on the base trim, is available on each of the three higher trims. Cadillac also offers the Driver Assist Package, which provides adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, on any trim but the base.

Across the trim levels, the SRX is priced comparably to rivals such as the Audi Q5, though the Caddy offers more features for your money. The midlevel Luxury trim retails for $43,640, or $46,135 with all-wheel drive. Aptly named, this trim includes leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a sunroof, remote ignition, and a power liftgate. A 10-speaker Bose sound system and navigation with voice recognition are optional at this trim level.

For $46,030, you can choose the Performance trim ($48,840 with all-wheel drive). Highlights include 20-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, adaptive headlights, fog lights, a standard 10-speaker Bose system, and navigation with voice recognition. Optional on the Luxury and Performance models is the Driver Awareness Package, which gives you forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and the Cadillac Safety Alert Seat, which alerts the driver of dangers on the sides of the car by causing a vibration on the corresponding side of the seat.

The Driver Awareness Package comes standard on the top-of-the-line SRX Premium, which runs $48,920 for front-wheel drive or $51,730 for all-wheel drive. Premium features include heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

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SRX Safety and Reliability

The SRX receives high safety marks from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The IIHS rated the SRX as Good (the highest rating) in all crash test areas, while the government gave the SUV a five-star overall rating. In brake tests, an SRX came to a complete stop from 60 mph in only 120 feet, impressive for a midsize SUV. Standard safety equipment includes the OnStar system, which features automatic crash notification and on-demand roadside assistance.

Advanced safety technologies on the SRX are plentiful as well. Standard on all but the base model are front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert, which detects approaching objects when you’re backing up. The optional Driver Awareness package includes forward collision warning, which alerts the driver of an impending crash, and lane departure warning, which activates when the vehicle drifts out of its lane. The Safety Alert Seat detects hazards on the sides of the vehicle and causes the driver’s seat to vibrate. The Driver Awareness package comes standard in the SRX Premium. Also available is automatic emergency braking, which stops the car if the driver fails to respond to the collision alert.

In a class renowned for reliability, the SRX earns a respectable, but far from class-leading, score of 3.5 circles out of five on the J.D. Power and Associates predicted reliability scale. This means the Cadillac is a solid car that will probably hold up well over the long run, but it falls well short of the perfect and near-perfect scores earned by the Porsche Cayenne, Lexus RX 350, Lincoln MKX, and others.

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Volvo XC90 has a long list of features. The infotainment system is user-friendly and engaging, almost a necessity in today’s connected world. The second row of seats slides back and reclines, providing ample room for all passengers. An optional third row can still seat adults, besting other third rows, which are more geared toward children. While advanced safety features are only available in higher trims of the SRX, the XC90 offers a rearview camera and automatic emergency braking standard.

If your focus is on interior comfort and a high predicted reliability rating, consider the Lexus RX 350. Materials are tasteful and high-grade, and build quality is top-notch. The RX scores highly on the J.D. Power Reliability Study, indicating that your trips to a mechanic should be few and far between. The RX also claims high fuel economy ratings for the class, with 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

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Details: 2016 Cadillac SRX

The 2016 Cadillac SRX has seating for five and standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available. A 3.6-liter V6 engine is standard and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The SRX is available in four trims: base, Luxury, Performance, and Premium. The SRX was last redesigned for the 2010 model year and sees few changes for 2016. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 through 2016 model years.

The 2016 SRX's standard features include an eight-speaker Bose stereo, Cadillac's CUE infotainment system, OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot capability, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Bose stereo system, navigation, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and Cadillac's Safety Alert seat, which vibrates to warn the driver of road obstructions or when the vehicle veers out of its lane.

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  • "If you're all about aggressive handling and more aerodynamic styling, an Audi Q5 or Infiniti QX70 might be more to your liking. Those seeking better fuel economy might consider the Lexus RX hybrid or Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC diesel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We like nearly everything about the 2015 Cadillac SRX. The standard 308-horsepower V6 engine, for instance, offers just enough muscle and passing power to make the SRX a pleasure to drive. Cadillac's CUE system is mostly intuitive, and we appreciate that it's now standard in any SRX trim level. We appreciate the SRX's styling, and we're certainly grateful for the SUV's long list of standard equipment." -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2015 Cadillac SRX is a solid choice for an entry-level luxury crossover SUV, especially if you're looking for one that's well stocked with safety features. Competitors offer more powerful and efficient engine options, though, and, in many cases, do a better job of integrating technology in the cabin." -- Edmunds

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