2013 Cadillac SRX Review
Test drivers like the 2013 Cadillac SRX’s handy cargo features and strong acceleration, but they say its stylish exterior translates to poor visibility.
The SRX has a V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Overall, most auto writers say the V6 engine provides the Cadillac SRX with strong acceleration, despite its hefty curb weight. Some luxury crossover SUVs are known for nimble handling and a stiff ride, but critics say the SRX offers the best of both worlds because it’s both sporty and comfortable. However, the SRX doesn’t have very good fuel economy ratings for the class. With two-wheel drive, the SRX averages 17/24 mpg city/highway. Fuel economy is slightly worse with optional all-wheel drive. Classmates like the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 not only have better fuel economy, but they also have sportier performance.
The Cadillac SRX has a stylish exterior, but several test drivers say the thick roof pillars and small rear window hinder visibility, which isn’t an issue with rivals such as the Audi Q5. They also report that the sloping roofline decreases headroom for rear passengers. Test drivers think there’s good head- and legroom on the front seats. Auto writers say the cargo area is not only spacious, but offers useful cargo management features like optional under-floor storage and a cargo fence on higher trims. The 2013 Cadillac SRX’s interior is both stylish and well-made. It comes with a lot of standard features, including a new infotainment system called CUE. The SRX also comes with two USB ports, Bluetooth and a Bose stereo. A navigation system, stereo upgrade and a variety of safety features, such as lane departure warning and forward collision alert, are optional or available on higher trims.
- "Some significant interior and feature upgrades make the 2013 Cadillac SRX even more of a compelling luxury crossover choice." -- Edmunds
- "While not as athletic as a BMW X3 or as comfortable as a Lexus RX, the slightly larger Cadillac SRX comes standard with a V6 engine, offers commendable cargo room, and boasts high-tech features such as the new CUE infotainment system. Add in its chiseled looks and competitive starting price, and it's easy to see why the SRX has become one of Cadillac's top sellers." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
If you want to beat the Cadillac SRX’s fuel economy numbers, the Audi Q5 is a good option. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and averages as much as 20/28 mpg city/highway. Even its base turbocharged engine receives praise from test drivers for being both refined and powerful, even though it only has four cylinders. The Q5’s interior is classy, but it isn’t equipped with as many standard features as the SRX.
If you need an off-road vehicle, check out the Land Rover LR2. It’s capable of soaking up bumps in the road, and has Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, which changes the engine, transmission and traction settings based on road conditions. While the LR2 is a great off-road vehicle, keep in mind that its fuel economy ratings are lower than the SRX’s. Reviewers say the LR2 also has very good visibility, which can’t be said for the SRX.
Details: 2013 Cadillac SRX
The 2013 Cadillac SRX seats five and comes in standard, premium, luxury and performance trims. Each trim has a V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional. There are interior material upgrades, including wood trim, as well as additional technology and safety features. The Cadillac SRX was redesigned in 2010, and because it hasn’t changed much since then, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2010 to 2013.