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MSRP: $37,605 - $51,155
Invoice: $35,537 - $47,830
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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Cadillac SRX Interior

Reviewers generally like the 2014 Cadillac SRX's cabin, noting that it looks upscale and is constructed with mostly high-quality materials. Still, a few test drivers say that the SRX also falters with a confusing infotainment system.

  • "Inside, the SRX's interior trim has a high-quality look and feel, and everything is nicely put together for the most part. We wish some of the wood accents didn't look quite so polished, but the overall impression is an excellent blend of technology-meets-luxury." -- Edmunds
  • "The SRX's cabin is thoroughly modern, and then some." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "SRX features a tasteful blend of wood and metal-look trim. Padding on the doors is a bit thin, but all of the surfaces, even those made from hard plastic, look very classy." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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Seating

The SRX seats five and comes standard with leatherette seating and an eight-way power driver's seat. Full leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear outboard seats and a power passenger seat are optional. Reviewers say the front seats are spacious, but that the back seat gets cramped if you have three passengers. Other test driver note that models with the optional sunroof are a bit short on headroom, and that rearward visibility is compromised because of thick roof pillars.

  • "The front seats are roomy, though the 3-passenger rear seat can be tight for taller adults." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Cadillac SRX offers ample room for four adults, although headroom is snug in the rear seat, particularly when the panoramic sunroof is in place." -- Edmunds
  • "Plenty of headroom and legroom for taller folks. Seats are firm but comfortable. ... Thick roof pillars obscure visibility to most angles, and the small rear window restricts the view straight aft." -- Consumer Guide (2011)

Interior Features

Standard equipment on the 2014 Cadillac SRX includes an eight-speaker Bose stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Cadillac's CUE infotainment system and dual-zone automatic climate control. Optional equipment includes a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded 10-speaker Bose stereo, navigation, tri-zone automatic climate control and a rear-seat entertainment system. Optional safety equipment includes a backup camera, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and Cadillac's Safety Alert seat, which vibrates to alert the driver of obstructions or when the vehicle is swerving out of its intended lane.

Most critics focus their attention to the CUE system, and give it mixed reviews. They like the way it looks, but find that it doesn't always respond to driver inputs quickly enough. Additionally, test drivers also note that CUE takes some time to master.

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  • "Shorthand for Cadillac User Experience, CUE is slick and aesthetically pleasing, as it dispenses with traditional buttons and dials in favor of a central touchscreen display surrounded by other touch-type controls that require you to tap or slide your finger as if you were using a smartphone. It's a hands-on glimpse at the future of automotive design, but we've also found CUE slow to respond to touch inputs and, in some cases, clumsier to use than a conventional control layout. You get used to these foibles in time, but fortunately there are other good reasons to consider the Cadillac SRX." -- Edmunds
  • "Last year's introduction of the CUE infotainment is something of a double-edged sword. With its touch-sensitive 8-inch display, the system is sophisticated, but requires a steep learning curve to operate when driving." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The SRX offers 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 61.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The SRX's cargo area is competitively-sized with many rivals in the class. Reviewers say the SRX's cargo space is useful, and appreciate that the opening height of the liftgate can be adjusted so it doesn't hit low-hanging ceilings. One test driver also finds small-item storage in the cabin impressive.

  • "Behind the folding and reclining rear seat is about 30 cubic feet of cargo space. That's less than a smaller SUV like the Honda CR-V, but ample for all but the biggest shopping splurges." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Impressive cabin storage includes upper and lower gloveboxes, a two-tier console box, unusual two-tier map pockets in the doors, a couple of small dash bins, and two open console cupholders." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Cadillac put a lot of thought into the cargo area, however - the power tailgate (standard on all but the base SRX) has a two-position height setting so the tailgate won't whack low garage ceilings, and the nifty U-ring track in the cargo floor allows a fence to be erected to contain fragile cargo." -- Edmunds (2011)
Review Last Updated: 6/20/14

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