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KBB Expert Rating: 7.2
The Cadillac SRX is a 5-passenger mid-size luxury crossover SUV that competes well against rivals such as the Lexus RX, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The 2013 SRX is defined by its angular and athletic looks, a strong engine, and the plush cabin and creature comforts expected in a Cadillac. 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.
If you want a luxury SUV with distinctive styling, a manageable size, high-tech features and an appealing starting price, the 2013 Cadillac SRX should be on your consideration list.
If you regularly carry adults in the rear seats, a vehicle with more rear legroom such as the BMW X5, Mercedes M-Class or the less-expensive Acura RDX might be a better option. If resale value is a major factor in your buying decision, consider the Lexus RX or Audi Q5. The SRX's fuel economy also remains underwhelming.
The 2013 SRX has been freshened with a new front fascia that includes LED lighting in the fender vents. Inside, every SRX receives Cadillac's CUE 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Active-noise cancellation aims to make the SRX quieter, and new technology such as adaptive cruise control is available.
Driving Impressions Whether on the highway or a twisty canyon road, the SRX is a capable and competent driving partner. It does not feel as nimble or as quick as a BMW...X3, but the SRX offers a good balance between comfort and agility. The 3.6-liter V6 that arrived in the vehicle last year is a big improvement over past engine options and provides commendable power. As for steering, the SRX's available speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion system helps the SUV feel sporty and offers good feedback as to what's happening on the road below. The SRX's optional all-wheel drive (AWD) system is a sophisticated one that distributes torque from side to side as well as front to back, which helps the tires retain grip on slippery surfaces.
This abbreviation for Cadillac User Experience can also be translated as a top-notch command station for all your audio, phone, climate and navigation needs. This standard system features an 8-inch touch screen that can sync with up to 10 (!) wireless Bluetooth devices. Like tablets and the latest smartphones, the screen recognizes finger swipes and pinch/spread gestures.
DRIVER AWARENESS PACKAGE
This optional system is all about safety. This builds on the SRX's available blind-spot-monitoring and rear cross-traffic systems with features such as a lane-departure warning and Safety Alert Seat, which literally shakes the driver's seat when the vehicle senses potential danger such as drifting from a lane or parking too close to an object.
Step inside the 2013 Cadillac SRX and you'll be greeted by a thoroughly modern – some might say futuristic – cabin awash in supple materials and glimmering gauges. The pop-up navigation screen in past models has been replaced by the 8-inch display for the CUE system high in the dash. Surrounding the screen are a few low-profile buttons for oft-used features such as fan speed and volume control. The new instrument cluster features digital readouts in addition to traditional analog gauges for speed and fuel capacity. The front seats are roomy, but the rear can be snug for taller adults. The rear cargo bay offers flexibility and plenty of capacity.Exterior
When the SRX was redesigned for 2010, the formerly long and tall wagon looked like it went on a diet and got ripped. That chiseled look remains for 2013 with the Cadillac's angular sheetmetal, arching side creases, and stylish but visibility-hampering sloped roof. A new grille and front-fender vents with LED light pipes are a tasteful update to the SRX. Large wheels are also part of this SUV's persona, with the smallest being 18 inches and the largest, 20 inches.
In base form the 2013 SRX offers a decent amount of standard features, but spending a little over $5,000 more and stepping up to the Luxury trim bring a lot more. Base models come with an 8-speaker Bose audio system with dual USB inputs and Bluetooth streaming, dual-zone auto climate control, and keyless entry. The Luxury trim adds the UltraView sunroof, power liftgate, leather seating, heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, power-adjustable pedals, rearview camera, and blind-zone monitoring. The top trim Premium edition brings heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 10-speaker Bose audio system, and the Driver Awareness Package.
AWD can be had on all but base models of the 2013 SRX, and other options vary by trim. Among them are a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, and the Driver Awareness Package with features like lane-departure warning. A trailering provisions option equips the SRX with a hitch and wiring harness, while the pet cargo partition makes it easier to accommodate Fido.
A direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 is standard in the 2013 Cadillac SRX. The engine makes a commendable 308 horsepower but its fuel economy tops out at 24 mpg for the highway. Rivals such as the BMW X3, Acura RDX and Audi Q5 achieve better fuel-economy figures with both 6-cylinder and 4-cylinder engines. Unlike some rivals, the SRX does not require premium gasoline, and the driver-selectable Eco mode is said to slightly improve efficiency by changing transmission shift points. The engine is also flex-fuel capable, meaning it can run on a gasoline/ethanol blend. All Cadillac SRXs employ a 6-speed automatic transmission. The SRX can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
308 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
265 lb-ft of torque at 2,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (front-wheel drive), 16/23 mpg (AWD)
By Melanie on Sunday, July 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfortable, interior is top class, good mileage"
Cons: "not quiet ride, needs more pick up speed,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Beautiful interior and exterior. Great ride but pick up is not as good as my Lexus. It is also a little noisier than the Lexus. I don't like that there is not a cup holder cover. I also wish there was a way to auto update the gps and I wish I could use via Bluetooth while driving if I need directions. Overall a great vehicle."
By lena on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
I don't own this caroverall rating 6 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"If it had a spare tire, I would have bought the car... instead you are forced to be towed directly to where you will purchase a new tire.... and there goes half your day, when all I would have needed to do was change the tire and worry about a new one later."
4 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By reddog706 on Saturday, July 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great ride and tons of features and toys"
Cons: "Had flat tire and the 20" replacement tire is $225"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I was shopping with my wife for a smaller crossover type SUV as we are now in our 50s and wanted something of that style for self traveling and family outings. We weren't even considering a Cadillac and were looking at Honda, Kia, Mitsubishi, etc We found once we added all the amenities we like such as AWD, Great sound system, and a must have Navigation system that all these cars ended up in the 30K+ range. One day we drove by a dealer and saw this awesome looking car (2011 SRX) out front with a 35K price tag on the window. The car was a few years old, had 22K miles, and looked brand new. The rest is history. For those that don't know, I assure you there is nothing like owning a Cadillac! This car has been awesome and we keep finding new features on it even after owning it over a year. We just love it!"
5 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Mama on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Smooth and comfortable"
Cons: "Gas guzzler"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"We've owned at least 10 car , both foreign and domestic, and the SRX is by far the most comfortable, smooth riding car. Guzzles gas though."
8 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By Renegade on Tuesday, May 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "High Price, drives fine"
Cons: "has lots of blind spots,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"My husband thought he got such a good deal on this vehicle, it had 32,000 mi on it , we thought it looked like new. since we have had it , we cannot go out in rain for it soaking our feet. it took a friend of ours who does body work about 5 min., after seeing it, to tell us it is leaking from moon roof, when dealership checked that out they agreed, they have tried twice to fix it, it is not as bad , unless it's a hard rain,then the carpet gets soaked again !Our friend also informed us it had been wrecked,the carfax did not disclose this , nor did the dealership! Our friend is an expert at body work, so I do believe him. WE PAID AROUND $35,000.00 FOR THIS CAR, KELLY BLUE bOOK LIST THIS CAR'S value at $24,000.00.Being Senior Citizens is very hard when you have people like this dealership taking care of you. we cannot afford to trade cars, so we are just stuck!!My husband wanted a luxery SUV so bad, that he let people take advantage , now we are told we could have bought a new one for a little more,Well so much for the "Golden Years", we just have to be sure not to get out in the rain in our $35,000.00 Cadillac"
9 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By pio on Saturday, April 12, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Luxurious ride especially on long trips."
Cons: "Navigation does not show street names of exits"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Exceptional ride especially on long trips. Have had very minor issues in the last 4 years. Cargo space is also very good."
2 people out of 7 found this review helpful