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2013 Cadillac SRX

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2013 Cadillac SRX Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2013

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 the SRX

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.

CUE SYSTEM
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.

2013 Cadillac SRX Details
2013 Cadillac SRX photo Interior

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
2013 Cadillac SRX photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.6-liter V6
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)

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2013 Cadillac SRX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 155 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Outstanding automobile

By on Friday, November 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,666

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price for luxury auto."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is an outstanding machine. Although it only has 10,00 miles it is a sure winner in all respects. A head turner."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

love this vehicle

By on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,050

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the fourth Cadillac I have owned. I have also owned Buicks, BMWs, Chevys and Lincolns. I always end up trading cars for the Cadillac. Performance, interior room, gas mileage are great. Granted I only have 2050 miles on the SRX but I am very happy with the SUV."

16 people out of 24 found this review helpful

priced too high for what you get

By on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,900

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great looking car. Very pretty inside and out"

Cons: "Too much tire and road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I love the look of the car. Exterior and interior. I hate the road noise. Does not feel like a luxury car. I had a Chevrolet equinox (must cheaper) and it drove pretty much the same and maybe even had less road noise. If you are on the highway driving turn up that radio because all you hear is the roaring of the tires on the pavement. I bought the premium (top of the line) and it came with Wi-Fi, xm radio, onstar, however after 3 months you have to pay for all that stuff. It adds up to quite a lot of money"

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

THE WORST car I have EVER owned!

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "There are no pros regarding this car"

Cons: "Everything from the ground up!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I leased this car after getting a mailer to turn in a Lincoln MKX - a decision that I have regretted since I drove the car off the lot. At first I took it in frequently to try and get each issue fixed, but it got to the point where I was spending more time trying to get it fixed rather than driving it. Now I just go in for the oil changes and say that the same things are STILL not fixed. Unfortunately all of them together do not make this car qualify as a lemon since none of them individually or all together will cause bodily damage. They are all just annoying problems. Our Ford F150 has a better ride than this car and we would now rather take it on long drives than the Cadillac SRX. Our lease is up in about 7 months and I have already started looking for a new car and will never get another GM car!"

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

My second SRX in three years is great

By on Sunday, September 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 273

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very good price loaded and great to drive."

Cons: "Bucket seat lack of padding is only complaint."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Just on my second SRX 3 years, I can say these SRX's are the handiest, best driving car I have owned. You sit high over the road but the automobile is not top heavy at all, corners well even at high speeds. All the extras like RainSense (automatic windshield wipers), easy to set controls with CUE and the steering wheel controls, the height of the loading area makes putting groceries into the car a breeze, no lifting and no stooping, and it feels so safe, so strong, like it is actually made from a solid piece of good steel. My single complaint is that Cadillac should have put more padding into the bucket seats. Everything else is great and that's why I got another."

19 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Bought this vehicle a year ago. Worst car ever!

By on Monday, September 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Good Looking"

Cons: "everything else"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Got this car a year ago and its been in the shop 6 times. Now the a/c takes an hour to cool the car and blows colder on the passenger side. I'm dumping it ASAP! It will be bad financially, but I can't deal with this "luxury" vehicle any more. DON'T BUY one!!!!"

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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