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2014 Cadillac SRX

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2014 Cadillac SRX Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

The Cadillac SRX is a stylish, sophisticated 5-passenger crossover SUV that has helped the luxury brand reach younger buyers. Though the SRX is now four years into its current generation, it still competes well against rivals such as the Lexus RX, BMW X3 and Audi Q5. While not as athletic as the BMW or as comfortable as the Lexus, the slightly larger Cadillac SRX comes standard with a powerful (but rather thirsty) V6 engine, impressive safety features and loads of technology based around its CUE touch-screen infotainment system. Add in chiseled looks and a competitive starting price, and it's easy to see why the SRX is one of Cadillac's best sellers.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want an upscale 5-passenger SUV with a powerful engine, sleek styling, high-tech features, and a manageable size, the 2014 Cadillac SRX deserves a look.

You May Not Like This Car If...

With fuel economy only reaching 24 mpg, the SRX isn't the most-efficient. The Acura RDX attains 28 mpg despite also having a V6, and the BMW X3's turbocharged 4-cylinder also reaches 28 mpg while feeling more athletic. If you need extra room, the comparatively priced 7-passenger Infiniti QX60 or Acura MDX make more sense.

What's New for 2014

Other than the availability of 18-inch chrome wheels, new color choices and the Intellibeam automatically controlled high-beam headlights, the 2014 Cadillac SRX remains much the same as last year's model.

Driving the SRX

Driving Impressions On both highways and canyon roads, the 2014 SRX is a competent companion. At around 4,300 pounds or more, it doesn't feel as quick or nimble as a BMW X3,...

but the Cadillac offers a good balance of agility and the comfort for which this brand is known. The 308-horsepower V6 that arrived for duty two years ago does a good job getting the SUV up to speed and is a big improvement over the SUV's past powerplants. The speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion system used on higher trims of the SRX gives this midsize SUV a sportier feel and offers good road feedback. If you routinely drive on snow-covered or slick roads, consider the all-wheel-drive (AWD) option offered on all but base trims. The system improves traction with the ability to shift power to wheels with the best grip.

AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING
Today's vehicles are safer and smarter than some of us ever could have imagined. One prime example is the SRX's ability to not only detect an imminent low-speed collision when moving forward or in reverse, but to alert the driver and then, if necessary, intervene by stopping the vehicle.

BOSE SILENCE AND SOUND
In addition to the Bose audio systems that are standard in the 2014 SRX, Cadillac's crossover SUV comes with Bose Active Noise Cancellation. The system works to hush outside sounds by monitoring them via three microphones, then generating counter signals that essentially cancel out the unwanted noise.

2014 Cadillac SRX Details
2014 Cadillac SRX photo Interior

The SRX's cabin is thoroughly modern, and then some. 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. The front seats are roomy, though the 3-passenger rear seat can be tight for taller adults. 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. The UltraView sunroof does a good job giving the cabin an airy feel.

Exterior
2014 Cadillac SRX photo

Athletic and attractive are just two ways of describing Cadillac's crossover SUV. The SRX's sense of style is highlighted by angular sheet metal and a stylish – but visibility-hampering – sloped roof. Prominent creases rise along the sides from just aft the front wheels to below the rear windows, conveying a sense of momentum. The power lift gate – standard on all but base models – is an arm-saver. Twin tailpipes and large, 18- or 20-inch wheels round out a package well-suited for a young executive.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base form, the 2014 SRX offers a decent set of standard features, but spending around $5,000 more and stepping up to the Luxury trim brings a lot more. Base models come with an 8-speaker Bose sound system with dual USB inputs and Bluetooth streaming, and dual-zone auto climate control. Leatherette is the upholstery in base models. Stepping up to the Luxury trim brings real leather, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, a rear backup camera, keyless access, and blind-spot monitoring, which is a big help on crowded roads. The top-end Premium trim adds 10-speaker Bose audio, navigation, a ventilated driver's seat to keep your rump cool, and safety features like lane-departure warning.

Optional Equipment

AWD can be had on all but base models of the 2014 SRX. Other options vary by trim. Among them are the Driver Assist Package that includes the automatic braking feature and adaptive cruise control. Other goodies of note include a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, Safety Seat Alert (it alerts the driver to a potential collision by vibrating the seat), and a pet cargo partition to accommodate Fido.

Under the Hood

The 2014 SRX uses a direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 that makes 308 horsepower, a stout amount for this class and a number that tops most rivals. Unlike some luxury competitors, the SRX does not require premium gasoline, and the driver-selectable Eco mode is said to slightly improve efficiency by changing transmission shift points. For 2014, the SRX is no longer E85 compatible. All Cadillac SRXs employ a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is the SRX's standard format, with all-wheel drive optional. Towing capacity is 3,500 pounds. The SRX's powertrain warranty runs six years or 70,000 miles. Another nice perk is Cadillac's standard Premium Care Maintenance program, which covers services such as oil changes for four years or 50,000 miles.

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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2014 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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