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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 161 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Great looking, comfortable and economical.

By on Monday, July 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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
8/10

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

"I've had this car for close to two years and I love everything about it except for a few minor things. One, the radio comes on when you put the navigation system on and you have to turn it down if you don't want to listen to it. Turning it off turns off the nav system. The other is that the pop-up screen for the back-up camera sometimes takes its sweet time popping up. I've had to wait about 5 seconds for the stupid thing. The 3.0 liter engine has sufficient power for me and the 6 speed automatic shifts flawlessly and, you don't need to change the transmission oil every 30,000 miles like you do with a CTV tranny. It also runs on regular gas. My overall fuel economy according to the on-board computer is 18.4 MPG over the time I've had it. That's on par with my previous vehicles, a Toyota Sienna and Nissan Murano. It rides well and is almost as agile as the Murano but the seats are very firm. My wife complains about their hardness. All in all, this vehicle ranks among the best I've had and I would recommend it to all of you who drive sanely. If you're cruising the NJ toll roads between toll booths, it may not have the get-up-and-go you'll need. But if you're in small town America, this is the car for you."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Couldn't Find a Better Buy

By on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "An Enjoy to Drive"

Cons: "No Cons"

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

"I am 83 years old and seldom take any long extended trips. I have routine maintenance done at every recommended mileage. And sometimes before. I have driven in Florida for four years and it has never seen any cold snowy weather. It is equipped with On-Star."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Impressed

By on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,250

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"First American car I have owned in over 30 years. Bought mostly Japanese vehicles: (Lexus, Acura, Infinity)in the past. On a suggestion from a friend who owns one, I took a test drive and bought it. Very impressed with the ride,, (better than imports), the build quality has been good and the regular gas feature is GREAT ! Love the design, and have many comments about how good the car looks. Would buy another one without hesitation."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

The dependable SRX great for me and my family

By on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,874

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great engine, appearancee, comfort and safety"

Cons: "I can't think of anything"

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

"Cornering ability in the SRX is surprisingly good, even at high speeds -- not top heavy at all. There is more then enough power in the 308 hp engine to make a speed freak smile. It is comfortable for even tall people. I am 6'3" and can wear a panama hat while driving. I am so satisfied with this car that I am sad they are ceasing to build it. We have a 2015 and a 2012, both totally worry free, great to drive and safety is a premium extra for us."

13 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Got this SUV 3 months ago had issues already

By on Monday, March 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,800

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "It's using unleaded gas, does not require premium"

Cons: "limited USB ports and CUE infotainment volume ctrl"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Got this SUV 3 months ago on the 3rd day I had issues already. First issue was the moon roof get stuck half way and would not go back. Second issue was backup camera was blurry. I used to own ATS and had clear backup camera but this one they said they fixed it but it's still blurry might be a cheap low resolution backup camera. Brake pedal feels spongy"

5 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Not recommended

By on Friday, March 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "enjoyable driving experience"

Cons: "Interior cramped and hard to get into, bad mpg"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Though the SRX performs nicely, very sturdy solidly built giving one the sense of safety. However, fuel economy is poor for this type of vehicle. Access is very poor but comfortable seating once you get seated, if you can live with the lack of space. The CUE system is not easy to use, and we are having intermittent issues with the screen blacking out. For the price there are better options out there."

12 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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