- Rolling technology showcase
- Luxurious interior
- Smooth, strong engine
- Flexible interior
- High safety raings
- CUE doesn't leave much for the technology-averse
- Drives heavy, feels heavy
- Unimpressive gas mileage
- Mushy brake pedal
The 2013 Cadillac SRX has a roomy, rich, uniquely American interior, and with new interior technology it's now the iPhone of crossovers.
Cadillac updated the powertrain in the SRX mid-size luxury crossover last year, and now it's adding its new high-tech infotainment interface for 2013.
The 2013 Cadillac SRX shows a somewhat different, more distinctive personality on the inside than it advertises outside. While it fits right in with other luxury crossovers on the outside, its uniquely Cadillac interior continues to stand out in its class--both in the details and in the overarching design. This year, Cadillac's updating the grille for a little more presence; there are also new LED light pipes, and the 20-inch wheels are restyled, in either chrome or polished finishes. Inside, the look is uniquely American, and the ambient lighting and leather dash make for a rich environment.
But the big news is that the cabin of all 2013 SRX models will feature Cadillac's new CUE infotainment interface. From an 8-inch screen, almost all functions for the vehicle are now controlled via touch. The touch-based system responds to swipes, taps, and generates haptic feedback to positively confirm those gestures. The screen powers up out of the dash and hides a storage bin. The interface has HD radio, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and the ability to pair up to 10 Bluetooth devices.
Cadillac has taken a comfortable, well-hushed interior and made it quieter for 2013 with new active noise cancellation. By sampling cabin noise with a microphone, the computer will counteract the sound waves through the audio system. The 2013 SRX interior also features a revised steering wheel, and shift knob design, a new instrument cluster which incorporates a revised driver information center for CUE, and a new Light Titanium interior color choice, which is matched with new Raven Sapele wood color accents. Thanks to well-contoured seats, front and back--including extending thigh bolsters in front and a good seating height--we find this interior very passenger-friendly.
The SRX continues with the new 308-hp 3.6-liter V-6 and 6-speed automatic that were added for 2012. Front- or all-wheel-drive models are available. All-wheel-drive SRX crossovers have a a Haldex setup with an electronic limited-slip rear differential providing excellent traction in bad weather.
The 2013 SRX has confident acceleration, although we can't say that it feels anywhere as sprightly as the Acura MDX, Lincoln MKX, or Lexus RX 350. But thanks to the engine's 265 pound-foot torque plateau, at just 2,400 rpm, the whole setup feels relaxed--and 60 mph comes on in a relatively quick seven seconds. It's not sprightly or nimble, though, due to the combination of rather tall transmission gearing and its substantial 4,500-pound curb weight. On the bright side, the hydraulic power steering is precise and confident.
The SRX is a safety superstar, with top ratings from the NHTSA and the IIHS.
For 2013 Cadillac is adding new safety features such as adaptive cruise control and automatic brake assist.These new features rely on radar, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors to help prevent crashes. Whether you want traditional luxury, or high-tech connectivity or entertainment, the Cadillac SRX has a strong set of features. And for 2013, with the addition of CUE, and a revised set of steering-wheel and instrument-panel controls to match, the SRX offers one of the most advanced interiors on the market.
Top Premium Collection models include navigation, Bose surround audio, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated mirrors, a heated steering wheel, a Sapele wood-trimmed interior, remote start, tri-zone climate control, rear-seat audio controls, adjustable pedals, fog lamps, and rain-sensing wipers. This year, new 20-inch wheels, a few new colors, and a new Light Titanium interior and Raven Sapele wood accents all try to add a dash of the custom-look trims that have become part of buying a luxury vehicle.