- Luxurious, distinctive interior
- A rolling showcase of useful tech
- Smooth, strong engine
- Flexible interior layout
- Great safety raings
- CUE is mandatory
- Drives heavy
- Disappointing gas mileage
- Mushy brake pedal
The 2014 Cadillac SRX is the uniquely American pick among luxury crossovers; and its interior appointments and class-leading technology don't disappoint.
The 2014 Cadillac SRX has a chiseled, gleaming exterior that fits right in with that of the Escalade SUV, and its daring interior style follows closely in the footsteps of the GM luxury brand's contemporary sedans. Yet as the more carlike crossover utility vehicle in the luxury brand's lineup, it's something quite different.
The SRX is a striking outlier in a class that includes vehicles like the conservative Lexus RX. The Cadillac has some of the swept-back presence of its sedan cousins, and some of the panache and presence of the brawny Escalade.Cadillac has kept the interior contemporary with some fresh trim and material combinations each year, and 2014 is no exception. This year there's a new trio of exterior colors--Graphite Metallic, Terra Mocha Metallic and Sapphire Blue Metallic--while there's a new Caramel interior with Ebony accents.
Of all the vehicles in the Cadillac lineup, the SRX is the one most aimed at drivers who need space more than performance. The two-row SUV has seats for five, nicely contoured chairs front and back, and a good driving position. The cabin is quiet, thanks to active noise cancellation.
All SRX crossovers draw power from a 3.6-liter V-6 with 308 hp. A 6-speed automatic moves power to the front or to all four wheels. The SRX may have superior traction with all-wheel drive, but it's also a hefty machine, with 4,500 pounds of curb weight blunting its strong V-6. Handling is less than nimble, and the transmission's tall gearing doesn't help much.
The SRX still leads in safety. The NHTSA gives it five stars overall, and the IIHS gives it a Top Safety Pick nod. Cadillac offers a roster of safety technology with features like adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, and automatic emergency braking.
The CUE infotainment interface is also cutting-edge, but not quite ready for prime time. Its touch-sensitive screen can accept tap, swipe, and pinch gestures and generates its own tactile feedback as a substitute for real buttons. It's not as quick to respond as we'd like, and it gets hung up on occasion. Behind the infotainment screen hides a storage bin; the screen motors out of the way to expose it.
All SRXs come with power features, cruise control, and Bluetooth with audio streaming. Upper trim levels get automatic climate control; a power liftgate; a twin-screen rear-seat entertainment system; and adaptive headlights that swerve along with changes in the direction of the car.