2015 Cadillac SRX Review

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The 2015 Cadillac SRX offers class-leading technology and excellent interior appointments in a uniquely American luxury crossover.

The 2015 Cadillac SRX is a smaller, more carlike counter to the macho, super-luxurious Escalade. At the same time, it takes aim at a completely different crowd—those who want a comfortable, manageable utility vehicle that performs well but is more mild-mannered and economical to drive and own.

The SRX is the most dated model in the Cadillac lineup, yet it still still does manage to look contemporary. It wears the edgy Arts and Science design that we've come to know from Cadillac, and its upscale interior harkens more to the brand's newest sedans than any of GM's lesser vehicles.

Power for all SRX models comes from a 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, with a six-speed automatic transmission. You can get this vehicle with front- or all-wheel drive, and the all-wheel-drive models use a Haldex system with electronic limited-slip differential; the latter is a great choice for snowy climates and bad weather. Overall, though, the SRX isn't as quick or nimble as you might guess for this size of a vehicle with more than 300 hp; that's because of rather tall gearing and a hefty 4,500-pound curb weight. The engine makes its peak torque at 2,400 rpm, so the setup is relaxed enough, and the dash to 60 mph takes just seven seconds. It's from a standing start, or in passing maneuvers where the SRX doesn't feel as quick on its feet as the Acura MDX, Lincoln MKX, or even Lexus RX 350.

Among Cadillac models, the SRX is perhaps the one most focused more toward space and versatility than performance. Although the interior has just two rows of seating, there's ample space for five, with well-contoured seats front and back—plus extendable thigh bolsters in front and what most adults will find to be a great seating height. A new active noise cancellation system introduced last year uses a microphone to detect ambient noise and counteracts harshness; with it or not, the SRX cabin is a very quiet, comfortable place for the commute or a long road trip.

Compared to its top-selling rival, the Lexus RX 350, the SRX is a striking outlier, inside especially, even if it doesn't carry the swept-back, long-hooded proportions of those sedans—or quite enough of the panache and presence of the new Escalade, in our opinion. It fits in with other luxury crossovers on the outside, while the details and the overarching design of its interior make it its uniquely Cadillac.

The 2015 SRX remains at the front of its class for safety, whether you judge that on occupant safety or active measures. It's earned top five-star ratings from the federal government as well as Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS; and last year Cadillac added an array of radar-, camera-, and sensor-based safety systems, including adaptive cruise control, cross traffic alert, a safety alert seat, and automatic front and rear braking assist. Last year Cadillac has added its Intellibeam headlamps as part of the Driver Awareness Package.

The SRX has one of the most advanced instrument panels on the market, with the CUE infotainment system included across the model line; it includes enhanced steering-wheel and instrument-panel controls, plus an eight-inch capacitive screen interface with proximity sensing—giving you more options only as your hands approach. The touch-based controls feature both haptic feedback and proximity sensing technology to ensure consumers know when a command has been registered. And the touch-screen is motorized and can flip up to reveal a hidden storage cubby. CUE can pair up to ten Bluetooth devices, and incorporates all the latest technology including standard HD radio, Bluetooth audio streaming.

Luxury Collection, Performance Collection and Premium Collection models add many more features, including three-zone climate control; adaptive forward lighting that swivels the headlamps in sync with vehicle steering; a power liftgate with adjustable height setting; and a dual-screen video system for rear entertainment.

New for this year is OnStar's inclusion of 4G LTE connectivity, with the ability to create an in-car WiFi network to utilize the data plan.

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September 27, 2015
2015 Cadillac SRX FWD 4-Door Luxury Collection

Great Upgrade

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Just replaced my 2011 SRX with a 2015 SRX. I loved my 2011, but the new model blows it away. The CUE system with Navi gets me everywhere I need to go and I love the voice recognition feature. Lets me enter an... + More »
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September 18, 2015
2015 Cadillac SRX FWD 4-Door Luxury Collection

Luxurious and powerful. It is like driving in a comfortable chair in your family room. Quick responder.

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Quiet, smooth, elegant, reliable, fun to drive & extremely comfortable. Best car i have ever had.
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July 15, 2015
2015 Cadillac SRX FWD 4-Door Luxury Collection

VERY UNCOMFORTABLE SEATS

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I HAD DTS AND COULD DRIVE THE CAR FOR HOURS ON LONG TRIPS, 10-12 HOURS , AND BE COMFORTABLE. I CANNOT DRIVE THE SRX FOR MORE THAT 2 HOURS WITHOUT EXTREME DISCOMFORT. Cadillac NEEDS TO fix THEIR SEATS
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June 17, 2015
For 2015 Cadillac SRX

its stylish comfortable and very fast!!!!

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I my opinion. It's a high performance luxury car. It's got the best of both worlds
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April 28, 2015
2015 Cadillac SRX FWD 4-Door Luxury Collection

GM's best kept secret

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This SVU drives like a sports car, has the comfort of a luxury sedan and all the bells and whistles you could dream of. I feel save on curves, at highway high speeds and enjoy the good visibility and safete... + More »
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April 14, 2016
2016 Cadillac SRX FWD 4-Door Performance Collection

Beautiful to look at but poor build and component quality

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This is a review for the 2010 Cadillc SRX Performance series. Bought it because it really looks awesome. It has a beautifully engineered 2.8 litres Turbo engine that has more than enough power delivery at all... + More »
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January 15, 2016
2016 Cadillac SRX AWD 4-Door Performance Collection

Would have excepted more from cadillac

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Heated seats not very warm, poor headlights, so so mileage.
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August 17, 2015
2014 Cadillac SRX FWD 4-Door Luxury Collection

BEATS OUR PRIOR SUV ...HANDS DOWN !!!

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In our thirty year marriage, my wife has never been completely satisfied with any vehicle we've owned UNTIL now... Our 2014 SRX by Cadillac has fit the order and she has yet to complain after 10 months of... + More »
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February 20, 2016
2013 Cadillac SRX AWD 4-Door Luxury Collection

Excellent - Except...

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This cross-over gives up some rear volume to gain a sporty look. Kept well it gets its share of compliments. Interior quality is very good with some contrasting leather and it is a comfortable, quiet vehicle... + More »
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August 25, 2015
2013 Cadillac SRX AWD 4-Door Performance Collection

Comfortable, Beautiful, but...

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CUE system is very slow, Navigation takes up to 3 minutes to load. System does not come on all the time, have to shut the car off and on. Heated seats had to be fixed 2X and the parts were hard to get. Not... + More »
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