2016 Cadillac SRX Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2016 Cadillac SRX smooths out the road ahead with a luxurious ride, smooth V-6 power, and the mixed blessing of touchscreen controls.

The 2016 Cadillac SRX carries over unchanged for the 2016 model year, with the XT5 replacing the nameplate for model year 2017.

The SRX is GM's luxury five-seat crossover SUV. It's a counterpart to the big, truck-based Escalade, but they're as different as they can be when it comes to capability and road manners. The Escalade is all about blingy bluster, and for some, heavy-duty work--the SRX is geared to toting four or five adults around town, through whatever weather comes its way.

The SRX tucks a conventional crossover-SUV shape under Cadillac's usual array of stark angles and sculpted curves. It's the oldest model in the Cadillac lineup, but still looks fresh and tasteful--especially in light of what we've seen of its upcoming replacement, the XT5. The Art & Science styling theme is more muted here than on past Cadillacs, but the SRX is still an edgy outlier when compared with vehicles like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, even the new Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class--which Cadillac considers to be rivals for the SRX.

Inside, the SRX's cabin is a contemporary, classy blend of big touchscreen interfaces and handsome, traditional details like stitched leather trim.

The SRX comes in a single powertrain configuration, with a choice of all-wheel drive overriding standard front-wheel drive. Power comes from a 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is respectable--0-60 mph happens in the seven-second range--but the SRX doesn't feel so light on its feel. That comes down to the transmission's tall gearing but, even more so, the SRX's substantial heft: it weighs in at more than 4,500 pounds.

Of all the Cadillac offerings, the SRX puts the best foot forward in versatility. The two rows of seats can seat up to five passengers, without the immense bulk of an Escalade. The seats themselves are tailored well, and the cabin is quieted with active noise cancellation technology.

The SRX still takes some top honors in safety, getting good marks from the IIHS as well as five stars from the NHTSA. Adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warnings are on the features list.

The SRX has one of the most advanced intofainment systems on the market with CUE, but it's as fussy to engage as some other systems. It uses a proximity-sensitive touchscreen to run navigation, phone, and audio systems--and it can be touchy and at the same time, slow to respond. OnStar comes with each SRX, and a subscription to 4G LTE data can spread a wireless hotspot to 8 devices inside the car.

Major SRX options include a rear-seat entertainment system, adaptive headlights, a power tailgate, and automatic climate control.

The EPA rates the 2016 SRX at 17 mpg city, 24 highway, 19 combined for front-drive models. With all-wheel drive, the numbers drop to 16/23/18 mpg.

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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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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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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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