- Strong, smooth power
- A rolling technology showcars
- Interior is distinctive, luxurious
- Supple ride, with upgraded suspension
- Brakes feel soggy
- Fuel economy is below average
- Heavy driving feel
- CUE is standard
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.