The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested the SRX and given it top 'good' ratings in all categories, along with its Top Safety Pick designation, which ranks the SRX among the safest new vehicles. It hasn't yet been tested by the federal government, however.
The SRX also introduces the use of Martensitic steel, one of the strongest available. It helps protect against intrusion during a side impact, while also maintaining the structure during front and rear crashes.
One quick glance at the Cadillac SRX is enough to realize that driver visibility isn't the best in the crossover segment; the rear styling is light on glass and heavy on sheetmetal, but the rear-view mirror—now standard for 2011—helps with that during parking-lot maneuvers. The adaptive headlight system, another option, helps illuminate around dark corners.