The 2009 SRX's interior can hold as many as seven passengers with the optional power-folding third-row seat, but those in the third row should be very small—elementary-school small. The second-row seat is much more hospitable to adults and teenagers alike.
Car and Driver likes the “roomy interior” and “proficiently sculpted front seats” in the SRX, while Kelley Blue Book reports that up front in the SRX, "the seats are firm and supportive." The second-row seat is hospitable for adults, too: “With an impressive 41 inches of legroom in the second row, the SRX will comfortably carry four six-foot adults,” Edmunds says. Cars.com notes "all passengers sit higher in the SRX than in a luxury sedan but lower than occupants in a typical SUV." Kelley Blue Book agrees that the SRX is ideal for those who "would prefer to sit up a bit higher." Automedia states that “the second-row seat boasts class-leading legroom and folds virtually flat, while the third-row bench power-folds into the floor.”
Reviewers are thoroughly impressed with the versatility of the interior and the sheer number of places to put smaller things. Automedia reports, “The optional rear cargo management system, with three cargo compartments and a removable storage bin, will stow anything from a car care or emergency kit to sports equipment to DVDs or CDs.”
The SRX offers a third row of seating, but after reading a range of reviewers, it’s clear that they’re extremely small and cramped, with very limited cargo space when they’re in place. Edmunds notes the optional fold-flat third-row seat has only “24 inches of legroom,” which “makes it suitable for only the smallest of children. Plus, with that third row in use there is no meaningful cargo capacity.” MyRide.com confirms the SRX’s cargo space is “small for vehicles of this size,” and Kelley Blue Book thirds it, noting the SRX "loses most of its cargo space" when using the optional third row of seats. With the third row of seats lowered, Edmunds finds the 2009 Cadillac SRX has "plenty of sprawl room."
The recent redesign of the center console and trim imparts a much richer feel to the materials and surfaces in the 2009 Cadillac SRX. Car and Driver still is less than impressed with the Cadillac SRX quality when compared with other luxury SUV manufacturers, noting what they perceive as "poorer fit and finish than German competitors."