Some other vehicles that are sized about the same as the 2013 Cadillac SRX manage to package in a third-row seat. The SRX sticks with five seats, and its for the better. The interior has ample room, and it's lavishly appointed, one of the nicest in this size and price range.
From either of the front perches, there's a lot to like, including a nice, upright driving position, well-contoured front seats with robust bolstering, and even extending bottom cushions that will make tall drivers more comfortable.
Especially from one of the front seats, the SRX sets a pleasant tone. The upright driving position lends good outward vision. The seats in front have fairly deep contours and thick bolsters. In back, leg and head room seem tight for a vehicle of this size, but the moonroof lets in plenty of light, and the seat are shaped well for long-distance comfort.
The SRX has split-fold rear seats, and available cargo anchors and a power tailgate.
The SRX gains active noise cancellation for 2013, but even before it the cabin was remarkably well-hushed, with wind, road, and powertrain noise all well-muted. And thanks to the new engine, there's less noise from under the hood this year, too.
What sets the SRX apart from mainstream crossover models, other than its feature set, is in the details. Its design holds up well, with materials, fits, and finishes that feel as good or better than other vehicles in the class, and a level of detailing that closely parallels what you see in the new XTS flagship. There's a sense of solidity throughout.