Some other vehicles that are sized about the same as the 2013 Cadillac SRX manage to package in a third-row seat, but it's really for the better than the SRX keeps its capacity to five. As such, the interior is roomy, nicely detailed, lavishly appointed, and 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 extendable thigh bolsters that taller drivers will love.
Especially from one of the front seats, there's a lot to like. The driving position is upright, and front seats are nicely contoured and well bolstered—even with extendable thigh bolsters for taller drivers. Back-seat passengers will like the long moonroof, which gives the interior an airy feel. Head and leg room back there is a little tight, but good contouring and long cushions saves it.
Overall usefulness is otherwise about the same as any other mid-size crossover. The 60/40-split back seat can fold flat, and a power liftgate and an cargo-anchor system are on the options list.
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. With either of the suspension setups, ride quality isn't pillowy soft, but it's tight enough for crisp handling without being too jarring.
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.