2014 Cadillac SRX Performance

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Performance

We'll call the 2014 Cadillac SRX confident, but not all that quick or inspiring--especially considering that it has a 308-horsepower engine under the hood.

Where's the urgency you'd expect with that power? The SRX has a transmission that's geared fairly tall, which means long spans between ratios. It makes peak torque at a fairly high 2,400 rpm, and the 6-speed automatic is fairly quick to upshift, in the interest of saving fuel. It doesn't respond quickly enough when a quick zap of power is needed to overtake on the highway. It is capable of shuttling to 60 mph in 7 seconds, which puts it in the realm of the Lexus RX and the Acura MDX.

You won't find a lot of nimbleness or responsiveness in the Cadillac SRX, but its powertrain is very smooth.

The SRX comes as a front-wheel-drive vehicle in base trim. All-wheel drive, supplied by Haldex, is an option. It incorporates an electronic limited-slip differential that helps gather grip in wet-weather conditions, but it's not meant for any serious off-roading.

The SRX lumbers along through most maneuvers, hampered by a 4,500-pound curb weight. The hydraulic steering unwinds from corners nicely, and feels predictable. The weight is the big issue: the SRX feels heavy when it leans into corners. The height of the vehicle doesn't help, and the brakes feel spongy. On the up side, the SRX doesn't ride roughly, even on 20-inch wheels, and even with the optional sport suspension, which comes with adaptive dampers that take the sting out of the worst road conditions.

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