There are vehicles on the market that are more space-efficient than the 2014 Cadillac SRX—fitting three rows of seating into about the same footprint as the two-row SRX—but this Cadillac has a very comfortable, usable space for five plus excellent versatility.
The interior has just two rows of seating, but it's really for the better; there's ample space for five, with well-contoured seats front and back—plus extendable thigh bolsters in front and what most adults will find to be a great seating height. As such, the interior is roomy, nicely detailed, lavishly appointed, and one of the nicest in this size and price range.
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.
We find overall usefulness to be 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.
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.
With either of the suspension setups, ride quality isn't pillowy soft, but it's tight enough for crisp handling without being too jarring. Your passengers will be happy, and this is actually a decent vehicle for realtors or others who want to impress clients but not be too over-the-top.
A new active noise cancellation system introduced last year uses a microphone to detect ambient noise and counteracts harshness; with it or not, the SRX cabin is a very quiet, comfortable place for the commute or a long road trip. There's also remarkably little noise from under the hood.