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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
‘Good,’ frontal offset; ‘good,’ side impact, ‘good,’ rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; Top Safety Pick
'Superior,' front crash prevention
Five stars, frontal and side impact; five stars overall
The 2014 SRX should rank high among safety-conscious shoppers, as it has some of the most impressive safety features in its class, plus top ratings for occupant protection.
It's earned top five-star ratings from the federal government as well as Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS. And last year Cadillac added an array of radar-, camera-, and sensor-based safety systems, including adaptive cruise control, cross traffic alert, a safety alert seat, and automatic front and rear braking assist. For 2014 Cadillac has added its Intellibeam headlamps as part of the Driver Awareness Package.
The SRX's forward collision prevention systems were also among the top-rated ones on the market, as tested by the IIHS; it was one of just seven models to earn the new 'superior' rating in the IIHS front crash prevention ratings.
Head-curtain side airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and OnStar roadside and emergency assistance are included in all SRX models, as well as stability control and anti-lock brakes. Also, an available adaptive headlight system helps illuminate around dark corners. And structurally, the SRX is one of only a few vehicles, according to GM, to use Martensitic steel, one of the strongest available, to help prevent against intrusion in a side impact.We do caution that there's one issue: Take a look over your shoulder and note outward visibility. There are front and rear parking sensors, and a rear camera system, but depending on your height lane changes might not be so confident.
Top ratings from both U.S. agencies and some standout accident-avoidance technology make the 2014 SRX a safety superstar.