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STYLING | 7 out of 10
The SRX's exterior styling left most of our staffers cold
distinctive, edgy styling
With a jewel-like analog clock, high-end materials and the massive (and we mean truly huge) retractable nav screen in our tester, it's hard not to stare.
the new SRX looks like the CTS on stilts
Like much of the Cadillac lineup, the 2014 SRX is chiseled and squared-off at the corners, with a look that's distinctive, and really different than anything else on the market if you go by design details. Inside especially, the SRX is a striking outlier, with details and an overarching design that are uniquely Cadillac.Even if it doesn't carry the swept-back, long-hooded proportions of Cadillac's sedans—or quite enough of the panache and presence of the brawny Escalade, in our opinion. It fits in just enough with other luxury crossovers on the outside.
Compared to the top seller in the class, the Lexus RX 350, the SRX looks less cookie-cutter, with strongly sculpted, dramatic sides to complement the sharp front and rear appearance. Although the proportions aren't beautiful, there's absolutely no boring angle.
Relatively short front and rear overhangs, vertically stacked headlights, and a trapezoidal chrome grille give the right level of detailing to match. Especially of note is the powerful character line that runs from the trailing edge of the front wheel well through to the taillight lens, while the tail lamps themselves extend—to aerodynamic advantage—like vestigal tailfins. An integrated spoiler on the rearward edge of the roof also extends the sleek lines and further improves aerodynamics; although we see the exposed rear wiper, which could have been tucked underneath, to be a design miss on a luxury vehicle. This year, the eighteen-inch wheels have been redesigned, and 20-inchers are offered; illuminated sill plates and piped lighting are among the touches of class.
Last year Cadillac revamped the interior, where all the models received the brand's CUE interface; essentially, it replaced the old layout with an eight-inch capacitive touch screen front and center, with slick proximity sensing and slider controls for some features. Combine that with the hand-cut-and-sewn coverings on the instrument panel and ambient lighting and you have an environment that's not only richly appointed but tech-forward.
The 2014 Cadillac SRX doesn't seduce from a distance, like some of other Cadillac products, but its interior is top-notch.