Cadillac SRX

Model Overview

The Cadillac SRX is a luxury crossover SUV that lived two lives. In its first incarnation, the SRX borrowed its rear-wheel-drive underpinnings from the original CTS sport sedan and boasted options such as a third-row seat and a V8. The second-generation version was smaller, rode on a front-wheel-drive platform, and offered only V6 power.

Like all crossovers, the Cadillac SRX used components and construction more often associated with cars than trucks. The result was a more comfortable ride and better handling. Many consumers don't need the tougher, truck-type construction that provides stronger underpinnings for heavy-duty chores such as towing or traveling off-road. We're bigger fans of the first SRX than the second, but both are worth a look if you're partial to America's foremost luxury brand.

Used Cadillac SRX Models

The second-generation Cadillac SRX was a small luxury crossover SUV with seating for five produced from 2010 to 2016. For the first two model years, there were two engines available. The standard 3.0-liter V6 produced 265 hp and 223 pound-feet of torque. Though output was average for the class, acceleration was sluggish due to the SRX's above-average weight. The optional 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 with 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque provided competitive acceleration, but it was only available in the expensive Performance Turbo or Premium Turbo trims.

For 2012, a 3.6-liter V6 with 308 hp replaced both of those engines. Although it was one of the most robust engines in its class, the SRX's hefty weight meant that acceleration was still only average. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive were standard, and all-wheel drive was an optional upgrade. Bluetooth became standard equipment, and Cadillac retuned the suspension and added more sound insulation for a more comfortable and quiet ride. For the 2013 model year, the CUE infotainment interface was added along with new safety options such as a low-speed automatic braking system, a safety-alert seat (that vibrates to warn the driver of dangerous situations), a lane departure warning system and adaptive cruise control. There were no major changes to the model after 2013.

Four trim levels were available for the second-generation SRX: base, Luxury, Performance and Premium. Even the base model came with front and rear parking sensors, 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seatbacks, dual-zone automatic climate control, Cadillac's CUE infotainment interface, and an eight-speaker sound system with iPod-USB integration. Moving up through higher trim levels added luxuries such as a sunroof, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, xenon headlamps, and a navigation system with a backup camera. The all-wheel-drive Performance model featured a sport-tuned suspension with continuously variable damping.

In reviews, we noted that the SRX was a compelling entry in the compact luxury SUV segment once it received an engine that could keep up with the pack. Handling was surprisingly agile, and the ride was quite supple, especially with the adjustable dampers. The well-appointed cabin was also notably quiet, and it made use of quality materials. On the downside, backseat headroom was a tight, especially when equipped with the panoramic sunroof that came standard on all but the base model. We also noted that outward visibility was poor, and we found the CUE infotainment system slow and frustrating to use.

The original Cadillac SRX was produced from 2004 to 2009. Its swept-back and angular styling suggested sporting intent, and it had the goods to back that up, thanks to mechanical underpinnings shared with the first-generation CTS sport sedan. For buyers on the hunt for a responsive, luxurious people hauler, a used SRX of this vintage is one of our recommended choices. First-generation SRX buyers had a choice of a 255-hp 3.6-liter V6 or a 320-hp 4.6-liter V8, with the latter providing downright spirited acceleration. Rear-wheel drive was standard, and all-wheel drive was optional.

With its roomy second row, this SRX could comfortably carry four 6-foot-tall adults. An optional fold-flat third-row seat was available, but the 24 inches of third-row legroom made it suitable for only the smallest of children. Plus, with that third row in use, there was no meaningful cargo capacity. Nevertheless, the third row was ideal for families who occasionally needed to tote an extra child or two on short trips.

As you'd expect from a luxury SUV, the first-generation SRX had a comprehensive collection of safety and luxury-themed equipment. For big-sky fans, an optional panoramic sunroof gave the SRX a more open feeling. One option that maximized the ride and handling was GM's Magnetic Ride Control, which automatically adjusted suspension settings depending on driving and road conditions.

In reviews, we found the first-generation Cadillac SRX enjoyable to drive. The combination of the V8 and the six-speed automatic transmission provided strong acceleration. The V6 was the more popular choice, however, and it should be adequate for most buyers. It also returned better fuel economy than the V8.

Changes to this SRX were minimal apart from significant interior updates for 2007, which greatly improved upon the cheap interior materials and bland design found in earlier SRXs. Also in 2007, V8-equipped models received a six-speed automatic in place of the previous five-speed, making the 2007 to 2009 V8 SRX our first choice.

Cadillac SRX Consumer Reviews By Year:
2016 Cadillac SRX

NEW FOR 2016

The 2016 Cadillac SRX is a carryover from the 2015 model, with no changes.

PRO

Abundant luxury and safety features

CON

Limited backseat headroom

14 Total User Reviews

Average Rating

By Brenda on March 25 @ 4:24 am
Awesome
I was hesitant about this vehicle with the mixed reviews read prior to purchasing. I am beyond happy with the technology, comfort and look of this car. If I want more sporty I'll drive my Mercedes! Besides the engine being a bit loud- this suv delivers in looks, bells , and whistles with performance to boot!

By mad at caddy on March 14 @ 6:27 pm
Uncomfortable !
Do not buy this car if you want to have a comfortable ride! The front seats are terrible! For 50k I expect much more. I had a lincoln mkt prior to purchasing this car and boy do i hate that i ever swirtched back to a cadillac. The seats are hard and the positions of the head rests are a pain in the you know what. Im 5'7" woman that likes to sit with a straight back. I dont want my head pushed forward. From 2007 to 2010 i had a cadillac cts and i loved that car. It was fast, smooth and comfortable! Switched to a lincoln and i truly loved driving my mkt. I decided to downsize and switch back to caddy. Its a nice looking car however i loathe driving it because im terribly uncomfortable. I wished i had just paid the extra money and stayed with lincoln and got a mkx. Cadillac MAKE YOUR SEATS LIKE LINCOLNS OR BETTER! I am looking to sell my srx asap and get back into a LINCOLN!!!!!

By Thomas Mulligan on January 20 @ 3:27 pm
Luxury automobile
I've owned this 2016 Cadillac SRX for one week and it's stopped running while my wife was 150 miles away from home. I spent upwards of 40k for a car that malfunctioned with less than 300 miles on it. I don't know what the dealership (Barton Birks Chevrolet in Newburgh NY ) did to prep this car for delivery but obviously something got missed? This is not the outcome I expected after trading in a Honda CRV that never needed anything other than oil changes and tires. The dealership where the car was towed advised that the code read "throttle body assembly". This car just came out of the factory!!! I bought a new car so I could trust that when my family was away from home that the car we bought would keep them safe. Perhaps this is why they push the extended warranty at purchase. Update: 5000 miles, no problems since last mishap. Dealer extended warranty. Happy.

By Bob Reinherz on August 26 @ 8:17 pm
Broke down mountain
Within 2 days of lease, after having driven 517 miles, the vehicle suffered a severe internal transmission failure. The transmission was rebuilt and failed a second time. We told both the dealership and G.M., we did not want the car back. They refused a buyback!

By Joanne Grossetto on October 23 @ 5:15 am
A reason, why it's the Cadillac of "CADILLAC"!
Superb Comfort, Handling, Great Crossover. The technology is Superb! The Driver Assist Package, UNBELIEVABLE! Well worth the Money for all of the safety & other equipment. As compared to other Manufacturers, Hands down, this Cadillac is the better deal. Very Satisfied with the purchase. After driving a Cadillac, you will NOT want to EVER drive anything else.

By JTM on July 31 @ 11:18 am
Cadillac SRX 2016, Thoughts
PROS: Engine, Handling, Front Passenger/Driver Room, Technology, Road Holding, and Ride Comfort. CONS: Fuel Economy, Curb Weight, Rear Passenger Room, Visibility, Noise (from Panoramic Window). 2016 Cadillac SRX was heavily discounted during the month of August 2016 and I decided to purchase one. Here are my thoughts after the first 500 miles. The car is pretty nimble for an SUV, actually 0 to 60 in about 7.5 seconds. Brakes feel very spongy, therefore, one needs to press the brake pedal harder than normal for the car to stop. I presume, the car is still "breaking in" so I will monitor the braking issue and update after 3000 miles or so. The huge panoramic window is great, however, at highway speeds, it does get noisy. Have the Cadillac dealer adjust the windows to reduce the noise. Fuel economy is poor (so far). Again, I was told the engine needs to break in for max fuel efficiency. The transmission "jerks" between 1st and 2nd gear, however, this is normal. This SUV tries to balance the "sporty" aspect and the "family hauler" aspect so it does handle "sportier" when you push the vehicle. Moreover, this is ideal for a family of 4 to get around as well. If you have a larger family, Cadillac is working on another SUV between SRX/XT5 and Escalade. It is slated to be released around 2018. The SRX does have great warranty (4yr, 50K (basic) and 6 yr, 70K mi (powertrain)). Also, the first 4 years of maintenance are included with a new vehicle (oil changes, etc). The tires are Michelin Latitude and they ride pretty well. The ride comfort, in general terms, is excellent and the suspension soaks road bumps/imperfections pretty well. I have not had a chance to ride in the snow yet. I will update with the snow performance at a later time. The CUE system is mediocre and some folks may find the small lag time in response from the system frustrating. If on highway, use care when operating CUE as you may need to take your eyes off the road to adjust settings on the CUE system. Music/Entertainment options include: CD, MP3/HDD, XM, Radio. My unit did come with the Navigation/Bose 10 speaker set up. I did not have the Driver Assistance Package so cannot comment​ on it. Reliability: one has to keep in mind that the SRX is at the end of its life, therefore, unlike the XT5, one is buying a proven car which has most of its "kinks" worked out. For example, in 2010, GM decided to use the 2.8 Turbo and the 3.0L V6 on the SRX. The Turbo did not sell well and there was reports of engine trouble since people were using "regular" gas to power the Turbo engine (which is a big no-no in the automotive industry, NEVER use Regular gas in a Turbo engine, no matter what the manual says). The 3.0 V6 was underpowered to move the heavy SRX and was also discontinued. Then GM decided to use their corporate 3.6L V6 and that was the best match for a heavy SUV such as the SRX. Hence, you are getting a proven vehicle in the SRX. The XT5 is on its first year in 2017 and I, for one, do not feel comfortable being the guinea pig for GM's new vehicle line, especially, when I am shelling out 40K + on a new XT5. The SRX seems like a solid choice in the Cadillac lineup as far as reliability is concerned. Now, there are sensors everywhere on this vehicle. So, expect some kind of sensor failure at some point during ownership, however, the engine/transmission combo is a "proven" for this vehicle. By the way, use "regular" gas for the 3.6L V6 engine. Cadillac has been trying hard to "remake" their image. They have moved their HQ from Detroit to New York and has taken on the "Dare Greatly" motto in an effort to set themselves apart from the rest of GM's vehicle lineup. With this in mind, I found the dealership experience to be very pleasant. All I had to do was show up and agree on a price. The sales team did the rest of the work including, calling my insurance to transfer the policy from my trade-in vehicle to the SRX. They did a lot of "leg work" to have me out of the showroom in about 1 to 2 hours. They did offer food and beverages for the Cadillac customers and was very polite and pleasant to deal with. Currently, the Lexus leads the pack in dealership experience, but Cadillac is not too far behind.

By EB on October 7 @ 1:22 pm
Super Road Experience (SRX)
Last year available. AWD hard to locate vehicle, because of incentives cleared inventory.

By SUSIE ANDERSON on December 10 @ 11:01 pm
Love this suv
I just love this SUV. I feel safe driving it. The warranty and maintenance is awesome plus too. My dealer was an absolute pleasure to deal with. Had my SRX just over a year now and I still love it. Did have a couple minor problems and the dealer, again, was a pleasure to deal with.

By Ed Klump on April 23 @ 1:34 pm
Lake Cadillac
On hold yet again with GM service center (7th time in two days).  There is an issue with the SRX Sunroof drain tubes shrinking and popping off (very poor design).  They are supposed to fix this problem up until Jan 2017.  GM is fully aware of this and there is a customer satisfaction action that is for only a few States.  I live in Michigan so I am not covered.  The car has flooded badly and mildew has collected.  If anyone has an SRX PLEASE stay out of the rain!  TERRIBLE customer service, worse engineering, and costly to own.

By Ross on February 14 @ 10:16 am
OK but not Good.
Bought as a program car from dealer. Came from a national car rental company. Had a Traverse 2013 prior to this SRX. Loved Traverse, a little large but a much better car. Averaging around 16 mpg overall. 21 or less on highway at speed limits. Storage is limited and not large enough.

By David Edwards on March 7 @ 7:32 am
Scatty Caddie!
Simple what you should know is the big guys got this one wrong! This is amazing car. Gas mileage is a little lean but should not be buying factor if you can afford this car anyway. I drove x5 and the Audi and Range Rover here is what made me choose the SRX. Four of my best friends are in the car business owners and buyers all four said the Cadillac will out last the aforementioned cars, give me less headache, and will not require a speciality dealership to work on it. That sealed the deal for me! Buy American buy Cadillac.

By P.P on May 28 @ 12:52 pm
Nothing out there compares to a Caddy
Unbelievable the reliability, and the comfort is what you would expect from a cadillac...like riding high in a truck, can pull like a truck, and load and haul like a truck..buts the ride is all cadillac!! Love all the safety features..the interface within the computer system "HUE" many have complained about it not being user friendly and sometimes awkward,,,just another device you soon learn to use and how it works for you..after that its a champ!! Love everything about the SRX! comparing to new XT5 hands down like the looks of the SRX better inside and out...the only thing I say the new XT5 improved with is the rear window wiper being hidden under the spoiler...which I am sure if it bothers me enough I could get one for my 2016 SRX. I fell in love with my 2016 within the first 20miles I drove it! It was like AHHH finally I am home... I come up with reasons to drive...LOVE IT LOVE IT!!

By Sue on February 26 @ 1:17 am
Worst seats ever, this is not luxury
I owned a Lincoln MKZ and decided to switch to a Cadillac and regret every second of it. For the price of this car I would think you could put more effort into making the seats comfortable. I am completely miserable while driving this car. Do not buy this car if your looking for comfort!

By B in NM on April 16 @ 12:16 am
Our third SRX
We bought our first SRX in 2012, no problems. Great trade in value. Purchased another in 2016. Two weeks after purchasing we were rear ended. The vehicle that hit us was traveling in excess of 80 mph. We received minor scratches and bruises. Purchased another 2016 SRX, no problems as of yet.

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