Inside the New Cadillac SRX Crossover
The five passenger 2016 Cadillac SRX is available in four trims: Standard, Luxury, Performance, and Premium. With a bold and a luxurious interior, the SRX is what you would expect from Cadillac. It offers a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and lots of safety features. In the compact luxury crossover category, the SRX beats its competition in many areas.
The 2016 SRX has a 3.6L 308-horsepower SIDI DOHC V6 VVT engine and a six-speed automatic transmission with performance shifting and Driver Shift Control. Standard equipment includes a StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System, a four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, ABS brake system, all-speed traction control, and a 21-gallon fuel tank. The SRX has triple-sealed doors, a noise-reduction system, and acoustic front windows and windshield for a quiet ride.
The Standard trim is available in Front Wheel Drive. The other three trims are also available in All Wheel Drive. It is 190″ L x 75″ W x 65″ H. The fuel efficiency of the FWD versions is 17 MPG in the city and 24 MPG onthe highway. The fuel efficiency of the AWD versions is 16 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.
The base price is $37,605 MSRP for the Standard trim, $43,640 MSRP for the Luxury FWD trim, $46,135 MSRP for the Luxury AWD trim, $46,030 MSRP for the Performance FWD trim, $48,840 MSRP for the Performance AWD trim, $48,920 MSRP for the Premium FWD trim, and $51,730 MSRP for the Premium AWD trim. The SRX comes with a four year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a six year/70,000 mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 6 year/70,000 mile roadside assistance program.
The interior of the SRX has Sapele wood trim and leather upholstery on the top three trims. The Standard trim has leatherette upholstery. It has an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way manual adjustable passenger seat, and reclining rear seats. The front seats sit higher and have thigh-bolsters for a more comfortable ride. The SRX includes dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, rear window defogger, power programmable door locks and rear child safety door locks.
With the Luxury trim, you get a power 8-way power front passenger seat, heated driver and front passenger seat with power lumbar controls, adaptive remote start, a cabin humidity sensor, a heated steering wheel, and the memory package that saves the settings for the driver’s seat, the adjustable pedals, and the outside mirror angles for two drivers. The Performance trim includes an UltraView® sunroof, a Power Liftgate with Memory Height, Rear Cargo Management System, and power-adjustable pedals. The Premium adds a ventilated front passenger seat, heated rear seats, and the tri-zone automatic climate control.
The SRX has ample storage including a storage area under the touchscreen and under the cargo area. It has 39 cubic-feet of cargo space that expands to 61 cubic-feet when the 60/40 split rear seats are folded down. The 2016 Cadillac SRX includes some unique features, like the tri-zone climate control, and a chilled glove box to keep your drinks cool.
To keep you connected and entertained, you get the Cadillac Cue Information and Media Control System with OnStar, Bluetooth technology, AM/FM stereo system with a single-disc CD player, a Bose eight-speaker system, and SiriusXM® Satellite and HD Radio. The Premium trim adds a navigation system and a ten-speaker Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound system. The Cadillac Cue operates with the touchscreen, controls mounted in the steering wheel, or voice commands.
The exterior has black roof rails that add to the sleek aerodynamic lines. In the front, the SRX features the grille and stacked headlights. In the rear, it has thin sculpted taillights, a spoiler on the roofedge, and dual stainless-steel exhaust. On the sides, there are illuminated side vents. The Standard trim has 18″ aluminum wheels with painted finish, the Luxury trim has 18″ machined-finished aluminum wheels, the Performance trim has 18″ machined-finished aluminum wheels with painted finish, and the Premium trim has 20″ seven-spoke machine-finished aluminum wheels.
For your family’s safety, the SRX Standard has OnStar and airbags with a front passenger sensing system to prevent the deployment of the front passenger airbag if a child is in that seat. The Luxury trim adds Rain-sense wipers, Front and Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Side Blind Zone Alert. The Premium trim adds Lane Departure Warning and a Safety Alert Seat
Pros and Cons
The SRX is a good value in its class and has high safety ratings. It offers a luxurious interior and a smooth, quiet, and comfortable ride. However, the second row head room is low, and it has less cargo space than its competition. The fuel economy is below average and Cadillac could replace the Cue with Apple CarPlay.
How Does It Compare With the Competition?
Thev 2016 Acura RDX is roomier. The 2016 Volvo XC60 has a more fuel-efficient engine. The Audi Q5 and BMW X3 have better handling. So while the 2016 Cadillac SRX is good, you might be interested in looking at these models.