Rising gas prices in the early 21st century led numerous American auto manufacturers to begin moving away from full and large SUVs and moved them toward crossover SUVs that combined power and performance with fuel efficiency. Cadillac was well-known for its luxury, large-size Escalade SUV in 2004, but it lacked a middle ground offering until the arrival of the SRX.
The 2004 Cadillac SRX arrived on the scene with two engine choices, a V6 or a V8. On the inside, the SRX has all the luxurious features that drivers have come to expect from the Cadillac brand. On the outside, this crossover looks similar to a station wagon but offers the power of an SUV.
During its initial production of the SRX, from 2004 to 2009, the SRX maintained the odd appearance of a beefy station wagon. Beginning in 2010, the SRX was revamped with a fresh new look. Cadillac has continued to innovate and redesign the SRX every year leading up to its latest model, the 2014 model.
What the SRX has going for it is an abundance of luxury. The Cadillac SRX may not be the first choice for drivers who like to get a little mud on the tires on the weekend, but it is more than capable of hauling the kids to soccer or hockey practice with seating for five. Those interested in a used Cadillac SRX would be best served starting their search with a 2010 model. These models represent the beginning of the second generation SRX with a more modern, sleek appearance and higher quality features on the interior.
SAFETY RATINGS AND AWARDS
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2014 Cadillac SRX ratings of Good for moderate front overlap, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints and seat safety features. They gave it a Superior rating for front crash prevention (with optional equipment).
Safety Features available on the 2014 Cadillac SRX include: antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags, electronic brake distribution, daytime running lamps, rear child security, Side Blind Zone alert (Luxury and higher trim packages), Safety Alert Seat (optional on Luxury and higher trim packages)
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE CADILLAC SRX
- The 2010 SRX was the first modern generation model to hit the road and boasted a fresh redesign that gave the SRX a more familiar crossover SUV appearance, ditching the previous station wagon appearance.
- Beginning with the 2010 model, Cadillac began experimenting with new engine options in search of greater fuel efficiency. The 2010 models featured two different V6 options, with the V8 engine retired.
- The latest generation of Cadillac SRX vehicles come standard with front-wheel drive (FWD), with optional all-wheel drive (AWD) available for all trim levels excluding the base trim.
- AutoPacific awarded the 2013 SRX with its Highest Overall Satisfaction Rating.
- According to Motor Trend, the 2013 SRX was Cadillac’s best-selling vehicle for the 2012 calendar year.