The Cadillac SRX has been defined in some quarters as the only Cadillac model which is biased more towards interior space and versatility as opposed to performance. Before its debut, there were rumors of its discontinuation or rather name change.
However, the Cadillac’s entry level compact crossover-SUV comes with just slight changes from the predecessor model. The model which is in its 4th generation still remains at the top of its class in the safety department still earning 5-star ratings from the federal government and a good rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
2016 Cadillac SRX Exterior
The exterior of the new 2016 Cadillac SRX especially the front fascia is easily recognizable as a Cadillac even though it doesn’t have the long-nose and rear proportions we are familiar with from the Cadillac sedans.
It sports a bold, chromed grille which is flanked by the automaker’s vertically stacked headlamps and LED DRLs. The vehicle’s front and rear overhangs are relatively short resulting in a powerful looking shape which does not imitate other overt SUV design cues.
The vehicle has a powerful character line that starts at the trailing edge of the front wheels wells and stretches all the way to the taillight lens. The taillights are extended and look like vestigial tailfins. This helps improve its aerodynamics. The vehicle also features an integrated spoiler on the edge of the roof which adds to its aerodynamics. It also features tinted and laminated front glass windows, front intermittent wipers as well as body-colored heated and power-adjustable side mirrors. The base trim rides on 18-inch wheels wrapped in all season tires.
The Luxury trim adds chrome roof rails, power lift-gate, rain-sense wipers, a heated, power adjustable and power folding side mirrors with driver’s side auto dimming side mirror. The vehicle runs on bright machined, 7-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheels. Going higher to the Performance trim, you will find front fog lights, HID headlights as well as 7-spoke 20-inch aluminum wheels with a bright machined finish. The top-of-the-range Premium trim features IntelliBeam headlights in addition to Performance trim specs.
2016 Cadillac SRX Interior
The interior of the 2016 Cadillac SRX offers a roomier cabin which comfortably accommodates four adult passengers. The cargo space is not bad at 30 cubic feet when the seats are up and 61 cubic feet when they are folded down. The seats have a 60/40 split-folding capability. The compact luxury crossover is offered in 4 trim levels, they are; the Base, Luxury, Performance and the top Premium trims.
The base trim features leatherette upholstery. The vehicle also features a tilt-and telescoping steering wheel wrapped in leather, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat and a dual-zone climate control system. The crossover also features the CUE electronics interface with a standard 8.0-inch display. 4G LTE Wi-Fi, OnStar radio, Bluetooth phone, an 8-speaker Bose audio system with satellite and HD radio, a CD player, an Auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.
Going up, the Luxury trim features leather upholstery, a driver’s seat with thigh support, a 8-way power adjustable front passenger seat, heated steering wheel and heated front seats, a driver memory function and keyless entry and ignition. The trim also adds accent lighting, a cargo cover, a cargo management system, a power-adjustable pedals and a panoramic sunroof.
A 10-speaker Bose surround-audio system and voice activated navigation system are optional. For safety, the trim adds a blind-spot warning system, a rear cross-traffic alert system and front and rear parking sensors.
The two options are offered as standard in the Performance trim. This trim also adds adaptive dampers on the AWD models only, a sport-tuned suspension and variable-effort power steering. The top Premium trim adds heating to the rear seats and ventilation to the front seats as well as rear-seat audio system controls. It also comes with a Driver Awareness package which features lane departure warning, forward-collision warning, a safety alert driver’s seat and automatic high beams. This package is also optional for the Luxury and performance trims.
A driver assist package is optional to all but the base trim. It packs automatic collision mitigation, automatic braking and adaptive cruise control. There is also a Towing package and a rear-seat entertainment system which features two seatback-mounted screens on all trims except the base.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the Cadillac SRX will feature a 3.6 L direct-injected V-6 which pumps out 308 hp at 6800 rpm and 265 lb-ft of torque at 2400 rpm. These numbers place the SRX among the best in the class. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission system that sends power to the rear wheels in standard format. The engine powers the vehicle to run from 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds.
Buyers will also have an option for AWD. A well equipped AWD can tow as much as 3,500 lbs. What’s more, Cadillac offers a 6 year or 70,000 miles warranty for the power-train. The automaker also offers the vehicle with a standard Premium care maintenance program that covers various services like oil change for 4 years or 50,000 miles. In terms of fuel economy, models with FWD are EPA rated at 17 mpg city and 24 mpg on highway while models with AWD are rated at 16 mpg city and 23 mpg on highway drives.
Price and release date
The base 2016 Cadillac SRX carries an MSRP of $ 38,600. A well loaded SRX on the other hand will set you back $ 50,000 or more.
The new SRX will have to contend with the likes of Lincoln MKX, Lexus RX, and BMW X5 whose base models cost a little more. Also, the SRX will compete with the Audi Q5, Acura RDX and Volvo XC60 which cost slightly less.