You’ll probably be surprised to learn that the best-selling model line under the Cadillac umbrella is the Cadillac SRX crossover. GM’s luxury-vehicle division has worked diligently at making the formerly forgettable SRX utility into a serious player since its redesign a couple years ago, and the 2013 Cadillac SRX is unquestionably the best version yet.
I liked this 2013 Cadillac SRX more than I thought I would. That is to say it drives better than I thought it would in some respects. Cadi pushes the boundaries of iconic design and artful engineering with an unswerving passion for innovation. And the result is a range of vehicles that fully realize the potential of those fortunate enough to drive one.
The new Cadillac SRX shows a somewhat different, more distinctive personality on the inside than it advertises on the outside. While it fits right in with other luxury crossovers on the outside, its uniquely Cadillac interior continues to stand out in its class–both in the details and in the overarching design. This year, Cadillac’s updating the grille for a little more depth; there are also new LED light pipes, and the 20-inch wheels are restyled, in either chrome or polished finishes. Inside, the look is uniquely American, and the hand-cut-and-sewn coverings on the instrument panel and ambient lighting make for a rich environment.
Cadillac SRX receives a revised interior centered on the introduction of the brand’s “Cadillac User Experience” (CUE) infotainment interface. The heart of the CUE system is an interactive screen with gesture controls similar to those that made Apple products so ubiquitous. If you’re a fan of simpler controls and a minimalist aesthetic, it’s all for the better. Probably no interface approach is ever going to be perfect for everyone, but CUE is quite effective for many tasks. Also, adopting CUE has definitely cleaned up what before was a virtual shotgun blast of buttons on the SRX’s center stack.
The engine choice for the 2013 Cadillac SRX is simple, since every model features a 3.6-liter V6 that generates 308 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for any SRX trim.
The 2013 Cadillac SRX comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. The OnStar system includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation. Standard on most SRXs are blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert systems.
The Cadillac SRX is a modern take on the crossover, bringing fresh styling, good build quality and premium materials to the game. It’s an excellent vehicle to drive and it wraps you in luxury, technology and safety-oriented driver assistance. What more do you want from a crossover?…….