DALLAS, December 28, 2013 — Cadillac is cool, and the 2014 Cadillac SRX raises the cool factor even higher. It’s an entry-level luxury crossover SUV and the only changes on the 2014 edition are the all-wheel drive on the base trim level be discontinued and a few tweaks to option packages.
Competition with the 2014 Cadillac SRX includes BMW X3, Audi Q4 and the Acura RDX. All have different attributes to offer, but the Cadillac option excels in the area of safety in this class.
There are four trims on the luxury Cadillac SRX including Base, Luxury, Performance and Premium. The base has 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, high-end vinyl upholstery, eight-way power driver seat, reclining and 60/40 split-folding rear seat, the CUE system with an eight-inch display and a variety of other technology bells and whistles.
On the Luxury trim add to the base trim a blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert system as well a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers and a large sunroof. For the Luxury trim you also get the real leather upholstery and more seat adjustments for extra comfort including heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and accent lighting.
You can also add the Driver Awareness package to this trim level and that will give you forward-collision and lane departure warning systems and high beams or the Driver Assist package offers cruise control, automatic collision preparation and automatic braking.
For the Performance trim the wheels are 20-inch alloy with a sport-tuned suspension, a variable-effort power steering, xenon headlights, fog lights and a navigation system with a Bose audio system.
At the top is the Cadillac SRX Premium and on this you get the Driver Awareness package and add a tri-zone climate control with heated and cooling seats in the rear.
On all the trims except the base there is also an option to add a tow package.
Under the hood the 2014 Cadillac SRX has a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 308 horsepower with 265 pound-feet of torque. Front wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is available on all but the base trim. The six-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission offered.
For safety the 2014 Cadillac SRX is equipped with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control and front side/side curtain airbags. The OnStar system has automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote door unlocking and a stolen vehicle help system. With all trims come parking sensors, and the rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts on the Luxury trim. The optional packages come equipped with a variety of safety features like collision alerts, and even lane departure and safety alert driver seat methods, in which the seat will vibrate to alert the driver of hazards.
While under the hood and in consideration of safety the Cadillac SRX is indeed top of the line, the interior of the 2014 Cadillac SRX is also worth a mention. Think luxury and comfort with a superior look, good to the touch as well.
The touchscreen CUE system takes front and center and after a bit of time you will get used to it and find it most intuitive. CUE works in sync with everything too, your phone, the navigation system and the system also responds to touch commands, but it is slower than I liked in regarding to always making a response to commands like radio control or the temperature controls.
This Cadillac offers plenty of room for the short and the tall and the cargo space is 30 cubic feet behind the seats, but about 60 feet with rear seatbacks folded down.
Getting on the highway and taking the lead is easy in this one as its smooth and comfortable while also depending on the trim sporty and fun to drive all around.
Should You Need to Know: Notice the CUE infotainment interface, which means Cadillac User Experience offering a touchscreen display with surrounding controls that you tap or slide.
Miles Per Gallon: I drove the 2014 SRX AWD Premium with a 16 miles per gallon fuel economy in the city and 23 on the highway.
Cost: The 2014 SRX AWD Premium came in with a price tag of $57,460.
Rita Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and can be followed on Twitter at @ritacook13. She is also a 15-year veteran journalist and author, her latest book from History Press www.historypress.net is about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
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