DALLAS, July 23, 2013 — When you opt to buy a Cadillac you know you are getting quality so there is no question there. However, what else can you expect with the Cadillac brand and particularly the 2013 Cadillac SRX.
For 2013 there have been a few changes with a real emphasis on interior upgrades like the CUE electronic interface and safety feature additions and a noise cancel system to eliminate wind and road noises.
Final result, a primo luxury crossover.
The competition for the 2013 Cadillac SRX includes the 2013 Acura RDX, BMW X3 and the Volvo XC60.
Trims on this Cadillac crossover include the Base, Luxury, Performance and Premium options, with the base starting out with pretty high stakes offering 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, roof rails, keyless entry, remote engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, impressive, even if vinyl, upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, reclining 60/40 split-folding rear seat and the CUE infotainment-control system with an 8-inch display.
On the luxury trim you get excellent safety feature additions like the front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot and cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera as well as rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic sunroof, and a power lift gate with adjustable opening height. There is also leather upholstery and an adjustable thigh support for the driver seat.
As an option on the Luxury trim you can also get a Driver Awareness package that offers forward-collision alert, lane departure warning and the safety alert driver seat or the Driver Assist package with adaptive cruise control, automatic collision preparation and automatic braking.
On the SRX Performance trim you up the wheels to 20-inch alloy, a sport-tuned suspension, adaptive dampers, and xenon headlights as well as fog lamps.
For the best of the best on the SRX the Premium offers Driver Awareness as well as tri-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and rear seat audio controls.
Also for add ons on all but the base you can opt for a towing package as well as a rear-seat entertainment system.
Under the hood the 2013 Cadillac SRX has a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 308 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque along with a six-speed automatic. Offered standard is front-wheel drive, but you can have all-wheel drive as well.
For safety, the 2013 Cadillac SRX offers a new Driver Assist and Driver Awareness package that will give customers automatic-braking technologies that means a reduction in a chance for a low-speed impact. There is also the vibrating Safety Alert Seat to let driver’s know of oncoming dangerous situations, but this option can be turned off as well.
Otherwise, safety standards are antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side and side curtain airbags as well as OnStar with automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation as well as blind-spot monitoring.
Inside, this Cadillac has the CUE infotainment-control, but more to the point is that this new system means no buttons. There is a LCD screen that is intuitive, but I will admit I did have trouble with it as my fingers touching the screen often did not result in the command I was hoping for be it audio or otherwise. There is a voice command too, which goes better for me.
Granted, the console does offer a cleaner look and easier to navigate once you get the hang of it.
As for space for driver and passenger, another plus as there is plenty of room with the exception of a smaller roof if you opt for the sunroof somewhat affecting passengers in the backseat, but not to the point of discomfort.
There is 30 cubic feet of cargo space and if you take advantage of the 60/40 split then you get an impressive 61 cubic feet.
Overall, driving the 2013 Cadillac SRX is impressive with easy acceleration and handling and taking corners is an easy task combining luxury and performance.
Should You Need to Know: A note here is the 2013 Cadillac SRX’s “Cadillac User Experience” (CUE) infotainment interface that is interactive with gesture controls that really take the thought out of pushing the buttons that are found in many other vehicles these days.
Miles Per Gallon: 2013 Cadillac SRX results are 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The 2013 Cadillac SRX AWD Premium that I drove came in at $57,505.
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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