2014 Cadillac SRX – Top Speed

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Cadillac SRX

2014 Cadillac SRX

price: $38225 Engine: V6 Transmission: 6-speed Automatic Horsepower @ RPM: 308 @ 6800 MPG(Cty): 17 MPG(Hwy): 24 Torque @ RPM: 265 @ 2400 Energy: Direct Gasoline Injection Displacement: 3.6 L 0-60 time: 7.1 sec. Top Speed: 117 mph (Est.) Layout: Front-engine, Front-drive (AWD Opt.)

The 2014 SRX may look the same as last year#8217;s model from the outside, but its redesigned interior now packs all the latest active safety technology, like fully adaptive cruise control. Paired with the optional AWD, this five-seat V-6 crossover is a confident and safe family car with Audi -inspired interior quality and trim choices.

You would not know it from the lack of exterior style, but the SRX is Cadillac’s most important model. It took in over one-third of total Cadillac volume over the last 3 years, despite a troubled launch.

The SRX debuted in the wrong place at the wrong time during the restructuring of GM and the closure of Saab. Twinned with the better-looking (but now defunct) Saab 9-7X, the SRX was left to shoulder the load of its own factory and hopefully double sales of the previous SRX into the mid-50,000-unit range annually.

The first-gen SRX was a cult hit with a CTS -based platform, available V-8 engines and rear or AWD. Commercially, the SRX’s narrow platform and wagon-like proportions failed to win meaningful sales ground, despite the big power, gorgeous LED brake lights and low roof.

The wagon-like SRX was replaced by this conventional front or AWD crossover. It was much closer to the Lexus RX350 template and has proved to be much more popular with normal consumers.

The SRX competes in the midsize luxury crossover segment pretty effectively in spite of its ugly-duckling beginnings. It is a top-10 seller (in its category of 25-plus other models) behind mini SUVs, like the best-selling Lexus RX. Acura MDX and Audi Q5 .

Is the mainstream Cadillac SRX a good choice for cruising comfort and safe family transport?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Cadillac SRX with extra info on the new features, options and updates.

Exterior

The SRX is a hard car to love based on exterior styling, but there are many satisfying details, like the overall nose graphic, the 3D grille detailing and striking vertical LED taillights. The rear three-quarter angle is also pretty good with a unique roof-pillar design and chopped window glass behind the rear doors.

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The 2013#8217;s new grille and slightly modified headlights are about the only changes to the exterior of the SRX since its launch as a 2010 model year. This grille keeps the same shape but replaces the minimal black slats for a more elaborate chrome setup. The grille now has numerous vertical and horizontal trim pieces and matching detailing for the lower grille and bumper area.

This front bumper is the key to the SRX’s style woes. Cadillac went the Porsche Cayenne route of mounting the car’s face up high near the hood to maintain the family look of other Cadillac#8217;s, like the CTS .

This is a styling trap. In the SRX’s case, the car is stuck with a pointed front bumper that increases the perceived overhang. It also has nearly 1/2-foot of unpainted air dam material under the bumpers and doors. These black panels leave a lot to be desired in the face of more complete crossover styles, like the Audi Q5 .

Cadillac remains synonymous with LED blades and tubes of light. The SRX employs these up front for LED running lights, to the side with a white/yellow switchback LED turn signal in the chrome fender vent, and out back with the vertical LED brake lights that curve over the car#8217;s shoulder.

The front light tubes are part of something Cadillac called Intellibeam (cornering headlamps). These LED tubes are not nearly as bright as the newest Cadillac LED technology for white daytime running lights. The tubes use one main LED to light the pipe versus dozens for the new design.

The SRX is awkward from straight ahead and from the front quarter angle. The hood rises toward the A-pillars in a sharp way that vaguely resembles the larger Escalade. The diving swage line tries too hard to convey sportiness on the SRX#8217;s large, chunky shape.

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