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Cadillac SRX

Cadillac sharpens its creased crossover.

Three years after it was introduced, the second-generation SRX still trails its Lexus competition but has managed to close the gap considerably. Last year, Cadillac did away with the SRX’s previous V-6 engines — a 3.0-liter and a turbo 2.8-liter — and replaced them with an E85-capable, 3.6-liter, direct-injected V-6. For 2013, Cadillac has added the brand’s high-tech CUE (Cadillac User Experience) infotainment system. Using touch-capacitive controls, a large touch screen, and an optional digital gauge cluster, CUE rivals BMW’s iDrive, Audi’s MMI, Mercedes-Benz’s Comand, and Lincoln’s MyLincoln Touch for total connectivity, although CUE is not very intuitive to use. The cabin continues to mix supple leather with high-quality plastics and aluminum trim. On the road, the SRX feels composed over even rough surfaces; it is much sportier than the Lexus, but it won’t ever be mistaken for a track-day toy. The SRX is a handsome vehicle, with creased character lines, angular fascia treatments, and tail-fin-reminiscent LED taillights. Front-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available on all but the base model.

COMPETITORS

BMW X3

Lexus RX350

Lincoln MKX

Volvo XC60

new for 2013

The SRX gets an updated grille with more brightwork, revised fender vents, and an updated interior with the CUE infotainment system. It also adds new twenty-inch wheels, a light titanium interior color with raven sapele wood accents, and three new exterior colors. Driver awareness and driver assist packages are optional.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; OnStar telematics with emergency services and automatic crash notification; ABS with stability and traction control; and tire-pressure monitors are standard. A reverse camera, forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, side blind-zone alert, automatic braking, and Safety Alert Seat are optional.

MPG

CITY 16–17

HWY 23–24

PRO

Sharp styling

Convenient exterior size

CON

Compromised rearward visibility

Confusing CUE system

Base Price Range: $36,860–$50,460

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Front-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: SRX, Luxury, Performance, Premium

BODY STYLE: SUV/crossover, 5-passenger

ENGINE: 3.6L V-6, 308 hp, 265 lb-ft (E85 capable)

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 100.6 cu ft

CAPACITIES: Towing 3500 lb; cargo (rear seats up/down) 29.2/61.2 cu ft

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