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2016 Cadillac SRX Review

The 2016 Cadillac SRX has a luxe interior, a smooth ride, a refined V6 engine, and many advanced safety features, but higher-ranked rivals in the luxury midsize SUV class have more engaging performance, roomier cabins, and better safety and reliability scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Balanced handling
  • Quality interior materials
  • Confusing infotainment system
  • Limited rear headroom
  • Low fuel economy




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Cadillac SRX Overview

Is the 2016 Cadillac SRX a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Cadillac SRX boasts a potent engine and pleasant handling, a tasteful interior, and active safety features like blind spot monitoring in nearly every trim. Additionally, used SRX models are usually less expensive than luxury midsize SUV competitors. However, the SRX is tough to recommend because of its limited rear visibility and headroom, fussy touch-screen controls, and low fuel economy estimates.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 65 Cadillac SRX reviews to give you an idea of this SUV's pros and cons. We’ve also included information on fuel economy, safety, and reliability to help you decide if the 2016 SRX is the right SUV for you.

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How Much Is the 2016 Cadillac SRX?

We analyzed the more than 1,400 used 2016 Cadillac SRX listings on our site and found that listing prices average about $29,600. Prices range from $24,000 to $35,000. The vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location can affect the price.

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How Much Does the 2016 Cadillac SRX Cost to Own?

Over five years of ownership, you can expect to spend around $28,500 on a used 2016 SRX for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. That's about $5,700 per year. You could save hundreds of dollars a year in ownership costs if you buy a rival like the 2016 Lexus RX or 2016 Lincoln MKX.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New SRX?

Cadillac ceased production of the SRX after the 2016 model year and replaced it with the Cadillac XT5. The base price for the 2018 XT5 is nearly $11,000 more than the average price of a used 2016 SRX. The new XT5 offers more advanced features that you can't get in the 2016 SRX, but otherwise the models are very similar. You're better off sticking with a used SRX and saving yourself a lot of money.

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You won't find a new luxury midsize SUV that has a price as low as a used 2016 SRX, but if you step down to affordable models, you'll have several to choose from. The 2018 Kia Sorento is our 2018 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money, and with a starting price of around $26,000, you can almost definitely find one cheaper than many used SRX models. The Sorento is roomy and upscale inside, and it gets good fuel economy from its base engine. For just a couple thousand dollars more than the average listing price of a used 2016 SRX, you can get the highly rated 2018 Volkswagen Atlas or the 2018 Mazda CX-9. Both vehicles offer agile handling, fuel-efficient powertrains, and upscale, feature-filled cabins.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Cadillac SRX?

The 2016 SRX's reliability rating of three out of five is typical among all vehicles on the market. However, most other 2016 luxury midsize crossovers have higher ratings than the SRX.

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2016 Cadillac SRX Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls on the 2016 SRX.

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Which Model Year of the Cadillac SRX Is Best?

The 2016 Cadillac SRX marks the seventh and final year of the vehicle’s second generation, which launched for 2010. There were no major updates between the 2014 and 2016 model years (aside from the addition of a Wi-Fi hot spot in the 2015 SRX), and models from these years earn similar overall scores in our rankings. As a result, you may be able to find similarly equipped 2014 and 2015 SRX models at a much lower price.

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Which Used Cadillac SRX Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Cadillac SRX is available in four trim levels. The base SRX has an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and leatherette upholstery. The SRX Luxury trim adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The SRX Performance trim adds navigation and adaptive pivoting headlights. The SRX Premium trim adds ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and the Driver Awareness safety features.

If possible, look for used SRX Luxury models. These vehicles offer a good mix of standard and available features for the price and can include helpful options like navigation, forward collision warning, and rear-seat DVD players.

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What Does Cadillac's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Cadillac offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles four years old or less and with fewer than 50,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles see the original new-car limited warranty extended to six years or 100,000 miles. Cadillac CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Cadillac’s warranty page carefully.

Cadillac’s CPO program is OK, according to our analysis, but several luxury carmakers offer better programs. These include Lexus, Infiniti, Audi, and Acura.

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How Safe Is the SRX?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Cadillac SRX a Good safety rating, the highest it offers, in all four areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the SRX a perfect five-star rating in overall and side impact safety, as well as four stars in front and rollover crash testing.

The SRX is available with many advanced safety features. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera are standard in all but base SRX models. All upper trims are available with a Driver Awareness package, which adds forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and GM’s Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates to warn drivers of potential hazards. An additional Driver Assist package adds adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

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2016 Cadillac SRX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Cadillac SRX or 2016 Lexus RX?

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 ranks near the top of the luxury midsize SUV class, and it’s a better all-around vehicle than the SRX. Like the SRX, the RX 350 offers a smooth ride, brisk engine performance, and a long list of advanced safety features. However, the Lexus delivers superior fuel economy, roomier rear seating, more premium interior materials, and a higher reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2016 Cadillac SRX or 2016 Lincoln MKX?

The 2016 Lincoln MKX tops the SRX as well, winning our 2016 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money award. Redesigned for 2016, the MKX has cleaner styling inside and out, as well as more cargo room and rear-seat space than the SRX. Base MKX models are better equipped than base SRX models, and higher trim MKX models offer more luxurious features than the SRX, such as massaging front seats, a 19-speaker Revel sound system, and parallel parking assist. Both vehicles ride comfortably over broken pavement, have energetic V6 engines, and offer many advanced safety features, but for the money, the Lincoln is the better buy.

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2016 SRX Performance

How Does the 2016 Cadillac SRX Drive?

The 2016 SRX rides smoothly and absorbs bumps well, and responsive steering ensures this Cadillac is reasonably fun to drive. The SRX has a V6 engine that makes 308 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. The muscular V6 and quick-shifting automatic help the SRX accelerate swiftly and provide good passing power on the highway.

Does the 2016 Cadillac SRX Get Good Gas Mileage?

Most luxury midsize SUVs are more fuel-efficient than the SRX. Front-wheel-drive SRX models get up to 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while all-wheel drive drops fuel economy by 1 mpg in both city and highway driving.

2016 Cadillac SRX Towing Capacity

The SRX is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2016 SRX Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 SRX Seat?

The Cadillac SRX seats five and features an attractive cabin with quality materials throughout. The SRX’s front seats are soft, comfortable, and nicely supportive, even for long trips. The rear seats are plush as well, but headroom can be tight for taller passengers, especially in sunroof-equipped models. Leatherette upholstery is standard; leather, heated, and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are available. The SRX offers decent forward visibility for a midsize SUV, although the vehicle’s slim windows limit rear and side visibility.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Cadillac SRX?

The SRX includes two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the SRX's LATCH system as Marginal – the second-worst rating – for ease of use.

2016 Cadillac SRX Features

All SRX models are well-equipped with many standard features, including an 8-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and wireless device charging. Unfortunately, the touch screen and its CUE infotainment system aren’t user-friendly. The system is prone to lagging and may not register some inputs. Its on-screen menus are somewhat confusing as well. Touch-sensitive sliders replace conventional knobs and buttons beneath the screen, and they can be awkward to use on the go. Available features include a power liftgate, a Bose sound system, navigation, and a Rear Seat Entertainment package with two DVD screens.

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2016 Cadillac SRX Dimensions

Cadillac SRX Cargo Space

The SRX has less cargo space than most rivals. Behind the rear seats, you'll have 29.9 cubic feet of room, and with the rear seats folded, the SRX can handle 61.1 cubic feet of cargo.

2016 SRX Length and Weight

The SRX is nearly 16 feet long. Front-wheel-drive models weigh 4,277 pounds. All-wheel-drive models weigh 4,442 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Cadillac SRX Built?

The 2016 SRX was assembled at a plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

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