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2013 Cadillac SRX Review

Reviewers liked the Cadillac SRX’s composed driving dynamics and practical cargo hold, but some were disappointed with its poor fuel economy and cramped rear seats.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed handling
  • Useful cargo management system
  • Cramped rear-seat headroom
  • Poor fuel economy for the class

New for 2013

  • CUE infotainment system became available
  • Refreshed exterior and interior styling




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.3
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2013 Cadillac SRX Overview

The 2013 Cadillac SRX comes with a V6 engine that reviewers wrote has ample power. However, a few critics noted that the SRX’s weight takes a toll on acceleration and fuel economy. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and automotive writers said it is generally responsive and quick to shift. According to the EPA, the 2013 SRX gets up to 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is poor for the class. According to test drivers, the 2013 Cadillac SRX has composed handling and responsive steering, as well as a controlled, comfortable ride on rough roads.

Most automotive journalists reported that the 2013 Cadillac SRX’s cabin is attractive and well-built, though some critics noted that some surfaces are prone to collect fingerprints. The SRX seats five and has power-adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery. Leather seats and heated front and rear seats are available. Reviewers said there’s plenty of head- and legroom in the front seats, but complained that the SRX’s low roofline limits rear-seat headroom and rearward visibility. Standard features in the 2013 SRX include Cadillac's CUE infotainment system, three USB ports, satellite radio and Bluetooth. A 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, forward collision alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and a rearview camera are available. Some reviews were pleased with the CUE system’s smartphone-like operation. However, critics noticed that the system doesn't respond quickly and would have preferred physical buttons over CUE's flat buttons that vibrate when you touch them. The Cadillac SRX has 61.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is good for the class. Reviewers liked the convenience of the SRX's available configurable cargo management system for securing items.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Test drivers praised the 2013 BMW X3 for its sporty handling and powerful engines, and it gets good fuel economy for the class. Reviewers appreciated its roomy front and rear seats, as well as its good outward visibility.

Even with standard all-wheel drive, the 2013 Audi Q5 gets much better fuel economy than the SRX. Reviewers said the Q5 has nimble handling and ample power from either of its available engines, as well as excellent cabin fit and finish.

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