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2013 Cadillac SRX Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Cadillac SRX was new.


Performance: 7.9

Most automotive journalists are fond of the 2013 Cadillac SRX’s V6 engine and its smooth, quiet power delivery. They also like the SRX’s sporty handing and controlled, planted feel, as well as its comfortable ride. However, the SRX’s fuel economy ratings are low and critics say that some competitors are sportier.

  • "Whether on the highway or a twisty canyon road, the SRX is a capable and competent driving partner. It does not feel as nimble or as quick as a BMW X3, but the SRX offers a good balance between comfort and agility." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Acceleration was pretty quick, too, for such a heavy beast." -- AutoWeek (2012)

Acceleration and Power

All 2013 SRX models have a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 308 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Two-wheel drive SRX models average an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. Models with optional all-wheel drive average 16/23 mpg.

Most auto writers think the SRX’s V6 engine has smooth power delivery and are impressed that it has good acceleration for such a heavy vehicle. They report that passing and merging also aren’t a problem for the SRX. Most reviewers like the automatic transmission, but one reviewer mentions that it is slow to downshift.

  • "The six-speed automatic transmission is a good companion, though, and fairly unobtrusively keeps the V6 ready for response, although downshifts sometimes can be slower than you'd like." -- Edmunds 
  • "The 3.6-liter V6 that arrived in the vehicle last year is a big improvement over past engine options and provides commendable power." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Even when whipped up to its 6800-rpm power peak, the V-6 remains refined and pleasant. There’s an appropriate amount of intake snarling and exhaust rush." -- Car and Driver (2012)
  • "Power is impressive from a stop with more than ample passing and merging muscle on tap. The transmission is sportier than most shoppers might expect. Shifts are never harsh but always felt." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Handling and Braking

Reviewers like the way the 2013 SRX handles and steers. Few auto writers comment on the brakes, but one finds that they’re spongy. Overall, reviewers like the SRX’s ride quality, saying it doesn’t have much body lean and feels controlled and stable.

  • "You're likely to be surprised by the crispness of the 2013 SRX's handling and cornering demeanor. Many luxury crossovers tend to be oriented toward the soft side, sacrificing some nimbleness for a more comfortable ride, but the SRX doesn't really require such trade-offs." -- Edmunds
  • "As for steering, the SRX's available speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion system helps the SUV feel sporty and offers good feedback as to what's happening on the road below." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "SRX handles well for a crossover, with good grip and little lean in corners. Some testers find the steering to be too light and devoid of feel." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Steering -- variable-input and fixed-input alike -- is quick and responsive, though feedback is somewhat lacking. Only the spongy-feeling brakes deserve any real criticism." -- Motor Trend (2012)

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