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2014 Cadillac SRX Review

The 2014 Cadillac SRX has sporty road manners and a sumptuous cabin, but its infotainment system can be finicky and it gets below-average fuel economy for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Attractive, well-made cabin


  • Complicated infotainment system
  • Uses more fuel than most rivals
  • No standard advanced safety features





Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.3
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2014 Cadillac SRX Overview

Is the 2014 Cadillac SRX a Good Used SUV?

Although the SRX is an appealing choice, you can do better. It struggles to keep up with its rivals on the tech front, and it’ll cost you more at the pump.

The SRX’s 308-horsepower V6 engine provides more than enough power to pass and merge on the highway, but it won’t give you white knuckles. The six-speed automatic transmission works well but can sometimes be slow to downshift. Expect 16-17 mpg in the city and 23-24 mpg on the highway, depending on whether the model has front- or all-wheel drive. That’s below average for the class. Although the SRX has a tranquil ride, it still feels athletic around turns and has little body lean.

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Build quality is excellent in the stylish SRX, with ample seating space for four. You can hold five passengers in a pinch, but it’s a tight fit. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat. Leatherette upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat come standard. Luxury models add leather, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable passenger seat. Some models have heated rear outboard seats. On the downside, rearward visibility is poor, and the optional sunroof cuts into headroom.

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, a Bose eight-speaker sound system, satellite radio, a USB port, an SD card reader, HD Radio, and Bluetooth for phone calls and audio streaming. Various packages offer some useful add-ons, like a rear-seat entertainment system and navigation. The CUE system has a vibrant touch-screen display, but its interface has a learning curve and is not particularly intuitive.

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Used 2014 Cadillac SRX Prices

Prices for a used 2014 Cadillac SRX range from about $21,500 for a base model to almost $30,000 for an all-wheel drive Premium model. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's trim, condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Cadillac SRX?

The 2014 Cadillac SRX has a reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is considered average. However, most other luxury compact SUVs earn the same score or better.

How Safe Is the SRX?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 SRX the highest score of Good in four areas tested. The SRX also earned five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Unlike many others in the class, the SRX doesn’t come standard with advanced safety features. You have to upgrade to the Luxury trim or better to get a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and rear cross traffic alert. Some models also have forward collision warning, front and rear automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane departure warning. An available safety alert seat communicates safety warnings by vibrating the driver’s seat. For more information, check out Today’s Advanced Safety Features, and What They Do.

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Should I Consider Another Used SRX?

The second and final generation of the SRX ran from the 2010 through 2016 model years. The 2013 SRX received an interior and exterior style refresh. It offers the look and feel of the 2014 model – plus the Cadillac CUE infotainment system – at a lower price.

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Which Used Cadillac SRX Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Cadillac SRX comes in four trims: Standard, Luxury, Performance, and Premium. For the best value, you’ll want the Luxury trim. It builds on the base trim by adding leather upholstery, a sunroof, a power liftgate, a proximity key, a heated steering wheel, and driver position memory. It also comes with a number of advanced safety features. You may also find luxury models with other add-ons, like all-wheel drive, navigation, a Bose system, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

A certified pre-owned SRX might cost you a little more, but Cadillac CPO 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.

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We don't base our ratings and reviews on our own opinions. Rather, we use credible reviews, fuel economy estimates, reliability data, and safety scores to show you how the Cadillac SRX measures up to other luxury midsize SUVs.

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Our U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars for a decade, and we have a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To keep our reviews impartial, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies. Also, a third party manages our advertisements.

2014 Cadillac SRX and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac SRX or 2014 Lexus RX 350?

Unless price and cornering ability are priorities, you’re better off with the Lexus RX 350. Acceleration is brisk with either SUV. Both offer a classy interior and a supple ride. However, each has an infotainment system that takes some getting used to. The Lexus RX is better on fuel and touts a higher reliability rating. It offers an extra 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space overall – enough room for three or four sets of luggage.

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac SRX or 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Over the years, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has stepped up its game to become a formidable rival to some luxury SUVs. It has terrific off-road capability, powerful engine choices, and one of the best infotainment systems on the market. Interior quality and features offerings improve in Overland and Summit models. However, the Grand Cherokee’s reliability makes it hard to recommend. Unless you’re drawn to the Jeep’s off-road prowess, you’re better off with the SRX.

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