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2014 Cadillac SRX Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2014 Cadillac SRX was new.


Performance: 8.0

Reviewers agree that the 2014 Cadillac SRX has a strong engine, balanced handling and  a comfortable ride. However, some say that competing luxury compact SUVs offer handling that’s more athletic.

  • "On both highways and canyon roads, the 2014 SRX is a competent companion." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although it's not the most athletic crossover SUV in its class, being behind the wheel of an SRX definitely imparts an authentic luxury experience and it strikes an enjoyable balance between ride comfort and handling. It's also one of the few entry-level luxury crossovers that still has a standard V6 engine. The Cadillac is heavy for its size, though, so it never feels blazingly quick and fuel economy suffers as well." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Cadillac SRX is powered by a 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. A front-wheel drive SRX is rated at an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is low for a luxury compact SUV.

Reviewers say that the SRX’s V6 engine provides plenty of power in most situations, though some mention that the SRX’s acceleration falls short of thrilling. The SRX’s transmission earns praise from one critic who appreciates its sporty demeanor. However, another notes that it can be slow to downshift at times.

  • "The 308-horsepower V6 that arrived for duty two years ago does a good job getting the SUV up to speed and is a big improvement over the SUV's past powerplants." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 3.6-liter V6 moves the 2014 Cadillac SRX with assurance in most situations, though acceleration is better described as satisfying rather than exhilarating. The six-speed automatic transmission is a good companion, as it changes gears in a smooth, unobtrusive manner. Occasionally, it's a little slow to downshift during highway passing maneuvers, however." -- Edmunds
  • "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

Test drivers say that the 2014 SRX has a refined ride that is comfortable and can feel somewhat sporty, though not to the degree of rivals like the BMW X3. One reviewer says that the steering doesn't provide much feedback, but is otherwise responsive. The SRX’s brake pedal is also criticized for having a spongy feel.

  • "You're likely to be surprised by the crispness of the 2014 SRX's handling coupled with this crossover SUV's comfortable ride. Many premium-brand crossovers give you one or the other, but the Cadillac is a nice compromise of agility and comfort. If you regularly detour onto back roads, we'd recommend an all-wheel-drive Performance or Premium model, as these SRXs feature quicker, sportier steering and an adaptive suspension that together give it an extra measure of capability around turns." -- Edmunds
  • "At around 4,300 pounds or more, it doesn't feel as quick or nimble as a BMW X3, but the Cadillac offers a good balance of agility and the comfort for which this brand is known." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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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