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2015 Cadillac SRX Review

The 2015 Cadillac SRX sits in the middle of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. It has a powerful engine and good driving dynamics, but a tight second row and laggy infotainment operation keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent V6 engine
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Tight on rear headroom




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Cadillac SRX Overview

Is the 2015 Cadillac SRX a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 SRX is a decent used luxury midsize SUV. A potent V6 engine is standard across the lineup, but it returns below-average fuel economy. The SRX strikes a nice balance between confident handling and a comfortable ride. The front seats are supple and easy to relax in, but taller passengers might want more back-seat headroom. The SRX’s cargo volume, crash test results, and reliability rating are all about average for the class. In short, this Cadillac is a good-enough vehicle, but it doesn’t offer many advantages over some of its more well-rounded rivals in this competitive class.

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How Much Is the 2015 Cadillac SRX?

Prices for the 2015 SRX range from roughly $20,000 to around $31,000, with an average price of about $26,000. This data comes from nearly 1,200 listings for the 2015 SRX on our site. Actual prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Cadillac SRX Cost to Own?

The 2015 SRX is right in the middle of its class when it comes to projected gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $31,600 over five years for these expenses. However, some rivals are less expensive to own. A 2015 Lexus RX 350's projected five-year costs are typically about $1,000 lower than the SRX’s, while the 2015 Lincoln MKX's costs are more than $5,500 lower.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New SRX?

The Cadillac SRX was last produced for the 2016 model year, so there are no new SRX models available. It was replaced by the Cadillac XT5.

The 2019 XT5 starts at about $41,700, which is a big leap from the average price of a used 2015 SRX. Both models offer ample engine power and balanced, comfortable handling. Cargo space is very similar between the two models as well. The XT5 has standard features that you can’t get in any SRX, like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and wireless phone charging. If you can do without those features, it may not be worth the huge increase in price to buy a new XT5.

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You won’t find any new luxury midsize SUVs in the price range as a 2015 SRX, but you could look to some upscale examples in the midsize SUVs class. The highly ranked 2019 Kia Sorento and has an attractive, well-built cabin and a user-friendly infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard. The Sorento also has three rows of seats and a higher maximum cargo capacity than the SRX.

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Which Model Year of the Cadillac SRX Is Best?

Production of the Cadillac SRX spanned the 2010 through 2016 model years. We suggest buying a 2013 SRX or a newer model. For 2013, the CUE infotainment system became standard and the SRX received an interior and exterior design refresh. There were no major changes for the 2014 SRX, but the 2015 SRX received a standard built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. The 2016 SRX saw few notable changes. You can likely save thousands of dollars by shopping for an older SRX, all while getting a similar features as newer models.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Cadillac SRX?

The 2015 Cadillac SRX has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. This rating is below average for the class, despite the fact that a three is considered average across the industry.

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2015 Cadillac SRX Recalls

At the time of this writing, two open recalls apply to the 2015 SRX. Due to an incorrect bracket, the driver's seat can separate from the track, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Also, a loose or failing toe adjuster link in the rear suspension could cause the car to sway at highway speeds. Be sure that a Cadillac dealer has addressed these issues before buying a used 2015 SRX.

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Which Used Cadillac SRX Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Cadillac SRX is available in four trims: standard, Luxury, Performance, and Premium. All models come with the same engine and transmission combination. The base model features front-wheel drive, and other trims are available with all-wheel drive.

Your best bet is to go with a Luxury model. It adds features that the base trim lacks, such as leather upholstery, heated front seats, proximity key entry, remote start, and a sunroof. Navigation is standard in the Performance trim, and the Premium model adds some driver assistance features, but all of those amenities are available in the Luxury trim as well.

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How Safe Is the SRX?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Cadillac SRX a five-star overall crash test rating. The SRX also received five out of five stars in the side crash test, and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the SRX the highest score of Good in the four evaluations it conducted.

No driver assistance features come standard in the 2015 SRX. However, there's a huge list of available technologies: a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, a safety alert seat, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and forward and reverse automatic emergency braking.

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2015 Cadillac SRX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Cadillac SRX or 2015 Lexus RX?

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 ranks as one of the best SUVs in the luxury midsize SUV class. It has a top-notch reliability rating, a spacious cabin, and much more cargo volume than the SRX offers. The RX 350 prioritizes a quiet and comfortable ride over athletic handling, but it matches the SRX’s muscular engine power. An aging cabin design and a distracting available Remote Touch infotainment controller are two of the few knocks against the RX. You’ll likely find higher list prices for the RX by several thousand dollars, but it’s worth the extra money. Five-year expenses for the Lexus are also about $1,000 less than those of the SRX.

Which Is Better: 2015 Cadillac SRX or 2015 Lincoln MKX?

The 2015 Lincoln MKX has an above-average reliability rating, but that’s about the only reason it comes close to the SRX in our rankings. Otherwise, the Cadillac is the better SUV. The MKX has ho-hum performance overall, with a V6 engine that isn’t as good in practice as its 305-horsepower rating would suggest. The MKX’s handling is OK, but the ride gets harsh in models with large wheels. Both the SRX and the MKX have frustrating infotainment systems and similar passenger and cargo space. List prices are very similar for these two crossovers, but the MKX has lower five-year operating expenses by about $5,500. Still, you’re better off with the SRX.

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2015 SRX Performance

How Does the 2015 Cadillac SRX Drive?

The only engine for the Cadillac SRX is a 308-horsepower V6. It helps propel the car quickly away from a stop and delivers lots of passing power at highway speeds. The standard six-speed automatic transmission shifts seamlessly, and it feels refined overall.

The Cadillac SRX rides smoothly and soaks up bumps as well as you would expect from a luxury vehicle, but it doesn’t sacrifice on handling. This crossover feels agile and stable through tight corners, and its boasts responsive steering. Models with the available adaptive suspension strike an even finer balance between ride comfort and handling. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2015 Cadillac SRX Get Good Gas Mileage?

With standard FWD, the 2015 SRX gets 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are low for the class. Fuel economy drops to 16/23 mpg city/highway for models with AWD.

2015 Cadillac SRX Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the SRX can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2015 SRX Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 SRX Seat?

The Cadillac SRX seats five people on standard leatherette upholstery. An eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard. Available features include an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, front and rear heated leather seats, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The front seats are soft and provide good long-haul comfort. The rear seats are cozy as well, but headroom is tight for taller passengers – especially in sunroof-equipped models. The SRX offers decent forward visibility for a midsize SUV, but rear and side visibility are limited by the vehicle’s slim windows.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Cadillac SRX?

The SRX has two complete sets of second-row LATCH connections as well as a dedicated tether anchor for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The lower anchors are set deep in the seat, and it’s hard to maneuver your hands around them. Additionally, other hardware on the back of the outboard seats could be confused for the tether connections.

2015 Cadillac SRX Features

Standard features in the 2015 SRX include dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and push-button start. The standard infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.

Available features include tri-zone climate control, a sunroof, proximity keyless entry, rain-sensing windshield wipers, remote start, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, navigation, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

The CUE infotainment system and its touch screen are not very user-friendly. The system is prone to lagging and has confusing on-screen menus. Touch-sensitive sliders replace conventional knobs and buttons beneath the screen, and they can be awkward to use on the go.

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2015 Cadillac SRX Dimensions

Cadillac SRX Cargo Space

The Cadillac SRX has 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row and 61.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Those values are average for the class. A power liftgate is available.

2015 SRX Length and Weight

The 2015 SRX is 15.9 feet long. It has a curb weight of 4,277 pounds with front-wheel drive and 4,442 pounds with all-wheel drive.

Where Was the 2015 Cadillac SRX Built?

Cadillac built the 2015 SRX in Mexico.

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