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2016 Cadillac SRX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Cadillac SRX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

Automotive journalists say the 2016 Cadillac SRX's cabin is built with top-notch materials and is attractively styled. Although the SRX comes equipped with lots of tech features, reviewers complain that the CUE infotainment system has a steep learning curve.

  • "The 2016 Cadillac SRX's cabin is thoroughly modern, and then some." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The SRX's interior trim has a high-quality look and feel, and everything is nicely put together for the most part. We wish some of the wood accents didn't look quite so polished, but the overall impression is an excellent blend of technology-meets-luxury." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Fit and finish inside the SRX is quite good, as has become the standard for Cadillac. There's plenty of technology, especially with the addition of CUE as standard equipment. Materials are soft to the touch pretty much anywhere that the hand can fall." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Cadillac SRX has seats for five. Leatherette upholstery and an eight-way power driver's seat are standard. Leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear outboard seats, power-adjustable pedals and a power-adjustable passenger seat are optional. According to automotive journalists, the SRX's front seats are spacious and pleasant. Still, critics point out that its sloping roofline creates poor rearward visibility and limits headroom for back-seat passengers.

  • The SRX's front seats are roomy, though the 3-passenger rear seat can be tight for taller adults." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Admittedly, we have a few gripes here and there. The biggest one is visibility. Owing to the SRX's bold styling, the window's beltline comes up extremely high near the back of the SUV, resulting in awkward rear visibility." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • The Cadillac SRX offers ample room for four adults, although headroom is snug in the rear seat, particularly when the panoramic sunroof is in place (which is the case in all but the base model)." -- Edmunds (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 SRX's standard features include an eight-speaker Bose stereo, Cadillac's CUE infotainment system, OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot capability (subscription required after a three-month trial), dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Bose stereo system, navigation, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and Cadillac's Safety Alert seat, which vibrates to warn the driver of road obstructions or when the vehicle veers out of its lane.

Test drivers find the SRX's CUE infotainment system to be difficult to use, and say that its menus are confusing. They add that the system is also slow to respond to user inputs.

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  • "Although we applaud the cutting-edge CUE infotainment setup and its touch-sensitive 8-inch display, the system requires a steep learning curve to operate when driving." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Reactions to inputs via the touchscreen or physical buttons can be slow or sometimes missed altogether. Also, the thunk that supposedly acknowledges successful presses feels and sounds inelegant and slide-bar volume adjustment is far more difficult to use than a conventional knob. Perhaps worst of all, the screen's menu structure is unintuitive. In general, we prefer most other electronics interfaces in this segment." -- Edmunds (2015)

Cargo

With its rear seats in use, the 2016 Cadillac SRX has 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space and 61.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That’s a smaller cargo capacity than that of many other SUVs in the class. A few test drivers note that the SRX’s cabin offers a good number of storage spaces for small items. A power liftgate is optional.

  • Behind the folding and reclining rear seat is about 30 cubic feet of cargo space. That's less than a smaller SUV like the Honda CR-V, but ample for all but the biggest shopping splurges." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Cargo room is average for the class: 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 61 cubic feet with both sections of the 60/40-split rear seatbacks folded down." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Impressive cabin storage includes upper and lower gloveboxes, a two-tier console box, unusual two-tier map pockets in the doors, a couple of small dash bins, and two open console cupholders." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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