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2016 Cadillac SRX Performance Review

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


Performance: 8.1

Test drivers write that the 2016 Cadillac SRX has a strong engine, sporty handling and a comfortable ride. Still, most SUVs in the class earn better fuel economy estimates.

  • "The German brands may deliver more spirited driving experiences, but the SRX won't disappoint, and its ride is more in line with what most buyers expect of a luxury-crossover SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The SRX seems to be among the nimblest and sportiest offerings in its class." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "More positively, we like the way this Caddy drives. It feels planted and confident around turns, yet still provides a comfy ride over broken pavement." -- Edmunds (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The Cadillac SRX comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive models earn an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for a V6-powered luxury compact SUV.  

Test drivers report that the V6-powered SRX accelerates easily from a stop and feels strong on the highway. Its transmission shifts quickly, they add. Still, some critics are disappointed by the SRX's poor fuel economy estimates.

  • "The SRX's 308-horsepower V6 never feels taxed, but its rather lackluster fuel-economy figures leave something to be desired. To help mitigate frequent fill-ups, Cadillac equips the SRX with 21-gallon fuel tank." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The transmission does a great job of keeping the engine in its optimal power range. When a downshift is needed, the transmission is happy to oblige, even in automatic mode." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "The SRX is also one of the few picks in its class to have a V6 engine as standard equipment. The advantage isn't as great as you might think -- rival turbocharged four-cylinder engines can still be plenty quick and get better fuel economy -- but if you want a proven powertrain, the SRX delivers." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "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

According to reviewers, the 2016 SRX offers agile handling and a cushioned ride. Test drivers are pleased with the optional speed-sensitive steering system, which they report makes for well-weighted and responsive steering. Also optional is an adaptive suspension system that makes handling even sharper. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "Even more notable is the SRX's ride, which is devoid of the abruptness sometimes experienced with more enthusiast-oriented SUVs. If we had to pick, we'd say the SRX rides more softly than a BMW X3 or Acura RDX, but its handling falls more in line with the Audi Q5 and Lincoln MKX." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Steering is responsive, yet light enough for easy in-town driving." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "You're likely to be surprised by the crispness of the SRX's handling coupled with this crossover SUV's comfortable ride. If you regularly seek out back roads, we'd recommend an all-wheel-drive Performance or Premium version, as they feature quicker, sportier steering and an adaptive suspension that together give it an extra measure of capability around turns." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "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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