The 2013 Cadillac SRX shows a somewhat different, more distinctive personality on the inside than it advertises on the outside. While it fits right in with other luxury crossovers on the outside, its uniquely Cadillac interior continues to stand out in its class–both in the details and in the overarching design. This year, Cadillac’s updating the grille for a little more depth; there are also new LED light pipes, and the 20-inch wheels are restyled, in either chrome or polished finishes. Inside, the look is uniquely American, and the hand-cut-and-sewn coverings on the instrument panel and ambient lighting make for a rich environment.
But the big news is that the cabin of all 2013 SRX models will feature Cadillac’s new CUE infotainment system. With an eight-inch multi-touch capacitive color touchscreen display, almost all functions for the vehicle are now controlled via touch. The touch-based controls feature both haptic feedback and proximity sensing technology to ensure consumers know when a command has been registered. The touch-screen is motorized and can flip up to reveal a hidden storage cubby. CUE incorporates all the latest technology including standard HD radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and the ability to pair up to 10 Bluetooth devices.Cadillac has taken a very comfortable, well-hushed interior and made it even more so for 2013 with new active noise cancellation. Using a microphone to detect ambient noise, the computer will counteract the sound waves through the audio system. The 2013 SRX interior also features a revised steering wheel, and shift knob design, a new instrument cluster which incorporates a revised driver information center for CUE, and a new Light Titanium interior color choice, which is matched with new Raven Sapele wood color accents. Thanks to well-contoured seats, front and back–including extendable thigh bolsters in front and a good seating height–we find this interior very passenger-friendly.
The SRX continues with the new 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission that were added for 2012. Front- or all-wheel-drive models are available. All-wheel-drive models use a Haldex system with an electronic limited-slip rear differential providing excellent traction in bad weather.
The 2013 SRX has confident acceleration, although we can’t say that it feels anywhere as sprightly as the Acura MDX, Lincoln MKX, or Lexus RX 350. But thanks to the engine’s 265 pound-foot torque plateau, at just 2,400 rpm, the whole setup feels relaxed–and 60 mph comes on in a relatively quick seven seconds. It’s not sprightly or nimble in any way, though, due to the combination of rather tall transmission gearing and a hefty 4,500-pound curb weight. On the bright side, the hydraulic power steering is precise and confident.
With top five-star ratings from the federal government as well as Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS, the SRX is a safety superstar. For 2013 Cadillac is adding new safety features such as adaptive cruise control, cross traffic alert, safety alert seat technology, and automatic front and rear braking assist.These new features rely on radar, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors to help prevent crashes.
Whether you want traditional luxury, or high-tech connectivity or entertainment, the Cadillac SRX has a strong set of features. And for 2013, with the addition of CUE, and a revised set of steering-wheel and instrument-panel controls to match, the SRX offers one of the most advanced interiors on the market.
Top Premium Collection models include navigation, Bose surround audio, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated mirrors, a heated steering wheel, a Sapele wood-trimmed interior, remote start, tri-zone climate control, rear-seat audio controls, adjustable pedals, fog lamps, and rain-sensing wipers. This year, new 20-inch wheels, a few new colors, and a new Light Titanium interior and Raven Sapele wood accents all try to add a dash of the custom-look trims that have become part of buying a luxury vehicle.