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2014 Cadillac SRX: Used Car Review

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Basically unchanged from 2013, the 2014 Cadillac SRX remains a smaller, more maneuverable and more fuel efficient midsize alternative to the full-size Escalade. It's only available in a 5-passenger model and cedes the optional third row and V8 engine to larger competitors. It comes equipped with a full array of safety gear, including dual front, overhead and front-seat side airbags, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, OnStar crash notification, anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes, and traction and stability control. Continued for 2014 are the safety alert seat technology, automatic front and rear braking, lane-departure warning, forward collision alert and adaptive cruise control. While it doesn't have the Escalade's ability to carry extra passengers or tote big cargo, the compact SRX offers up to 29.9 cu ft. of cargo space behind the rear seat and 61.1 cu ft. with the rear seat folded. It's rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

The 2014 Cadillac SRX continues with the CUE in-vehicle user interface featuring touch-panel controls for infotainment and climate control, doing away with most of the conventional knobs and buttons used in previous years. The peppy direct-injected 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 remains the SRX's sole power plant. New for 2014 is an optional Intellibeam system that automatically dims the high beams when oncoming traffic is detected. The 2014 SRX was Cadillac's best-selling model, hitting a bull's-eye in the hot entry-level luxury-crossover-SUV market.

What We Like

Ample performance; stylish exterior; quiet interior; 3.6-liter V6 uses regular fuel; good handling; pop-up navigation screen; standard blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems

What We Don't

Hard seat cushions; harsh ride impacts; poor outward visibility; no spare tire; glitchy CUE touch-panel interface has a steep learning curve

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2014 SRX is equipped with a direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 that produces 308 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel. Unlike some other luxury crossovers, premium fuel is not required. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the V6 delivers good all-around performance. Equipped with front-wheel drive, the 3.6-liter V6 is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while all-wheel-drive models receive 16 mpg city/23 mpg hwy. The maximum tow rating is 3,500 pounds. A driver-selectable Eco mode delivers earlier upshifts to save fuel. Active noise cancellation -- which feeds through the audio system speakers -- helps diminish ambient noise.

Standard Features & Options

The 2014 SRX comes in base, Luxury, Performance and Premium trims.

The base SRX is front-drive only and features the CUE user interface, standard Bluetooth phone connectivity, OnStar with turn-by-turn directions, SiriusXM radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with remote audio controls, remote keyless entry, an 8-speaker Bose AM/FM/CD stereo, automatic headlamps, a power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, HD Radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, three USB ports, an SD card slot, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, a split-folding rear seat with a cargo pass-through, power doors, power windows and heated power mirrors.

Moving up to Luxury adds the option of all-wheel drive, plus standard leather seating, Sapele wood interior trim, heated power front seats with driver's-seat memory, a heated leather-and-wood steering wheel, a power moonroof, a power lift gate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, adjustable pedals, rain-sensing wipers, keyless access, a garage-door opener, interior ambient lighting, chrome roof rails, a cargo shade and cargo management system, front and rear park assist, and a backup camera. Popular options include a 10-speaker DVD audio system, 2-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment with headphones and Blu-ray compatibility, and a navigation system with a 7-in touchscreen.

The Performance trim gains a standard adaptive suspension, fog lamps, navigation, Bose 10-speaker Surround Sound DVD audio, a rear camera, HID headlamps with adaptive forward lighting, variable-effort speed-sensing steering and 20-in wheels.

The Premium trim includes the same offerings as the Performance package, plus rear air conditioning and audio controls, heated rear seats and ventilated front seats.

Pricing

Entry-level luxury crossovers are a hot commodity on the new-car market, and that popularity makes clean, low-mileage used versions equally desirable. For a good idea of the 2014 SRX's price range, check out the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the following safety recall for the 2014 SRX:

An undertightened rear-suspension toe-adjuster link may cause instability at speed, and if the link fastener fails, the driver may lose control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2014 Cadillac SRX five stars overall: four stars for frontal impacts, five for side-impact performance and four stars for rollover resistance.

The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 SRX Good scores for moderate-overlap front- and side-impact crash tests, as well as roof strength, head-restraint and seat crash performance.

Cadillac covered the 2014 SRX with a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a transferable 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 6-year/unlimited-mile corrosion-perforation warranty and 6 years/70,000 miles of roadside assistance

Cadillac certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles can't have more than 50,000 miles on the odometer and must have entered service within the last 4 years. Every CPO Cadillac SRX undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive bumper-to-bumper coverage that extends the factory warranty to 6 years or 70,000 miles from the original in-service date. CPO status also includes 3 months of SiriusXM radio and OnStar coverage, roadside assistance and trip-interruption coverage. The warranty is fully transferable.

Other Cars to Consider

2014 BMW X3 -- The X3 looks and performs like a baby X5. The powertrain lineup includes a fuel-efficient 240-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo and a 306-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter six, both hooked to an 8-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive, Assist eCall emergency communication and a panoramic sunroof are standard.

2014 Lexus RX 350 -- The strong-selling Lexus RX was the first of the car-based luxury crossover SUVs. It features an ample 270-hp 3.5-liter V6, but the smooth ride comes at the expense of handling precision. An F Sport model adds a stiffer suspension, paddle shifters and sporty 19-in wheels. The RX offers generous cabin and cargo space, and its fit, finish and materials are top-notch. It's available with front- or all-wheel drive, as well as a 295-hp gas-electric hybrid version dubbed the RX 450h. For 2014, it adds Siri Eyes Free voice control for iPhones.

Autotrader's Advice

If you're not an early adapter of new technology, the 2014 SRX's standard CUE user interface will take some getting used to. Aside from the glitchy performance of early-production examples, CUE relies on a smartphone-like touch panel that changes the way you operate the climate control and infotainment systems. Be prepared to spend some time figuring out how CUE works with the car in the driveway; don't try to do it while you're driving, as it requires too much eyes-off-the-road time. Aside from that, the Luxury trim is our preferred choice for a used 2014 SRX, as it offers smoother-riding 18-in tires, available navigation and rear-seat entertainment. Look for a CPO model if available and, if not, select a well-cared-for, low-mileage example. Always check with the dealer to make sure all applicable safety recalls have been performed.

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