Whatever Happened to the Cadillac SRX?
The Cadillac SRX had a good run. It was the go-to vehicle for Cadillac aficionados who wanted the comfort of an SUV and a smaller, sportier profile. While you may not be able to get your hands on fresh-from-the-factory models anymore, there are still SRXs from past years roaming the open road. Whether you're looking to purchase a 2008 Cadillac SRX or want to reminisce about the glory days, there's a lot to love about this iconic model. Here are 10 cool SRX facts.
The SRX Launched in 2004
Patterned after the Cadillac CTS but designed with a crossover destiny, the first SRX rolled off the assembly line in 2004. It featured two engine options: a 225-horsepower V6 and a 320-horsepower V8.
The First SRXs Lost Points for Style
Even though the SRX always scored highly for performance, handling and comfort, Cadillac SRX 2004 models had one main flaw: They didn't look as sporty as drivers expected. This changed after a redesign in 2010.
2015 Models Scored Five Stars for Safety
In 2015, the SRX received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Five stars is the top score for NHTSA ratings.
Cadillac Offered an Optional Collision Warning System
The 2015 SRX placed significant attention on driver and passenger safety. In addition to six standard cabin airbags, buyers could opt for an adaptive all-wheel drive system for increased traction and a collision warning system with a front camera.
The SUV Hybrid Originally Had a Third Row
First-generation SRXs offered the option for a third row to seat up to seven people. This was removed in 2010 to create a more streamlined appearance.
Newer SRXs Have an Under-the-Floor Storage Bin
In addition to a spacious rear area, second-generation SRXs offer a hidden waterproof compartment near the rear door. This feature is perfect for stowing wet gear or keeping drinks on ice in warm weather.
Gas Mileage Isn't the SRX's Strong Suit
With a rating of 17 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway, the SRX falls short of more fuel-efficient sedans. However, the crossover SUV provides a good balance of power and seating capacity. It may not be optimal for a daily commute, but it can hold its own on vacation.
The CUE Infotainment System Comes Standard
The Cadillac User Experience includes an eight-inch LCD touch screen and a number of interfaces that work with Bluetooth devices, MP3 players and USB drives. CUE is standard in all 2014 models and beyond.
The Cadillac SRX Wasn't Discontinued — Just Replaced
While 2016 was the last year for SRXs, this wasn't due to poor customer feedback or financial projections. Instead, Cadillac wanted to launch a new model, the XT5, that combines aspects of both the SRX and Escalade.
You Can Always Seat Five
While the launch of second-generation SRXs — from 2010 to 2016 — meant a smaller design, all model years can seat at least five passengers comfortably. The SRXs significant roof height contributes to an especially spacious feel.