2016 Cadillac SRX

The Cadillac SRX has been defined in some quarters as the only
Cadillac model which is biased more towards interior space and
versatility as opposed to performance. Before its debut, there
were rumors of its discontinuation or rather name change.

However, the Cadillac’s entry level compact crossover-SUV comes
with just slight changes from the predecessor model. The model
which is  in its 4th generation still remains
at the top of its class in the safety department still earning
5-star ratings from the federal government and a good rating
from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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2016 Cadillac SRX Exterior

The exterior of the new 2016 Cadillac SRX especially the
front fascia is easily recognizable as a Cadillac even though
it doesn’t have the long-nose and rear proportions we are
familiar with from the Cadillac sedans.

It sports a bold, chromed grille which is flanked by the
automaker’s vertically stacked headlamps and LED DRLs. The
vehicle’s front and rear overhangs are relatively short
resulting in a powerful looking shape which does not imitate
other overt SUV design cues.

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The vehicle has a powerful character line that starts at the
trailing edge of the front wheels wells and stretches all the
way to the taillight lens. The taillights are extended and look
like vestigial tailfins. This helps improve its aerodynamics.
The vehicle also features an integrated spoiler on the edge of
the roof which adds to its aerodynamics. It also features
tinted and laminated front glass windows, front intermittent
wipers as well as body-colored heated and power-adjustable side
mirrors. The base trim rides on 18-inch wheels wrapped in all
season tires.

The Luxury trim adds chrome roof rails, power lift-gate,
rain-sense wipers, a heated, power adjustable and power folding
side mirrors with driver’s side auto dimming side mirror. The
vehicle runs on bright machined, 7-spoke 18-inch aluminum
wheels. Going higher to the Performance trim, you will find
front fog lights, HID headlights as well as 7-spoke 20-inch
aluminum wheels with a bright machined finish. The
top-of-the-range Premium trim features IntelliBeam headlights
in addition to Performance trim specs.

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2016 Cadillac SRX Interior

The interior of the 2016 Cadillac SRX offers a roomier cabin
which comfortably accommodates four adult passengers. The cargo
space is not bad at 30 cubic feet when the seats are up and 61
cubic feet when they are folded down. The seats have a 60/40
split-folding capability. The compact luxury crossover is
offered in 4 trim levels, they are; the Base, Luxury,
Performance and the top Premium trims.

The base trim features leatherette upholstery. The vehicle also
features a tilt-and telescoping steering wheel wrapped in
leather, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat and a
dual-zone climate control system. The crossover also features
the CUE electronics interface with a standard 8.0-inch display.
4G LTE Wi-Fi, OnStar radio, Bluetooth phone, an 8-speaker Bose
audio system with satellite and HD radio, a CD player, an
Auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.

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Going up, the Luxury trim features leather upholstery, a
driver’s seat with thigh support, a 8-way power adjustable
front passenger seat, heated steering wheel and heated front
seats, a driver memory function and  keyless entry and
ignition. The trim also adds accent lighting, a cargo cover, a
cargo management system, a power-adjustable pedals and a
panoramic sunroof.

A 10-speaker Bose surround-audio system and voice activated
navigation system are optional. For safety, the trim adds a
blind-spot warning system, a rear cross-traffic alert system
and front and rear parking sensors.

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The two options are offered as standard in the Performance
trim. This trim also adds adaptive dampers on the AWD models
only, a sport-tuned suspension and variable-effort power
steering. The top Premium trim adds heating to the rear seats
and ventilation to the front seats as well as rear-seat audio
system controls. It also comes with a Driver Awareness package
which features lane departure warning, forward-collision
warning, a safety alert driver’s seat and automatic high beams.
This package is also optional for the Luxury and performance
trims.

A driver assist package is optional to all but the base trim.
It packs automatic collision mitigation, automatic braking and
adaptive cruise control. There is also a Towing package and a
rear-seat entertainment system which features two
seatback-mounted screens on all trims except the base.

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Engine Specs and Performance

Under the hood, the Cadillac SRX will feature a 3.6 L
direct-injected V-6 which pumps out 308 hp at 6800 rpm and 265
lb-ft of torque at 2400 rpm. These numbers place the SRX among
the best in the class. The engine is mated to a 6-speed
automatic transmission system that sends power to the rear
wheels in standard format. The engine powers the vehicle to run
from 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds.

Buyers will also have an option for AWD. A well equipped AWD
can tow as much as 3,500 lbs. What’s more, Cadillac offers a 6
year or 70,000 miles warranty for the power-train. The
automaker also offers the vehicle with a standard Premium care
maintenance program that covers various services like oil
change for 4 years or 50,000 miles. In terms of fuel economy,
models with FWD are EPA rated at 17 mpg city and 24 mpg on
highway while models with AWD are rated at 16 mpg city and 23
mpg on highway drives.

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Price and release date

The base 2016 Cadillac SRX carries an MSRP of $ 38,600. A well
loaded SRX on the other hand will set you back $ 50,000 or
more.

Competition

The new SRX will have to contend with the likes of
Lincoln MKX, Lexus RX, and
BMW
X5 whose base models cost a little more. Also, the SRX
will compete with the Audi
Q5, Acura
RDX and Volvo XC60 which cost slightly less.

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