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2014 Cadillac SRX Preview

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Charles Renny
The design of the Cadillac SRX is edgy and gets your attention. Underneath the skin is a world-class vehicle. As a cCrossover Utility Vehicle the SRX is plush, comfortable, and fun to drive. Electronic
connectivity is easy and complete.

The edgy design may be bold, but it is a “love it or hate it” situation. The interior suffers the same fate; you either love it or don’t. In addition, fuel economy isn’t quite as good as is expected for a vehicle of this class.

Cadillac SRX
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The 2014 Cadillac SRX can be ordered in four different trim levels: Base, Luxury, Performance, or Premium. The Base model can be ordered in either front-wheel drive (which carries a sticker price of $40,285) or AllWheel Drive (at $50,085). On each, optional equipment can move the purchase price considerably higher.

Fuel Economy
Transport Canada’s EnerGuide rating for the front-wheel drive SRX is 12./8.3/10.7 while the AWD version is rated at 13.2/8.8/11.2 (city/highway/combined in L/100km)

Improvements and Changes
2014 sees the Cadillac SRX improve with a few minor changes with Intellibeam headlights included in the Driver Awareness Package. Eighteen-inch chrome wheels were added as a late introduction on the Luxury collection. Graphite Metal, Terra Mocha Metallic, and Sapphire Blue Metallic are the new colours that will grace the flanks of the SRX, while the new interior colour Caramel with Ebony accents will perk up the inside. Of note is noise cancellation that significantly lowers the interior noise level due to external sources.

Power comes from a DOHC, 32-valve, 3.6L V6 with continuously variable valve timing that produces 308 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic gets the power to the wheels. When ordered with AWD, a single gear ratio transfer case takes the power to the rear wheels unitl all four are needed.

Dual front, side-mounted side impact, and full-length side curtain airbags are standard. Traction control, stability control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Brake Assist are standard. Radar-based, distance control cruise control is standard. The LATCH system to anchor child seats is standard. Forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear vision with dynamic guidelines, and Safety Alert seat are optional. Side blind zone alert and cross traffic alert are available on select models. The SRX is designed to meet European pedestrian impact standards. OnStar™, a provider of connected safety, is standard for one year, then available for a yearly fee depending on the level of service desired.

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Charles Renny
Charles Renny
Automotive expert