Used 2016 Cadillac SRX

2016 Cadillac SRX
MSRP Range
$37,605 - $51,730

Pros & Cons

  • Abundant luxury and safety features
  • balanced ride and handling
  • classy cabin design.
  • Limited backseat headroom
  • CUE infotainment interface can be slow to respond and frustrating to use
  • compromised outward visibility
  • lackluster fuel economy.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Cadillac's 2016 SRX is a respectable choice in the entry-level luxury crossover SUV segment, but some rivals will likely prove to be more desirable overall.

Vehicle overview

Since 2010, the current-generation Cadillac SRX has been the brand's offering for the entry-level luxury crossover SUV market. It's done well and has actually been the best-selling model in Caddy's entire lineup. But the competition hasn't been sitting still, and compared to some fresher rivals, the 2016 SRX is getting a bit long in the tooth.

The 2016 Cadillac SRX is a handsome luxury crossover SUV that seats five.

To its credit, the SRX is boldly styled and loaded with technology and luxury features, including standard 4G WiFi capability and an available "safety alert" seat that vibrates on the appropriate side when the SRX's multitude of safety monitors identify a threat coming at you from the right or left. The SRX also handles well while providing a comfortable ride, and for those who may bemoan the ongoing downsizing of the gasoline engine, the SRX is one of the few in its class that still comes standard with a V6.

On the downside, though, the SRX's interior is on the small side, with less rear headroom than you might expect. Outward visibility is a bit compromised as well, especially when backing up. The most significant fault for many potential buyers, though, is that the 2016 SRX retains the standard and somewhat sluggish CUE (Cadillac User Experience) electronics interface, while some other 2016 Cadillacs are getting an upgraded version with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for in-car smartphone integration.

Taking a 2016 Cadillac SRX for a test-drive still is a good idea if you are shopping in the small luxury crossover segment. But we also recommend looking at the 2016 Acura RDX, which also has a standard V6 but is roomier and a better value. The 2016 Volvo XC60 is a stylish, family-friendly choice as well, with a selection of powerful and fuel-efficient engines available. The Audi Q5 and BMW X3 are two other popular competitors here, offering athletic handling, classy interiors and available diesel engines. Overall, the SRX is likable enough, but we think these rival crossovers will likely prove to be more desirable overall.

Cadillac SRX models

The 2016 Cadillac SRX is a compact luxury crossover SUV available in four trim levels: Base, Luxury, Performance and Premium.

The base model comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, a 60/40 split-folding and reclining rear seat, cruise control and a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The CUE electronics interface with an 8-inch display is also standard, as are OnStar, in-car WiFi (4G LTE), Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and an eight-speaker Bose sound system with a CD player, satellite and HD radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.

The Luxury trim adds keyless ignition and entry, a blind-spot warning system, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding mirrors (driver-side auto-dimming), a rear cross-traffic alert system, a rearview camera, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof and a power liftgate with adjustable opening height. Inside there's leather upholstery, adjustable thigh support for the driver seat, an eight-way power passenger seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, driver memory functions, power-adjustable pedals, an enhanced climate control system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, accent lighting, a cargo cover and a cargo management system. A voice-activated navigation system and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system are optional.

Those options come standard on the Performance trim, which also adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, adaptive dampers (all-wheel drive only), variable-effort power steering, adaptive xenon headlights and foglights.

There are four available trim levels for the 2016 SRX. For value, our pick is the SRX's Luxury trim.

The top-of-the-line SRX Premium adds tri-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and rear-seat audio controls, along with a Driver Awareness package, which includes forward-collision and lane departure warning systems, automatic high beams and a safety alert driver seat.

Optional on the Luxury, Performance and Premium trim levels is the Driver Assist package, which incorporates adaptive cruise control, automatic collision preparation and automatic braking (when your SRX identifies a potential low-speed collision situation). The Driver Awareness package is an option on the Luxury and Performance trims. A Towing package and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual seatback-mounted screens are available on all but the base model.

2016 Highlights

The 2016 Cadillac SRX is a carryover from the 2015 model, with no changes.

Performance & mpg

Every 2016 Cadillac SRX model is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that generates 308 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for all trim levels other than Base. In Edmunds testing, 0-60-mph acceleration for a front-wheel-drive SRX was 7.0 seconds, an average time for compact luxury crossovers.

The SRX's fuel economy ratings are below average, with an EPA-estimated 19 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway) for front-drive models and 18 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway) with AWD. Properly equipped, the SRX can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Safety

The 2016 Cadillac SRX comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. The OnStar system includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation. Front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts are included starting on the Luxury trim level.

The optional Driver Awareness package (standard on the SRX Premium) adds forward collision alert, lane departure warning and the safety alert driver seat. The latter vibrates on the left or right side of the seat bottom, based on the direction from which a potential hazard looms. The optional Driver Assist package features automatic collision preparation and braking, in reverse as well as when going forward.

In Edmunds brake testing, a front-drive SRX Performance came to a stop from 60 mph in 120 feet, which is a good number in this class.

In government crash tests, the SRX received five (out of five) stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for total frontal impact protection and five stars for total side-impact protection. In crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the SRX received the top rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset impact test, as well as a "Good" score for the side-impact, roof-strength and seat/head restraint (whiplash protection) tests. The IIHS also rated the SRX's optional frontal collision warning and mitigation systems collectively as "Superior."

Driving

The 3.6-liter V6 moves the 2016 Cadillac SRX with assurance in most situations, though acceleration is better described as satisfying rather than exhilarating. The six-speed automatic transmission changes gears in a smooth, unobtrusive manner. Occasionally, it's a little slow to downshift during highway passing maneuvers, however.

You're likely to be surprised by the crispness of the SRX's handling, coupled with this crossover SUV's comfortable ride. If you regularly seek out back roads, we'd recommend an all-wheel-drive Performance or Premium version, as they feature quicker, sportier steering and an adaptive suspension that together give it an extra measure of capability around turns.

Interior

The SRX's interior trim has a high-quality look and feel, and everything is nicely put together for the most part. We wish some of the wood accents didn't look quite so polished, but the overall impression is an excellent blend of technology-meets-luxury.

The SRX has a classy cabin with loads of luxury touches, but its central CUE infotainment interface can be hard to use.

One of the centerpieces of the SRX's interior is the CUE infotainment interface. While we find it visually pleasing, operating the system can be a source of frustration. Reactions to inputs via the touchscreen or physical buttons can be slow or sometimes missed altogether. Also, the slide-bar volume adjustment is far more difficult to use than a conventional knob. Perhaps worst of all, the screen's menu structure is unintuitive. In general, we prefer most other electronics interfaces in this segment.

The Cadillac SRX offers ample room for four adults, although rear headroom is snug, especially in models with the panoramic sunroof. Cargo room is average for the class: 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 61 cubic feet with both sections of the 60/40-split rear seatbacks folded down.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2016 Cadillac SRX.

5 star reviews: 54%
4 star reviews: 13%
3 star reviews: 13%
2 star reviews: 4%
1 star reviews: 16%
Average user rating: 3.9 stars based on 22 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

1 out of 5 stars, Broke down mountain
Bob Reinherz,
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Within 2 days of lease, after having driven 517 miles, the vehicle suffered a severe internal transmission failure. The transmission was rebuilt and failed a second time. We told both the dealership and G.M., we did not want the car back. They refused a buyback!

4 out of 5 stars, Luxury automobile
Thomas Mulligan,
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

I've owned this 2016 Cadillac SRX for one week and it's stopped running while my wife was 150 miles away from home. I spent upwards of 40k for a car that malfunctioned with less than 300 miles on it. I don't know what the dealership (Barton Birks Chevrolet in Newburgh NY ) did to prep this car for delivery but obviously something got missed? This is not the outcome I expected after trading in a Honda CRV that never needed anything other than oil changes and tires. The dealership where the car was towed advised that the code read "throttle body assembly". This car just came out of the factory!!! I bought a new car so I could trust that when my family was away from home that the car we bought would keep them safe. Perhaps this is why they push the extended warranty at purchase. Update: 5000 miles, no problems since last mishap. Dealer extended warranty. Happy.

5 out of 5 stars, Nothing out there compares to a Caddy
P.P,
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Unbelievable the reliability, and the comfort is what you would expect from a cadillac...like riding high in a truck, can pull like a truck, and load and haul like a truck..buts the ride is all cadillac!! Love all the safety features..the interface within the computer system "HUE" many have complained about it not being user friendly and sometimes awkward,,,just another device you soon learn to use and how it works for you..after that its a champ!! Love everything about the SRX! comparing to new XT5 hands down like the looks of the SRX better inside and out...the only thing I say the new XT5 improved with is the rear window wiper being hidden under the spoiler...which I am sure if it bothers me enough I could get one for my 2016 SRX. I fell in love with my 2016 within the first 20miles I drove it! It was like AHHH finally I am home... I come up with reasons to drive...LOVE IT LOVE IT!!

5 out of 5 stars, Cadillac SRX 2016, Thoughts
JTM,
Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

PROS: Engine, Handling, Front Passenger/Driver Room, Technology, Road Holding, and Ride Comfort. CONS: Fuel Economy, Curb Weight, Rear Passenger Room, Visibility, Noise (from Panoramic Window). 2016 Cadillac SRX was heavily discounted during the month of August 2016 and I decided to purchase one. Here are my thoughts after the first 500 miles. The car is pretty nimble for an SUV, actually 0 to 60 in about 7.5 seconds. Brakes feel very spongy, therefore, one needs to press the brake pedal harder than normal for the car to stop. I presume, the car is still "breaking in" so I will monitor the braking issue and update after 3000 miles or so. The huge panoramic window is great, however, at highway speeds, it does get noisy. Have the Cadillac dealer adjust the windows to reduce the noise. Fuel economy is poor (so far). Again, I was told the engine needs to break in for max fuel efficiency. The transmission "jerks" between 1st and 2nd gear, however, this is normal. This SUV tries to balance the "sporty" aspect and the "family hauler" aspect so it does handle "sportier" when you push the vehicle. Moreover, this is ideal for a family of 4 to get around as well. If you have a larger family, Cadillac is working on another SUV between SRX/XT5 and Escalade. It is slated to be released around 2018. The SRX does have great warranty (4yr, 50K (basic) and 6 yr, 70K mi (powertrain)). Also, the first 4 years of maintenance are included with a new vehicle (oil changes, etc). The tires are Michelin Latitude and they ride pretty well. The ride comfort, in general terms, is excellent and the suspension soaks road bumps/imperfections pretty well. I have not had a chance to ride in the snow yet. I will update with the snow performance at a later time. The CUE system is mediocre and some folks may find the small lag time in response from the system frustrating. If on highway, use care when operating CUE as you may need to take your eyes off the road to adjust settings on the CUE system. Music/Entertainment options include: CD, MP3/HDD, XM, Radio. My unit did come with the Navigation/Bose 10 speaker set up. I did not have the Driver Assistance Package so cannot comment​ on it. Reliability: one has to keep in mind that the SRX is at the end of its life, therefore, unlike the XT5, one is buying a proven car which has most of its "kinks" worked out. For example, in 2010, GM decided to use the 2.8 Turbo and the 3.0L V6 on the SRX. The Turbo did not sell well and there was reports of engine trouble since people were using "regular" gas to power the Turbo engine (which is a big no-no in the automotive industry, NEVER use Regular gas in a Turbo engine, no matter what the manual says). The 3.0 V6 was underpowered to move the heavy SRX and was also discontinued. Then GM decided to use their corporate 3.6L V6 and that was the best match for a heavy SUV such as the SRX. Hence, you are getting a proven vehicle in the SRX. The XT5 is on its first year in 2017 and I, for one, do not feel comfortable being the guinea pig for GM's new vehicle line, especially, when I am shelling out 40K + on a new XT5. The SRX seems like a solid choice in the Cadillac lineup as far as reliability is concerned. Now, there are sensors everywhere on this vehicle. So, expect some kind of sensor failure at some point during ownership, however, the engine/transmission combo is a "proven" for this vehicle. By the way, use "regular" gas for the 3.6L V6 engine. Cadillac has been trying hard to "remake" their image. They have moved their HQ from Detroit to New York and has taken on the "Dare Greatly" motto in an effort to set themselves apart from the rest of GM's vehicle lineup. With this in mind, I found the dealership experience to be very pleasant. All I had to do was show up and agree on a price. The sales team did the rest of the work including, calling my insurance to transfer the policy from my trade-in vehicle to the SRX. They did a lot of "leg work" to have me out of the showroom in about 1 to 2 hours. They did offer food and beverages for the Cadillac customers and was very polite and pleasant to deal with. Currently, the Lexus leads the pack in dealership experience, but Cadillac is not too far behind.

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Features & Specs

Luxury 4dr SUV features & specs
Luxury 4dr SUV
3.6L 6cyl 6A
MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
308 hp @ 6800 rpm

Standard 4dr SUV features & specs
Standard 4dr SUV
3.6L 6cyl 6A
MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
308 hp @ 6800 rpm

Luxury 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD
3.6L 6cyl 6A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
308 hp @ 6800 rpm

Performance 4dr SUV features & specs
Performance 4dr SUV
3.6L 6cyl 6A
MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
308 hp @ 6800 rpm

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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover16.4%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

FAQ
Is the Cadillac SRX a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2016 SRX both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2016 SRX gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 22 reviews) You probably care about Cadillac SRX fuel economy, so it's important to know that the SRX gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg to 19 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the SRX has 29.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Cadillac SRX. Learn more
Is the Cadillac SRX reliable?
To determine whether the Cadillac SRX is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the SRX. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the SRX's 4-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2016 Cadillac SRX a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2016 Cadillac SRX is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2016 SRX gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 22 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2016 SRX is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2016 Cadillac SRX?

The least-expensive 2016 Cadillac SRX is the 2016 Cadillac SRX Standard 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $37,605.

Other versions include:

  • Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $43,640
  • Standard 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $37,605
  • Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $46,135
  • Performance 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $46,030
  • Performance 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $48,840
  • Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $48,920
  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $51,730
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What are the different models of Cadillac SRX?
If you're interested in the Cadillac SRX, the next question is, which SRX model is right for you? SRX variants include Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Standard 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), and Performance 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A). For a full list of SRX models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2016 Cadillac SRX

Used 2016 Cadillac SRX Overview

The Used 2016 Cadillac SRX is offered in the following submodels: SRX SUV. Available styles include Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Standard 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Performance 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Performance 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), and Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2016 Cadillac SRX?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2016 Cadillac SRX and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2016 SRX 3.9 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2016 SRX.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Our Review Process

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