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2013 Cadillac SRX Review Palm Springs

May 13, 2013

2013 Cadillac SRX

2013  Cadillac SRX

The 2013 Cadillac SRX luxury crossover introduces technology and design enhancements practically custom designed for the Coachella Valley and Southern California. Cadillac CUE (Cadillac User Experience) is standard on the 2013 SRX. It is the SRX’s new design and technical breakthrough for intuitive in-vehicle control and connectivity. CUE combines entertainment and information data from up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, USBs, SD cards and MP3 players with a vehicle infotainment system that reduces complexity through customized information, voice commands, fewer buttons and larger icons. The comprehensive, in-vehicle experience is designed to be
unique for each driver, from the “simple user” to the fully connected “super user.”

The heart of CUE is the vibrant, eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen, with proximity sensing and haptic feedback is seamlessly integrated in the top of the central instrument panel. It displays CUE’s home page, which resembles a smart phone’s screen, with large, easy-to-target icons that execute commands. Capacitive technology on the screen and faceplate enables consumers to use the same “swipe,” “pinch” or “spread” gestures common to most smartphones and tablets. A motorized faceplate for the system reveals a concealed storage area for smartphones or other mobile devices and includes an illuminated USB port.

New for 2013 are the SRX’s upper and lower grilles. They update Cadillac’s signature shield piece grille design with greater detail and depth, giving the SRX a richer appearance. Flanking the grille are Cadillac’s iconic vertical headlamps, with light pipe technology and available Adaptive Forward Lighting technology that turns the lamps in the direction of the front wheels.

Light pipes also provide a new glow to the front fender vents of the SRX, as well as the vertical tail lamps. The SRX has a wide stance, minimal overhangs and wheels pushed to corners to provide superior handling and cornering. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard on the Base and Luxury Collection, and 20-inch wheels are standard on Performance and Premium Collections.

Additional standard and available exterior features include high-intensity discharge headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting System standard on Performance and Premium Collections. Halogen headlamps with windshield wiper-activated Twilight Sentinel feature are standard on Base and Luxury Collections. Fog lamps are standard on Performance and Premium Collections, while a Power liftgate is standard on Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections. Heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors are standard on all models, with power-folding and driver-side auto dimming features standard on Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections. Rainsense automatic windshield wipers are standard on Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections, as well as chrome roof rails. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels are standard on the Base model, with twenty-inch aluminum wheels with bright machined finish and painted accents are standard on Performance and Premium Collections. New-design 20-inch chrome aluminum and polished aluminum wheels are also available on Performance and Premium Collections.

Exterior colors for the 2013 Cadillac SRX are Evolution Green Metallic, Glacier Blue Metallic, Silver Coast Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven Metallic, Black Ice Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Platinum Ice Tricoat and Gray Flannel.

The 2013 SRX is powered by a 3.6L direct-injected V-6, known by its “LFX” engine code, delivering an SAE-certified 308 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. Lightweight features help reduce overall weight for greater efficiency and a more favorable front-to-rear weight balance. Examples of these features include a composite intake manifold that saves approximately 5.5 pounds over the weight of a comparable aluminum intake and an integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design that saves approximately 13 pounds per engine.

Matched with the LFX engine is the Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission. An available all-wheel-drive system incorporates an electronic limited-slip rear differential, which improves traction in slippery road conditions and provides side-to-side torque transfer along the rear axle to enhance control during hard cornering.

The SRX has a four-wheel independent suspension system and a standard rack-and-pinion hydraulic steering system. This system offers a variable-effort, speed-sensitive steering system with tuning biased for sport sedan-style driving and strong on-center feel. StabiliTrak electronic stability control is standard and works in unison with the standard four-wheel-disc/four-channel-ABS braking system.

Ideal for day trips to Joshua Tree, or a night out in downtown Palm Springs, the 2013 Cadillac SRX luxury crossover is ready to take on Southern California.

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