The five-seat 2013 SRX comes in base, Luxury Collection, Performance Collection and Premium Collection trim levels. See them all here. The base has front-wheel drive, while the others offer a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. I drove the top-of-the-line all-wheel-drive SRX Premium.
If you're in the market for a small luxury crossover, you may also want to look at the Lexus RX, the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3.
The SRX's exterior styling was a bit of a mixed bag for my family. While I tend to prefer sleeker, smoother-looking cars, at least the sharp angles of the SRX stand out and look unique on the road. I appreciate driving a vehicle that looks like something, rather than a beige, bland blob on wheels.
My husband, however, mused that while Cadillac's distinctive sharp lines look modern today, they may start to date its vehicles in a few years' time. Style is obviously subjective, so you'll have to decide for yourself.
The SRX's low step-in height made it quite easy for all three of my daughters (ages 8, 10 and 12) to clamber in and out of the car without the grave risk of tumbling out in front of their buddies in the carpool lane or tearing their super-cool new tie-dyed tights.
While the SRX has definitely focused on safety, drivability and edgy angular design, it also includes many practical family-friendly features, along with a couple of blatant oversights.
There are two-tier, in-door storage bins in all four doors, providing plenty of space to store family "junk." There are also netted pockets on the backs of both the driver and passenger seats, and a fold-down center armrest in the backseat that includes cupholders and a covered storage bin to keep the kids organized.
The armrest storage bin is sized perfectly to stash two sets of the SRX's wireless headphones and gaming-inspired remote control, both of which have been newly redesigned. They come with the optional entertainment system and Blu-ray player. My kids instantly gravitated toward the "super cool" remote that was easy to hold and operate. They were quickly able to navigate their way through the system — without help from me — while remaining securely buckled.
Our family also really enjoyed the large available panoramic glass roof, which allowed us to enjoy some "virtual" top-down motoring in the winter and some stargazing at night.
The SRX features 36.3 inches of backseat legroom, just slightly less than the Lexus RX and the BMW X3, both of which have 36.8 inches of legroom. The Audi Q5 has 37.4 inches. While sliding rear seats aren't common in this category (oddly enough, they're more common in lower-cost crossovers like the Chevrolet Equinox), Cadillac should have taken the initiative to put them in. I kept reaching down to try to slide the seats back and give the kids some much-needed legroom.