2013 Cadillac SRX
Power: 308 hp, 265 lb-ft.
Engine: 3.6L SIDI DOHC V6 VVT
Fuel Consumption: 17 city/24 highway
Price Driven: $50,730

There's a quiet roar coming from the Michigan. While rabid gearheads follow Ralph Gilles' tweets about SRT developments and search for latest news of the all-new Corvette C7, practical buyers are navigating an increasingly crowded crossover market (the new catch-all car that mixes minivan, SUV, and wagon). Distinctions are made in amenity, and defining luxury is the key to unlocking buyers hearts. 

Here's where Detroit whispers in consumers ears, giving traditions of smooth comfort new form. Cadillac's more-than-capable entry to the crossover segment is the SRX. Far more manageable than the now iconic Escalade, the SRX debuted in 2009, slimmed down from three rows to two in 2010, and hit 2013 with new tech and a refreshed grille. 

If the new Buick Encore is built for a) entry level luxury and b) aging gracefully, the SRX exists for hitting full adult stride. These are the reasons why...