Cadillac's latest CUE system takes two steps forward
Welcome to our deep dive of the Q infotainment system in the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V.
Now this system gotten a little bit of a bad rap in the past.
It's improved for this year.
But there are still a few things that I really don't like.
And the first is down here on the climate controls Now these buttons all have haptic feedback, but there doesn't seem to be any kind of a uniform pressure that I need to activate the button.
So sometimes I'm just barely glancing at it, and other times I feel like I'm having to stab at it.
I just really want regular buttons.
Just give me regular buttons, Cadillac.
It's really not that hard.
Now, fortunately things get better up top with the 8 inch touch screen.
Things are really really fast.
There's a lot of great input.
So for example on this stereo, I can select in my categories for Sirius XM.
I can do a tune select so basically, look I have I've scheduled alerts for Under The Milky Way and any song by Kim Wilde.
So, it will let me know when any of those songs come up through any of Sirius XM.
There's a lot of different ways that you can customize your radio settings.
When it comes to the phone, it's pretty self-explanatory.
It was really easy to pair my phone here.
There's not a lot different with this from any other system, so let's move on a little bit to projection.
The system has got Apple Car Play and Android Auto standard.
So all I need to do is plug in my phone and this projection here will change to Apple Car Play, yay.
I need phone, go ahead and press that.
And voila, I have my entire phone right there at my fingertips.
And obviously, I do not check my messages.
So leave a message, I won't check it So we can go back in the navigation system.
One thing that I really like about Navigation is that when I search for a point of interest, I don't need to have the actual address.
So if I want to have ice cream, just go ahead and search for ice cream, and check it out.
All the places that I can get ice cream including a place called Fat Chance.
I'm totally going there after this shoot guys This is awesome.
Now when we move on to settings this is where you can pretty much control your entire car.
I've got my time and date.
A rear seat reminder so it will let you know, hey you've got something in the back seat don't leave the car without checking your back seat.
Now for driving mode, I've got to turn on the car.
So, doesn't that sound good?
It sounds really good.
So driving mode for this car I've got Different options for my engine sound management, you should just leave it on track; it sounds the best.
Also for my steering I can have auto, tour, sport, or track, as well as in the suspension.
So this is a great way to customize the feel of the Cadillac.
Its also got a real time weather app, so look at that.
Here in Livermore it's going to be 57 degrees today.
Yeah Barely warm enough.
Now this is a CTS-V.
I hope you're gonna take it to the track and when you get there you've got a performance data recorder to help you out.
You can define your finish line so you know exactly where your lap begins and ends.
And you can also choose a video overlay, so Sport, Track, or Performance Timing.
So earlier I went on a little drive and check it out.
I've got everything I need there.
I've got Gforces, my RPNs, my steering angles, everything that I need to make sure that next time, I'm going to get a faster lap.
There's a few other things in here like text messaging, on store and real-time traffic alert but I really want to talk about this collection Because, I just, I'm having a hard time figuring out how useful it really is.
It only offers me three apps, that I can then upload to the system.
One of them is an AtYourService, which, kinda, tells you all the diagnostics of your car, there's Glympse, which tells other people where you, which is not really my bag And then a Weather Channel app but I already have real-time weather in the system already.
So I'm just not sure how useful this is, and I wish that Cadillac would kind of build this out so that I can have more options to choose from.
You've got various ways to customize your vehicle.
So your climate and air quality, collision detection systems, alert types.
So this car will either vibrate your seat or it will just give you a series of...
Beeps when it thinks you're doing something wrong.
I personally like the vibrating seats, so I am gonna keep it there.
There's also a rear cross traffic alert and lane change alert that you can turn on or off.
Comfort and convenience, again, anything.
You can have your Easy Exit Options so that the seat will move back and the steering wheel will move up so you can get out easily.
And, finally, one of the coolest things about the Cue System is you got a little hidden cubby hole, yeah.
Actually it's a wireless charging pad, but you can hide some stuff in there from your passengers if you know what I mean.
Hey if you haven't seen it we've got a full review of the 2017 Cadillac CTSV.
It's pretty awesome if I do say so myself.
And thanks for tuning in on this deep dive of the Q Infotainment system.