Cadillac took a big risk with the introduction of the original CUE system. An early infotainment design that disregarded buttons and knobs for haptic touch controls didn’t go over well with customers, and did little to attract buyers outside of the fold when they researched the system. The new infotainment layout found in the Cadillac CT5-V, as well as the base CT5, CT4, XT4 and XT6, is certainly much easier to use than the original CUE system.
The CT5-V incorporates GM’s new Global B electrical architecture, which is five times more powerful than the system it replaces. Its full potential is not realized in the CT5-V just yet, however. Screen resolutions, displays and infotainment software seem to be carryover from what can be found in older designs. But we can only imagine that this will change shortly. Unfortunately, it will do little to increase the appeal of the camera mirror system. No matter how crisp the images are, the system strains the eyes, plain and simple.
This CT5-V also came with a “Parking Package.” This $2,090 option adds the rear camera mirror, automated parking assist with braking, rear pedestrian alert, HD surround view camera system, surround vision recorder, power folding heated mirrors, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and hands-free controls for the rear trunk. But you shouldn’t need any of these things. Pay attention, and save yourself some money.