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The high-res center screen, part of Cadillac’s often-maddening CUE system, has a fast processor to quickly read out the data and navigation/entertainment selections.
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Both the CTS Standard and Luxury trim levels' CUE systems are upgradable to include navigation and two more speakers for the Bose sound system.
The Vsport comes standard with Magnetic Ride Control (MRC), which is now optional on the base CT
Unfortunately, I don't think I will ever warm up to CUE, even if I learn how to use it properly (during one of my tirades, a GM engineer pointed out that the silver buttons on the face are guides - a finger is supposed to go on the black space above it to work the control).
It was slow to load my iPod and respond to searches on there.
Cadillac has positioned the new 2014 CTS sedan as more of a direct competitor to the mid-size German luxury sedans, and it's equipping the four-door with features that outpoint most of that transatlantic crowd. The new CTS will start from $46,025 including the $925 destination fee; the 420-horsepower, twin-turbo V-6 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport will start from $59,995.
By way of comparison, the CTS' $46,025 base price is $1,800 lower than the 2013 5-Series Sedan's; $5,875 lower than the 2013 E-Class Sedan's; and $3,825 more than the 2013 A6 Sedan's starting price.
All CTS sedans will be sold in one of three trim levels--Luxury, Performance, and Premium--and each one will come with standard automatic climate control; AM/FM/XM/CD audio; Bluetooth with audio streaming; and power windows, locks, and mirrors.
At the center of the CTS' infotainment system will be the most recent version of CUE, the touchscreen-enabled infotainment system that uses haptic feedback and proximity sensors to help users cruise through its menus and functionality. It's a dazzling-looking system with some of the usual downfalls common to MyLincoln Touch and other touchscreen and voice-activated systems: it looks quite dramatic but voice recognition can be spotty, and it can be cumbersome to swipe and tap through functions that formerly lived in a single button. CUE's beautiful 8.0-inch center screen is paired with a smaller screen inset between the gauges; on some CTS sedans, the entire gauge display is swapped out for a 12.3-inch screen that morphs its look as it cycles through driving modes, from comfort to sport.
A navigation system that integrates with CUE is an option on base CTS sedans. Other key features include a head-up display; parking assist, which steers the car into parallel spots while the driver keeps a foot on the pedals; ambient LED lighting; Bose Centerpoint audio; heated and ventilated front seats with up to 20-way adjustment; remote start; and a cupholder with a power-operated cover. Forget what the GPS says--that's the signal you've arrived.
Read our most recent full review on the carry-over Cadillac CTS Coupe, Wagon, and CTS-V
The 2014 CTS is loaded with true luxury-car features -- and an interface that's cutting-edge, for better or worse.