This article is part of the GM Authority Mailbag series, where the GM Authority Crew features and replies to your questions, comments, and observations.
The following comes to us from Mark A.
I love my 2013 Cadillac ATS Sedan (Premium 3.6L). I love how it look and how drives, I like the interior and I get goose bumps when I see those door handles light up at night. But there’s one thing that I totally detest about the car and it drives me up the wall each and every day I drive it. It’s something so simple that it angers me just to think about it.
I’m talking about the rear view mirror on the passenger side of the car. It does not auto-dim for some mysterious reason. The driver’s side mirror and the inside rear-view mirror auto dim at night… so why doesn’t the one on the passenger side?
So when I’m driving at night, the light from the car behind me blinds me into oblivion, with its headlights bouncing from the mirror right into my eyes.
The sad part is that both of the mirrors on my Lexus IS350 and Infiniti G35 were auto-dimming. Hell, auto-dimming rear view mirrors are standard fare on the Chevy Malibu. Why on earth did Cadillac skimp on something so simple and so mundane? Does it really cost too much to have both mirrors auto-dim? Is it really worth it to economize on something that impacts the experience so negatively?
What makes this that much worse is that it’s not even an option on the car (mine is fully loaded)… and it’s not an accessory either. I mean, Cadillac is supposed to be a luxury brand and the ATS is a luxury car. Then, isn’t luxury about convenience and comfort? This is one area where the car totally fails and makes me put Cadillac’s “The New Standard of the World” slogan into question.
Cadillac better offer the auto-dimming passenger-side glass as an accessory, and do it soon… or I’ll be selling my ATS (as much as I would hate to do it) on eBay and getting a BMW 335i, Audi S4, or that new C400. All of those have auto-dimming mirrors.
Regards from New York,
We couldn’t agree any more with you, Mark.
This is one of those head-scratching decisions that seems a no-brainer to us. And it’s such a shame, because the ATS is a total gem to drive. And for a luxury car, this is one of those features that should be standard across the entire vehicle range, no matter the trim level or options package. But it’s just not there on the ATS, period: not on the Standard, Luxury, Performance, or Premium trim levels. And it’s not an option, either.
So here’s to hoping that someone at GM/Cadillac is listening and not only fixes this for the 2015/2016 ATS, but also offers an auto-dimming passenger side mirror as an accessory for existing owners like yourself.
Existing ATS owners: what do you think of this omission? Sound off in the comments below.