One of the major criticisms of Cadillac’s latest models is its CUE infotainment system. Many have found the system to be a bit slow and difficult to use when driving, among other issues. So when the automaker developed their 2016 CT6 sedan, they were sure to give CUE a thorough revision.
CUE is sometimes slow to recognize inputs or commands on its touch screen and attempting to use the screen while also trying to keep your eyes on the road can be a bit tedious. To remedy this, Cadillac put a touchpad on the center console, allowing the driver to rest their arm on the console while using CUE rather than reaching out and touching the screen.
The touchpad also provides haptic feedback to the user, sending out a small vibration as they scroll through menu icons. There’s also a small ‘back’ button just aft of the touchpad (a real button, not a touch button) for returning to the main menu screen after launching an application like Pandora, for example.
Another improvement to CUE in the CT6 is the larger 10.2-inch capacitive touch screen. Cadillac says the screen will now react faster when scrolling the menus and will also recognize handwriting movements for searching addresses or points of interest. In the CT6, the heavily revised CUE system is also complimented by wireless phone charging and OnStar’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
We’re happy to report our initial impressions of the CT6’s new CUE system are quite good after briefly familiarizing ourselves with it on the floor of the New York Auto Show. The touchpad is fast and responsive, as are the menu actions, and it seems as though it would be much easier to use while the car is in motion. We’ll have to wait until the 2016 CT6 arrives later this year to provide you with the second GM Authority CUE review, though.