We’ve received quite a few letters asking what the little “Mode” button on the center console of the Cadillac ATS, CTS, and several other Cadillac models is all about. So, this is for all of you who were wondering.
Called Driver Mode Control, the “MODE” button attempts to add a sportier feel, provide a more comfortable ride, or assist in different weather conditions or terrain.
Changing the modes of the vehicle simultaneously changes the software calibration of its various sub-systems. Depending on the option package, available features, and mode selected, the suspension, steering, and powertrain will change calibrations to achieve the desired mode characteristics. And if the vehicle is equipped with MagneRide/Magnetic Ride Control, selecting the various Driver Modes also adjusts the ride of the vehicle to enhance the ride performance for the road conditions and the selected mode.
The Driver Mode Control has three modes:
Pressing the “MODE” button on the center console makes a mode selection. The first press of the button will show the current mode. Subsequent presses will scroll though the available modes.
The Tour and Sport modes will feel similar on a smooth road. The differences between both modes are most felt during relaxed vs. more performance-oriented driving conditions.
The default driver mode, use for normal city and highway driving to provide a smooth, soft ride. When selected, the Driver Information Center (DIC) will not show a driver mode setting.
Use where road conditions or personal preference demand a more controlled response. When selected, the Sport mode indicator will display in the Driver Information Center (DIC). When in Sport mode, the vehicle will shift automatically but hold a lower gear longer than it would in the normal driving mode based on braking, throttle input, and vehicle lateral acceleration. The steering will change to provide more precise control. If the vehicle has MagneRide/Magnetic Ride Control, the suspension will change to provide better cornering performance.
Use when more traction is needed during slippery conditions. The transmission will use 2 (Second) gear instead of 1 (First) gear when accelerating from a stop. The vehicle will upshift normally when the vehicle is moving. When selected, the Snow/Ice mode indicator will display in the DIC. This feature is not intended for use when the vehicle is stuck in sand, mud, ice, snow or gravel and is only available vehicles with automatic transmissions.
- The above behavior applies specifically to the first-generation Cadillac ATS and third-generation CTS
- The above behavior also applies to the first-generation Cadillac ATS-V and third-generation Cadillac CTS-V, but those models will also have a Track mode among their settings
- Other Cadillac models, such as the XTS and SRX, have similar settings but are not exactly the same as the ones described above