2013 Cadillac ATS Long Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Bring Knobs Back

2013 Cadillac ATS

Seriously, what's so bad about knobs? Our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS' touch-sensitive center stack is unnecessarily fussy. You touch, it may or may not respond. When it does decide to acknowledge your touch, there's an associated muted 'thunk' that elicits from somewhere deep in the dashboard.

The thunk is supposed to provide some kind of tactile feedback to your touch, except it inevitably does so a split-second after you've released your touch, and sounds (and feels) more like something is wrong with the car. Like with all touch-sensitive center stacks, you still end up having to watch your finger land on the desired spot on the center stack in order to ensure you press the right thing. Totally silly.

In what way is this is better than a knob? Answer: it isn't.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor


  • socal_eric socal_eric Posts:

    Seriously, browsing through the long-term/blog entries for a particular car you have to click to openan article in a new page to get to a Comments button you have to click just to read or post something. What was so wrong with having a direct comments button by each article title?

  • 330i_zhp 330i_zhp Posts:

    I recently drove an SRX with the same dash configuation. While I didn't think the touch functions were so bad, I can't help but agree most people who think that knobs are still the way to go, at least for such common functions like volume. Not to mention the finger prints are ridiculous. Even if they do include a cleaning cloth, the second you touch the dash, that print is going to stay there. Looks great when it's clean, though.

  • autoboy1 autoboy1 Posts:

    Bring Inside line back. Seriously, what's so bad about a separate website? Edmund's website is unnecessarily difficult to browse. You click, it may or may not respond intelligently. When it does decide to give you the content that you want, there's an associated disappointment that elicits somewhere deep instead your noggin. The redesign is supposed to provide some kind of unity between the sites, except it inevitably prevents you from coming back as often because it feels like something is wrong with the website. Like with all complete disasters, you still end up having to watch the aftermath because they've added a 911 and a SLS to the long term fleet. Totally silly. In what way is this better than Inside Line? Answer: it isn't

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