Flashback Interior - 2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Flashback Interior

September 20, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

After a road trip in the 2013 Cadillac ATS Turbo, I declared it the "best all-rounder we've got" and I stand by that statement. I really do love the ATS and when an ATS-V is introduced, the market for the BMW M3 will get a lot more competitive. But, the overhead console with its On-Star controls, interior lighting and sunroof controls, are seriously outdated.

My brother recently commented, "This looks like it's out of Dad's old Astro Van." He was right. This set of plastic trim absolutely looks like it could belong in a van from the 1990s. It's the cheapest looking piece in the cabin and it doesn't match the aesthetically pleasing surfaces that define the dashboard and CUE system.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 17,800 miles


  • diigii diigii Posts:

    Leftovers from GMC Astro parts bin. Why waste it? :)

  • oachalon oachalon Posts:

    How does it look any worse than: http://1-photos4.ebizautos.com/new-2013-bmw-3_series-2drcpe328irwd-8507-9249027-13-400.jpg

  • cx7lover cx7lover Posts:

    Wow. The same passenger airbag indicator from the cheapest of Chevy's., and a card board cutout for the ON star system. They could have made this look much better than a mashup of the existing parts bin. Geeez

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Yup, my family had a GMC Astro and that does look familiar

  • barich1 barich1 Posts:

    I don't like GM's font choice. It seems very eighties to me. I think it might have actually been the same since then.

  • se_riously se_riously Posts:

    Never ceases to amaze me how badly automakers try to reinvent something that isn't broken. Sunroof switch: Either a rotary dial (like VW/Audi) or a toggle switch (one direction is close/tilt while the other direction is slide). Homelink: Standard Gentex auto dim mirror with homelink, compass, and temperature. This is a Cadillac, so it should have all those features anyway. Map lights: Please no buttons. Just tap that nice, big, easy to reach, see, and feel map light cover itself and you're done. Now you've got plenty of room leftover for: 3 Onstar buttons Bluetooth mic Sunglasses holder How hard is that?

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    It's a little "basic functional" maybe, but then again how often are you going to look at it? I certainly wouldn't as I would not be ordering a car with a sunroof.:)

  • ryster ryster Posts:

    There is no mistaking that panel is in a GM vehicle. I guess some basic things survived their restructuring. As long as the controls work, what is the big deal? Most people spend their time driving looking out of the vehicle rather than up at the headliner (hopefully!).

  • All automakers do this not just GM. Check out a Lexus and bet the overhead console is very similar to what you will find in a Camry, Audi uses the same rotary sunroof control you will find in a Passat. So hard to please sometimes. The CUE system is criticized because they replaced the buttons with a touch sensitive system. The overhead console is criticized because it has buttons. As long as it is functional and has a quality feel what is the problem? How often do owners look up at the roof? Actually I always thought that controls that aren't frequently used should be moved to the overhead console. BSM, ESC, LDW, and parking assist on/off buttons should all be on the overhead console.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Definitely cheapens an otherwise nice interior. Another lesser problem is the Onstar logo. Cadillac can make a luxurious interior and then spoil it with a logo that's the same size, shape and color as you'd see in a Spark. The Onstar branding people have to be less demanding and let Caddy make it more discreet or at least in keeping with the feel of the rest of the interior.

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