Loud CUE Startup - 2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Loud CUE Startup

April 17, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

The first time I heard the CUE startup video in our 2013 Cadillac ATS I was irritated. I thought whoever drove the car before me must have left the radio on full blast, and I struggled to quickly turn down the volume but to no avail. It wouldn't respond. Suffice it to say many expletives ensued.

But the next time it happened, I realized it was just the startup video for the CUE system whenever someone got in the driver seat. The action of slipping into the seat is what sets it off, not hitting the car's "Engine Start" button. It sounds like the beginning of an action movie trailer. When you watch the video after the jump, you kinda expect someone to come on the speakers with "IN A WORLD...."

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor


  • page 98 of your Cue Users Manual covers setting the volume level for that or even turning it off. ---- Audio CUE Volume (If Equipped): This feature adjusts the startup and shutdown sounds. To adjust the volume, press + or − to increase or decrease. This feature can beturned on or off. Press [ Back screen button to go back to the previous menu.

  • nsbio1 nsbio1 Posts:

    Why is this noisy garbage needed at all? It is the same as manufacturing the car with a bin full of household garbage: you have an "option" to remove it, of course, but why install something that stinks in the first place?

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    It didn't seem that loud to me.

  • shatner shatner Posts:

    "page 98 of your Cue Users Manual covers setting the volume level for that or even turning it off." ___________________ HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA What a piece of crap, more than 100 page manual for this unneeded junk!

  • hclmed hclmed Posts:

    It's not that an infotainment system isn't useful, but how was there no level of review that recognized that this "welcome sound" was loud enough to drown out conversation in the first place, and that it would get really tedious after the first few times. It takes real immaturity to include a car feature that insists that you interrupt your conversation whenever you get into the car to hear your introductory audio blaring for the 416th time. I know they want to reach out to a younger demographic, but I don't think 14 year olds are shopping for these.

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