2013 Cadillac ATS: Satellite Controls Are Good, Not Great
April 23, 2013
There are many ways to do satellite steering wheel controls. Cadillac's latest attempt to deliver maximum functionality at your fingertips is good at some things, and merely average at others.
The volume and seek buttons are simple enough. It would be better if you could tell between them without looking, but they are easy to use with your thumb. The rocker switch is another story.
It's a four way rocker, so it tilts right/left and up/down, but the detents are spongy so sometimes it's hard to tell if you've actually pushed it hard enough. It's actually a five-way button if you count the fact that you can push it straight down as well. That, too, is not the easiest thing to do.
So what's it for anyway? The right hand side rocker allows you to scroll through the various menus on the instrument panel display. Once you get used to the options, it's not all that hard to find what you want. But even after using it for several months now, I still find it imprecise. It just doesn't feel like a well-made switch and given that it's something you often rest your fingers on, it should feel great.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 6,675 miles