XM Subscriptions - 2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: XM Subscriptions

April 5, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

I snapped this picture of our 2013 Cadillac ATS touchscreen to show to our Car Wrangler Extraordinaire, Mike Schmidt (CWE). True to form, he already knew about the expired XM subscription, had in fact paid it, but suspects the car didn't respond in kind because the signal couldn't reach it, deep in the parking bunker under our office building.

Mike also noted that the cost for two of the three XM subscriptions (XM Travel Link + XM NavTraffic) was about $60 for a full year. The XM/Sirius Radio subscription costs less, and is about $20 depending on which package is selected.

Does any of this seem excessive to you? I'm beginning to think so because right after I saw this screen, I said, "Meh," and proceeded to check traffic and listen to music from my phone instead.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 6,402 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    To get a true cost comparison between XM and your phone you have to factor in the traffic tickets you will get playing around with your smartphone while driving.

  • haro13 haro13 Posts:

    My subscription expired as well.. So when I get on traffic.. (and I know.. I live in Santa Monica) I just check Google Map on my smartphone before I take off.

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