The 2013 Cadillac XTS takes customization to a new level with a choice of four digital instrument clusters. The all-new car offers the choice on its Premium and Platinum models, the top two of four trim levels on the XTS. The 2013 Cadillac XTS Premium starts at $55,425, and the XTS Platinum is priced starting at $60,000, including destination.
Powered by Cadillac's Cue telematics system, the choice of layouts is controlled by a multidirectional switch on the car's steering wheel. Instead of an old-style analog gauge cluster, the XTS has a 12.3-inch LCD screen that you set up the way you want. Here are the four choices:
The balanced display setting is the default. Looking like what you'd expect to see on a Cadillac's dash, this display has three zones to show speedometer and tachometer, fuel level, audio system information, and outside temperature numbers.
The performance layout gives equal space to tachometer and speedometer, consistent with a driver focused on a more invigorating experience. Fuel consumption, tire pressure, and other specs can be added at will.
The enhanced display choice is intended to look more like surfing the Internet than staring at a dashboard. There's a navigation map at the left, with fuel and speed information at right. You scroll through pages of information, computer style.
Is that more excitement than you care to have from your dash display? The simple layout may be more your speed. This one has fuel level, speedometer, and radio displays, and that's it.
Or maybe you really want to play hardball with the whole digital-display thing. In that case, you'll enjoy that the XTS has a screen-within-a-screen feature that lets you control audio and navigation features from a smaller screen inside the speedometer and tachometer images.
How do you control and change the screens? Using the screen, of course.