If you’re a regular viewer, you will know that I have praised GM’s low and mid-range touchscreen systems as some of the best in the business. This is not that system. Instead, the Silverado joins the Impala in using a modified version of Cadillac’s CUE. Chevy swapped out the expensive capacitive screen (looks like a modern smartphone) for a resistive unit and added a few physical buttons to improve navigation in the system. Sadly all of CUE’s flaws are present including: general sluggishness, unintuitive menu layouts and old-school mapping software.
On the bright side, some of CUE’s selling points remain. The system’s voice command system recognized more natural speech commands than the Kia/Hyundai or Toyota systems do and the media library functionality is excellent. Instead of treating the USB ports as separate inputs, the system aggregates them into one large music library allowing you to voice command songs without specifying the device.
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