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Auto-Folding Mirrors Needs To Be A Thing For Cadillac

Auto-Folding Mirrors Needs To Be A Thing For Cadillac

High-end luxury vehicles are all about comfort, ease, and convenience, and even small details like auto-folding mirrors can make a big difference in the long run. Unfortunately, Cadillac doesn’t have auto-folding mirrors – and it definitely should.

To be clear, we’re not talking about power folding sideview mirrors. Those can be found on pretty much every Cadillac model on offer right now, including the Cadillac XT4, XT5, XT6, Escalade, and CT5. The now-discontinued Cadillac CT6 also offered the feature, although the Cadillac CT4 does not.

For those vehicles that do have power folding sideview mirrors, owners can tuck them in by pressing a button near the mirror adjustment controls in the cabin. Alternatively, owners can fold the mirrors in by pressing and holding the lock button on their key fob.

Nevertheless, that functionality doesn’t make for an auto-folding mirrors feature. The owner must still do something to get the mirrors to fold, whereas an automatic system would automatically fold the mirrors in after the vehicle is parked and the door is closed.

That’s what’s so convenient about auto-folding mirrors – the owner isn’t required to take any action at all. Cadillac’s competitors offer auto-folding mirrors, including Lincoln, Lexus, and Mercedes. So why not Cadillac?

Beyond the obvious convenience factor, there’s also the fact that Cadillacs are becoming larger and larger with each successive generation. The all-new Escalade is a good example, growing half an inch in overall width compared to the previous model. Why not equip it with auto-folding mirrors to make it slimmer while parked?

It’s not like the feature would be all that difficult to offer, either. Theoretically, it would only take a small software patch to add it to vehicles already equipped with power folding mirrors, something which could be done with an over-the-air update.

We’re not alone in this sentiment, either. Cadillac Society has spoken to two sales people, both of whom have sold Cadillacs for the greater part of a decade, and both said that it’s definitely a feature which buyers coming from other luxury brands expect.

Unfortunately, although Cadillac is ready to spend millions of dollars to develop cutting-edge technology (take, for example, the Omega platform), small details like auto-folding mirrors are unfortunately left unaddressed.

What are your thoughts? Should Cadillac offer auto-folding mirrors? Let us know in the comments, and make sure to subscribe to Cadillac Society for ongoing Cadillac news coverage.

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Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

14 Comments

  1. Yes it should be on every cadillac..

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  2. I have the auto mirrors on my ct5.I have turned the auto feature off. I don’t see it has a big deal.I never park in tight spots. This way I avoid the door dings

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  3. The auto folding mirrors should be on all Cadillac models–programmable. Therefore, an owner may use them or not use them. All Cadillac mirrors should also have functional turn signal indicators, too–at all trim levels. These “extras” further distinguish Cadillac models when shared engines are common among the GM brands today. It’s the small details that are luxurious touches that will win Owner loyalty.

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    • Yes. If you want to play with the luxury brands follow suit and include it. While we are on it how about a chime instead of a horn chirp when you lock your doors. Just like the rest of the luxury brands.

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  4. Just like integrated turn signals on the XT5 which I have emailed about before, whether you park close or not, which in my opinion anyone who values their vehicle does not but still auto gold would be great!

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  5. I have a CT6 now, and I have had power folding Cadillac mirrors for many many years. Over the last 10 years I doubt that I have fold them in a dozen times., No big deal to me.

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    • Steve – it depends on the specific use case. For those who deal with close quarters, particularly when parking, the folding mirror is a huge help and helps take care of the car, too. The auto fold feature being discussed here does not cost anything extra to implement when the power-fold feature is already installed. It’s an days’ worth of work for a programmer/software engineer… and can be used across the model range.

      Many arguments for, zero arguments against. If you don’t need it, you simple don’t use it, and there’s that.

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      • As one one who favor the user settings of that option, I don’t want them to fold without my consent. Although it just may be a software feature, I fear when they won’t fold out. All of my vehicles have manually folding mirrors and I have only needed once to fold them. So I prefer that they stay out until I need to fold them. And doing them by hand is not such a big issue in relation to the cost of motorized mirrors and repairs when they fail.

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        • There is a Lexus LS in my family that is now 15 years old, going on 16. It has auto-folding mirrors via a toggle switch.

          When the auto-folding feature is enabled, the mirrors fold in when you shut off the vehicle. They automatically fold back out when the vehicle is started up.

          Not once have the mirrors not folded out. In the event that they don’t fold out because of a mechanical issue, they can always be folded out manually. But again, the chances of that are slim.

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  6. Yes, pogrammable auto fold is needed.

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  7. …by all means, for this price, auto-everything if I want it! Sad I can’t get it.

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  8. Yes, Lets have Auto Folding Mirrors on the XT6

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  9. The auto fold feature should be on EVERY Cadillac, model year 2021 going forward. My residence parking situation is horrible for my 2014 ATS and the auto fold/deploy feature would be welcomed, especially when I’m in a hurry and I forget my folded mirrors from when I parked.

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  10. Yes definitely, auto folding mirrors. I have the XT6 and with all the technology in that vehicle, I was dumbfounded when I realized there was no option to turn on for auto folding mirrors. (Especially at that price point) My last 3 luxury/premium vehicles had the option, I turned it on, forgot about it, and it always worked with no problems.

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