The 2013 Cadillac ATS doesn't have enough ratings to earn a Valid Total Car Score. This is an all-new car, making its debut for the 2013 model year.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then a company based in Bavaria should be blushing. The ATS has taken a well-known German compact executive sedan and followed the recipe: front-engine/rear-drive, sophisticated dynamics and plenty of up-to-the-minute technology.
Instead of blushing, though, the Germans might be losing sleep, since the ATS doesn't want to pay homage so much as surpass its main rival. Cadillac thinks the ATS has claimed the driver-focused edge that a certain Euro sport sedan has lost over the years. So far, critics are also excited by claims that the ATS weighs less than 3,400 pounds -- about the lightest in its class. This bodes equally well for the driving experience and fuel consumption.
Writers have also been impressed by the fine leather and wood trim in a cabin that blends tradition with modern gadgets. Anyone familiar with an iPad will like the large touchscreen found in the 2013 Cadillac ATS.
The five-seat 2013 Cadillac ATS compact premium sport sedan comes in base, Luxury, Performance and Premium trim levels.
Engine choices are: 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 200 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, a 2.0-liter turbo four developing 270 hp and 260 lb-ft, or a 3.6-liter V6 good for 320 hp and 267 lb-ft.
A six-speed automatic transmission is standard (an eight-speed auto is in the pipeline). A six-speed manual is available with the turbo engine. Rear-wheel drive is the default setup, but all-wheel drive is available (although not with the base engine).
Navigation is on the options list. Cadillac's available CUE infotainment system (Cadillac Use Experience) may be customized by the user and represents state-of-the-art auto gadgetry.
Safety equipment includes crash-avoidance systems that employ radar and ultrasonic sensors. The standard airbag count of eight may be increased to 10.
There are no EPA estimates for the 2013 Cadillac ATS yet, but its makers claim highway mileage of more than 30 mpg.
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