Consumer Reviews Summary
13 of 18 (72%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Cadillac ATS Overview
Cadillac has been busy reinventing itself over the last several years and its latest offering is a reflection of that aim, the compact 2013 ATS luxury sedan.
The ATS was designed to go right at the king of this segment, the BMW 3-series, which is a tall order. While it might not be quite right to declare that the king is dead, we can easily say that the king now has to look over its shoulder at a hard charging, angular Cadillac that you couldn’t have seen coming even five years ago.
From the outside, the ATS wears a design that’s similar to the larger CTS sedan; the front grille is big and bold, dominated by the large Cadillac badge that sits smack in the center. The vertically stacked headlights are a nice touch as is the wide rear brake light that sits atop the trunk lid. All in all, it’s a handsome package that while not breaking any new styling ground, doesn’t make any missteps and remains attractive.
GM has put a lot of work into making the ATS up to spec with its German counterparts when it comes to two very important factors in this segment: handling and speed. The ATS is a light car, weighing less than competitors like the Audi A4, Acura TSX, and of course the BMW 328i sedan, and beyond that it features near 50/50 weight distribution which makes the ATS well balanced and responsive. Brembo brakes and a limited-slip rear differential are optional, as is Magnetic Ride Control, which reads the road 1,000 times per second and adjust the suspension accordingly.
Under the hood, there are three engine options a pair of four-cylinders and a V-6. The base engine is a 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, followed by a 270-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in turbo models. Lastly is a 318-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 which is sourced from the CTS. A six-speed automatic is standard, while a six-speed manual is also offered on some trims. All-wheel drive is available on all models.
The interior is also up to snuff, with wood and metallic or carbon fiber trim pieces depending on if you are opting for a sportier or more luxurious look. Inside the instrument panel is a customizable 5.7-inch LCD screen which relays information to the driver about the audio system, navigation, fuel economy, or phone. Standard features include faux-leather seating surfaces, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Bose audio system, and Bluetooth/USB connectivity. Options include HD/satellite radio, real leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a memory package. Also offered is Cadillac’s CUE entertainment system, which adds an 8-inch touchscreen to the center console and connects to phones and other devices either via Bluetooth, USB, or an SD card. It will accept voice commands as well as touch inputs.
Standard safety features include eight airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system. On par with other luxury vehicles, there are also a litany of high tech safety options such as radar-based automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure and blind spot warning systems, and adaptive headlights.
While the 2013 ATS may not clearly dethrone the 3-series, the fact that it’s in the conversation for the best compact luxury sedan is a huge compliment.