Cadillac has long been known for providing elegant, comfortable cars. For the 2013 model year, the automaker steps things up by entering the compact luxury sedan market for the first time. The brand new 2013 Cadillac ATS features a refined, almost sports-like exterior with plenty of high quality materials and an attractive interior design. With the ATS, Cadillac is right on the heels of its main competitor, the BMW 3-Series. While the 3-Series is a tough act to surpass, the ATS has a lot going for it and certainly warrants a close look.
New For 2013
The 2013 Cadillac ATS is an entirely new addition to the lineup. It's designed to give competing German and Japanese car makers a run for their money in the compact luxury sedan department. Some features that shoppers can expect to see are:
- Impressive handling and control
- A lighter frame and chassis than most cars of this class
- Three engine choices
The 2013 Cadillac ATS offers an impressive look any luxury sedan enthusiast would be delighted to show off. This streamlined car adapts some of the same exterior features as the BMW 3-Series, such as a sloped nose and slightly sculpted sides. The roof glides elegantly to the back window, trunk area, and rear fenders. Overall, the ATS gives the impression of refinement, speed, and good taste.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Cadillac ATS features high quality materials that are the first things noticed in the cabin. The dash and center console are decorated with a choice of wood, aluminum, or carbon-fiber trim. During test drives, it was impossible not to notice the car’s extremely comfortable seats. In the front, the driver and passenger seats do a great job of protecting and cushioning the occupants.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS carries the CUE infotainment system, which deserves a mention. This system is a user-friendly interface for a wide variety of controls. Its touch screen operates much like an iPod or iPad in that users can tap, swipe, and drag items on the screen. It’s easy to tell when a button is pushed, as it pulses vibrantly to alert the driver.
The Cadillac ATS may be a compact luxury sedan, but the front seats provide plenty of leg room. In the rear, space is sufficient for most people. Taller passengers may feel a bit confined in the back seat, however. The ATS offers a reasonable 10.2 cubic feet of trunk space.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS is equipped with a variety of high tech safety features, much like other models. Each sedan is made with traction and stability control as well as anti-lock disc brakes. It also features active front head restraints with plenty of airbags as well. Front seat side airbags, in addition to full-length side curtain airbags, are included. It comes standard with knee airbags as well as the popular OnStar system. It is complete with roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, and remote door unlocking. The car also offers turn-by-turn navigation and stolen vehicle assistance. The driver assistance and the driver awareness packages are optional and include a lane departure warning and forward collision alert with a vibrating safety seat.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS is available with three engine choices: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which supplies 202 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque; a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which generates 272 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque; and a 3.6-liter V-6, which is capable of 321 hp and 274 lb-ft of torque.
Fuel economy is a respectable 22/33 mpg city/highway for the four-cylinder engine models. Meanwhile, the V-6 gets 19/28 mpg city/highway. Gas mileage is sacrificed for power in this particular model; it can go from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS gets a standard rear-drive system; meanwhile, all-wheel drive is an option with the 2.0- and 3.6-liter engine models. If consumers want a manual transmission, they should opt for the two-liter, turbo version. Otherwise, all other models come with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Cadillac ATS
- BMW 3-Series
- Audi A4
- Infiniti G37
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class