February 21, 2018

The 2013 Cadillac ATS



“I could get in a lot of trouble in this car.” The words popped out of my husband’s mouth a few minutes into a date night while reviewing the all new 2013 Cadillac ATS. I could not agree more. The ATS recently named the ‘North American Car of the Year’is a mixture of power, grace, agility and style.   When Warren Brown from The Washington Post’s ‘On Wheels’ called the ATS “A new spirit in Motor City, and a winning choice to represent it.” He nailed it.  Detroit and all of its charm are back and factor heavily into this Cadillac.

The ATS is pure luxury but without being in your face.  From out the outside it owns its category as a compact luxury sedan.  It’s a well-built car while also being one of Cadillac’s most fuel efficient.  Both the Standard model and the Turbo have a 16 gallon gas tank (premium gas) and offer 22 mpg/city and 33 mpg highway on the standard and 20 mpg/city and 30 mpg/highway for the Turbo. The steering is not just responsive and tight but it is effortlessly smooth too.  That is how driving it feels as a whole.  The combination of quality inside and out mixed with the 272 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque and the Bose Active Noise Cancellation gives the car a satisfyingly quiet ride with lots of easy power.



On the inside the ATS features handcrafted cut & sewn interior with leather seating.  The driver and passenger seat boast 8-way adjustable seats with memory and lumbar support for the driver.  The back offers rear-split folding with arm rest and a decent amount of head and leg room for a sport sedan.  CUE (Cadillac User Experience) infotainment system and Bluetooth are standard with the car along with dual zone climate control and soft blue ambient lighting.  It is also keyless with push-button start.  The ability to start the car using the EZKEY Passive Entry System on a cold, snowy day from inside my house was not lost on me either. The ATS offers comfort even when you aren’t driving it. There is a rear-vision camera within the center stack that works seamlessly as does the entire CUE system. I found it to be user-friendly and very clear.  The heated steering wheel and driver and front passenger seats, while optional are a nice touch that are expected with this caliber vehicle.

Whether I was out running errands or cruising down the highway on date night the Cadillac ATS was a joy to drive.  It offers up an exciting energy that makes driving, even in suburban traffic, fun again.  I wanted to climb into this car and get behind the wheel no matter where I had to go.  It is also the reason that despite my husband proclaiming, “You can’t put kids in a Caddy!” I did just that and installed one car seat and a booster in it for the week I test drove it.  The kids loved the Bose sound system, its cushioned ride and ability to take on parking lot speed bumps without being jarring.  I believe that because of the sports car factor, the large trunk (I fit groceries for a family of five with room to spare in it) and deep back seat it is actually a great, fun car for a small family who wants a comfortable, head turning ride.  Call me crazy but it is true.

The 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.5L Standard RWD has an MSRP of $33,095.  The 2.0L Turbo Standard RWD  has an MSRP starting from $34,900 and the AWD MSRP for the Turbo is $33,095.  Tested my ATS 2.5L Luxury Collection was priced at $42, 225.  It is the first car in a few years that I have reviewed that both my husband and I actually wanted to purchase after driving.

MPR Rating: Five Stars. 

Disclaimer: MPR was not paid for this post.  Products received are for review purposes only.  The Cadillac ATS was tested as a loaner vehicle and part of the GM Influencer program.  Opinions are MPR’s only. 



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