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At long last, a worthy entry.
By ngamoth on
Vehicle2013 Cadillac ATS Standard 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
ReviewAfter successive failures, it appears Cadillac has finally made a small car worth buying. The level of effort involved in the design, creation, and testing of this car are evident upon first driving it - it feels surprisingly well built. Were it not for the plush American cabin, you'd swear the VIN began with a telltale 'W.' Performance-wise, the car shines. The adjustable Magnetic Ride Control is brilliantly implemented, and one could wax poetic about the powertrain, braking...but let's face it. This isn't going to the track - it's going to make a break in traffic much more enjoyable. Spaciousness wasn't the intended result, so make your buddies drive separately!
Best FeaturesCUE is excellent and easy to use - voice recognition that you'll actually make use of! OnStar has a neat value proposition and the latest Directions & Connections is pretty strong. The headrest, curiously, has just the right amount of plush - like finding the right mattress after hours of lying down in front of the salesperson. Just right. The driving characteristics in Touring mode were, like the last bowl of porridge, just right.
Worst FeaturesSteering may be too tight for folks 'stepping down' from a larger luxury car, though those buyers seeking the thrill the ATS promises will be pleased. A handbrake would've been a nice touch but might've betrayed the luxury image. Car looks goofy with 17" wheels. Get 18s. A competitive incentive for current segment owners would be a good idea - the ATS is more affordable stacked option vs option, but it's the new kid in town. Get picked on or come to school lookin' so fresh to death that nobody dares not talk to you.
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