Class Conscious - 2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Class Conscious

August 15, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

Pulling into the valet lane at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas I found myself behind a Rolls Royce Phantom with a license plate "Wynn 3." I was suddenly relieved I wasn't driving my 2001 Nissan Sentra with faded paint on the driver's side door as I had planned. Instead, I handed the keys to our 2013 Cadillac ATS to the valet who respectfully addressed me as "Mr. Reed."

I've never been a fan of the Cadillac's looks until now. Somehow, in the context of Las Vegas, it fit right in, like a fine, but not ostentatious, piece of jewelry.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 12,593 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Hmmm...more valet-worship. I have a theory - when actually driving in LA, everyone has a dark window tint and sunglasses on. You're visible, but anonymous, really. Handing your car off to a valet represents a rare opportunity to have someone (anyone...) make an actual connection between your face and the car you're driving. Even if the person is a stranger and there is no other reason for you to want his respect. So I guess if I REALLY want respect for my taste in wine from the guys hanging off the side of my town's recycling truck, I should actually stand out at the curb when they come around to pick up my bottles.

  • unionbuster unionbuster Posts:

    Few people who matter regard Cadillacs as legitimate luxury cars. If you're looking for valet-idation, aim higher and far, far away from Detroit.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Valet's in Vegas can be unpredictably fickle. I've seen them park top end luxury cars with the rest of the herd regardless of how the driver and passengers looked. On a different day they will smile and say "We'll keep this up front for you Sir/Madam" when you turn up in a 15 year old Town Car. No rhyme or reason to it at all.

  • lions208487 lions208487 Posts:

    Does recognition really mean anything? At the end of the day, no one really cares. In regards to the ATS, when parked side by side with an IS 250, 328i, and A4, the ATS is the only car that really catches my attention anyway. Looks are subject, so to each there own. However, after driving the ATS and comparing it to it's comp, I would still pick the Cadillac. In my own experience, it's by far the most fun to drive.

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