2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Hey, It's Like a 3 Series

June 11, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

Every time I walk out to my dark garage to get in our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS, I feel happy. I could end up taking a really good drive today, I think. The world is my oyster. My mania has everything to do with the approach lighting on the ATS.

Stealing from BMW is almost always a good idea. And the lighting scheme on our ATS reminds me of walking up to our E90 sedans, first a 2006 330i, then a 2009 M3.

The LEDs on the door handles are an especially nice touch. Whereas BMW located the LEDs on the underside of each handle, Cadillac has them on the outside. The effect is the same, though I suppose the LEDs on the ATS might be slightly more vulnerable to damage from flying debris. Whatever. This car looks great and my hope is renewed.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor


  • 330i_zhp 330i_zhp Posts:

    While a small detail, I really like the LED's under the door handles, too. Seems like a "high-end car" detail to me.

  • jlh3 jlh3 Posts:

    I don't think this approach lighting has anything to do with BMW. GM has been doing this on many of it's cars for about a decade. My 2004 pontiac grand prix had similar approach lighting and so did the 2001 pontiac I had before it.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    The ridiculous notion of Cadillac buyers deluding themselves to believing their government-sponsored gilded Chevys are "just like" high-end German and Japanese luxury cars reminds me of a decidedly non-PC acronym for Pontiac.

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