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2013 Cadillac ATS Long Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Made My Commute Feel Special

February 12, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

I took my first drive ever in the 2013 Cadillac ATS this week, and this car put a smile on my face. I really like the way it rides. It's firm, controlled, even sporty, yet there's an underlying compliance to it. It reminds me a lot of the last two generations of the BMW 3 Series (E90 and F30). That's a good thing, of course, especially since our long-term ATS is priced in 328i territory.

The steering is very good, too. It's precise with good feel. Again, like a 3 Series. I can totally see taking this sedan on a back road someday. But in that case, I'll definitely have to shift the six-speed automatic manually to make sure I stay in the power. Often during my commute, the engine rpm would fall enough that there wasn't much turbo boost to work with and the ATS felt slow. Usually, I'm all for getting the turbocharged engine, but in this instance, I'd probably get the 3.6-liter V6 if I was buying an ATS of my own.

But never mind that. A mediocre turbo four-cylinder isn't going to dampen my enthusiasm for the small Cadillac's excellent chassis.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 4,325 miles


Comments

  • speeder31 speeder31 Posts:

    Not to be a stickler, but the latest BMW 3er is the F30...the F10 is the latest 5. Easy fix.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    So the question becomes... if it acts like a BMW 3-series and is priced like a 3-series... then why not just buy the 3-series? That's the single most important question pertaining to the existence of this car.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Who would have ever thought the consensus on a Cadillac would be "great chassis, weak engine"?

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    duck87, Since BMW seems to be dialing back on driver involvement lately, the question may actually be "why not just buy the ATS?". BMW doesn't seem very serious about being the ultimate driving machine anymore. Journalist pressure and lost sales to an American rival may nudge them back.

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    duck87, Since BMW seems to be dialing back on driver involvement lately, the question may actually be "why not just buy the ATS?". BMW doesn't seem very serious about being the ultimate driving machine anymore. Journalist pressure and lost sales to an American rival may nudge them back.

  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    glad to hear your opinion. I was a bit disappointed that posts on the ATS were typically less frequent than one a week.

  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    Duck; it's the "buy American" philosophy

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