Mountain Car - 2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Mountain Car

August 9, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

Sure it looks out of place at the trailhead, next to mud-caked Jeeps and dusty Subarus, but our 2013 Cadillac ATS handled the high country like a mountain goat. Of course, we're not talking about anything off the pavement. However, we did make the climb from Lone Pine to the Whitney Portal, elevation 8,430 feet. The paddle shifters helped hold the lower gears to keep our speed down without heating up the brakes. And then there was another feature we really enjoyed.

2013 Cadillac ATS

It was a beautiful morning and we opened the sunroof to get a better view of the splendor around us. There was a lot of wind noise from the pop up screen, but it was well worth it to be able to see America's tallest mountain (in the lower 48 states, anyway).

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 12,244 miles


  • jederino jederino Posts:

    How was power delivery at high elevation? Car does look sharp in the rugged scenery.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Having a turbo car at those altitudes cannot hurt. :)

  • philip17 philip17 Posts:

    The transmission is tuned to shift early to preserve fuel economy. So on steep climbs you have to use the paddle shifters and keep it in a lower gear. Then it climbs well, given the road had a lot of hairpin turns and you can't go very fast anyway. The turbo helps a lot so the power drop off isn't significant. Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Philip, thanks for the reply - great location to test this motor!

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