My Favorite Design Flourish - 2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: My Favorite Design Flourish

March 20, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

The Cadillac ATS abounds with little stylistic flourishes and clever details. It's one of the things that truly set it apart from the staid Germans that might include some LED lights up front and perhaps a smidgen of alloy trim inside if you tick the right options box.

Just a quick glimpse of the ATS will reveal what I'm talking about. Yet, when I saw the ATS in the flesh for the first time, the detail that impressed me most was the door handles.

"No way. Tell me they light up, that would be rad," I said approaching the car. "They do light up! That's fantastic. And the button to unlock the car is like a modern version of those old button-push Cadillac door handles that used to be on the Fleetwood and others. Just brilliant."

I'm still impressed every time I see the ATS.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 6,038 miles


  • Are you as impressed each time you drive it? Smile on your face when cornering? Comfortable inching along in traffic? Easy to maneuver in a parking lot? Smooth on the freeway?

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    i really wish you guys would write more about this car. speciffically the way it drives. this is one of the cars i am most curious about of all of the cars you currently have and you have had it since november? yet i know almost nothing about it still! please maybe put the lexus up for a while and drive this car a bit more!

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    I'd like some more in-depth review of the chassis response and steering, as these seemed quite promising in first drives.

  • yaymx5_ yaymx5_ Posts:

    "Rad?" The 1980s called, they want their lingo back. And possibly their Grand National photos, too.

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