Narrow Trunk - 2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS Long Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Narrow Trunk

May 1, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

The 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T's trunk is generously wide at the opening, but things get tight further back in the cargo area.

I found out just how narrow it gets at the wheel wells when I folded down the rear seats and tried to put a mountain bike in through the trunk.

The pass-through is plenty tall enough for this maneuver, but definitely not wide enough. I had to lower the seat post all the way down to get the bike in (besides taking off the front wheel, of course). And even then it was a total squeeze-fest.

I was so frustrated I forgot to take a photo.

While stuffing a mountain bike into the ATS isn't exactly normal duty, the ATS's 10.2 cubic-foot trunk is on the small side for the class. The BMW 3 Series offers 11.0 cu.-ft. of space, the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class measure 12.4 cu.-ft.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 7,348 miles


  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    The space between the wheel wells is definitely narrow. This is reminiscent of your departed TSX wagon where it was more glaring because of compromised utility of the wagon once the seats are folded. But in the ATS it looks like they're also sacrificing about 1 cubic foot in an attempt to disguise the fact that the trunk uses goose neck hinges.

  • speed12sil speed12sil Posts:

    Would've been nice if they didn't block off the space under the goose-neck trunk hinges. The 3 manages to leave a bit more space even with hiding the hinges.

  • stepas stepas Posts:

    You guys are ridiculous on the ATS. You make it out as worse than a 25 year old Cimarron. The ATS is great, but as usual, anything that's not a 3-Series or a 911 is crap in the eyes of an automotive reviewer. Change it up for once and say something positive about the ATS. Your year long write up is ... not useful commentary.

  • ed124c ed124c Posts:

    According to "Edmunds Cars", here are the actual numbers: Cadillac ATS--10.4 cubes, BMW3-- 13.0 cubes. Which means the 3 will have 2.6 more cubes, which means a box of 16X16X16. The A4 and C-Class both have a 12.4 trunk. Of course these numbers are from another branch of Edmunds, and if Monticello can't come near the right trunk sizes, perhaps Edmunds can't either. In any case, I use my eyesight to determine if a trunk is big enough. Also, I agree that Cadillac should not have boxed off the area below the hinges. Really dumb GM. Hmm... I wonder if they made the ATS with a trunk smaller than the Camaro's in order for people to think the ATS must be more sporty. What would you rather have: an ATS with a very, very small trunk with a 2.0 turbo, or a Camaro with a bigger trunk and a 300hp+ V6 or a 400hp+ V8?

  • erics_z06 erics_z06 Posts:

    With the ATS 2.0 being offered in a 6sp, I know what I'm getting. Plus with the Pfadt turbo kit, its a no brainer: Cadillac ATS Turbo Kit

  • erics_z06 erics_z06 Posts:

  • calamityord calamityord Posts:

    After test driving this Cadillac ATS & the BMW X3, I put my golf clubs in the ATS and they fit nicely! Cadillac's engine was equally responsive as the BMW, but Cadillac's color choices and more advanced technology tipped me over the edge to choice of the ATS! Can't wait to get it!

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