2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test


2013 Cadillac ATS: Nevada City Road Trip, Part 1

July 15, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

When our 2013 Cadillac ATS finally came out of the body shop, it went straight to work. My brother and I had a 1,000-mile road trip planned for the holiday weekend.

Out of Los Angeles before noon, my brother Tyler and I were keen on arriving at our father's house for dinner. It's 450 miles away. Apparently, the ATS's seats are super comfortable for passengers because my brother was sleeping before 30 minutes passed. After a few hours on the road, I couldn't drown out the snoring with podcasts any longer. I stopped for burgers.

2013 Cadillac ATS

Somewhere outside of Fresno we found an In-and-Out burger and a developing storefront for what looks to be an old-west-themed ice cream shop. Ice cream would've been pretty nice, considering we were driving in a record-setting heat wave.

2013 Cadillac ATS

The Cadillac informed us of local weather on both the center touchscreen and the small display in the instrument panel. This was one of several warnings I received along our road trip that gave an "Excessive Heat Warning." The peak temperature for the day was 117 degrees Fahrenheit.

2013 Cadillac ATS

Interstate 5 was flat, straight and seemingly endless, but at least it was empty. There were a few construction projects, but we were making great time.

2013 Cadillac ATS

As we drove further into Northern California, I called up the navigation menu on the CUE touchscreen. Our route no longer displayed on the screen, so I tried several times to reenter the address. No dice. The ATS's nav system simply wouldn't cooperate. Our position was still being tracked, but there were no turn-by-turn instructions nor a blue highlighted route to guide us on our way. Luckily, we both had working iPhones.

2013 Cadillac ATS

With only 40 miles left on the journey, the Cadillac ATS alerted me that there were only 50 miles of fuel range remaining. An annoying thing happened next:

2013 Cadillac ATS

When the Cadillac slipped under 50 miles of range, the computer simply told me the range was "low." I would've loved to know exactly how far I had left, especially with a possible range record coming up for the ATS. I topped out the range on our Ford Focus ST just a few weeks ago and I was feeling good about this one, too. After driving 30 miles on unfamiliar rural highways, I gave in and stopped for gas.

2013 Cadillac ATS

2013 Cadillac ATS

432.9 miles on one tank, a new record! The ATS took just over 16 gallons of fuel, which is apparently the exact size of the tank. After another 20 minutes on mountain roads, we arrived at my father's house with time to spare.

2013 Cadillac ATS

Still to come on the road trip: boats, fireworks, parades, gold mines, cemeteries and hay trucks. Stay tuned.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 9,973 miles

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By stovt001
on 07/15/13
4:24 PM PST

I'm getting really tired of complaints about "low fuel" warnings. Once you get past a certain point, you can't accurately measure remaining range and if they tried they would only set themselves up for liability. Maybe you have five miles of range remaining on flat ground, but you hit a hill and before the computer has time to even measure the decreased fuel economy, the slope has drained the fuel in the tank away from the pickup, starved the pump, and you're stranded. Stop the childish games of chicken with the gas gauge, fill up when it gets low, and get on with it.

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