2013 Cadillac ATS: Rear Facing Child Safety Seat Install
July 22, 2013
I think it's pretty safe to assume that if you've got small children to drive around frequently, you're probably not going to lust over a 2013 Cadillac ATS as your daily driver. But I recently had a father of one of my friends ask me what I thought of the ATS, as his wife is interested in replacing her older CTS with one. They're grandparents to five young kids. So it's not entirely out of the question that potential owners could be putting an ATS to use as at least an occasional kid taxi.
The ATS does have one of the smaller backseats in its class. While booster seats or front-facing child safety seats are rarely a problem for any car, sometimes installing a rear-facing safety seat can be tricky because of interference from the car's front seats. So out of curiosity, I installed a Britax Marathon child safety seat in its rear-facing position to see how it fit in our ATS.
There is enough rear legroom here to make a rear-facing safety seat feasible. At least with this Britax safety seat, however, the instructions ask you to install it so that its base is level with the ground. Here I ran into a bit more difficulty.
The ATS's seat cushion is contoured and has a noticeable downward angle to it, so I needed to use some folded up towels to boost the seat's base back up close to level. I was able to keep the front passenger seat positioned so that a normal-sized adult would be OK sitting there, though not necessarily for long distances.
Thinking back, that's about what it was like with another entry-level luxury sedan we tested a couple of years ago, the Volvo S60. Both have a rear seat legroom measurement of 33.5 inches, coincidentally.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,949 miles