2013 Cadillac ATS: Sharp Handling
July 23, 2013
One thing that really stood out when we used our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS in a three-way comparison test was the car's handling abilities. As author Mike Magrath wrote: "Whereas the [Lexus] IS 250 turned in decent handling results and then got walked on the road, the Cadillac took everything we dared to throw at it regardless of the venue."
Our ATS does have some truly impressive handling limits. I've driven it quickly through turns and the thing just sticks. Credit the car's suspension design, balance, relatively light weight and Bridgestone summer tires. The steering does lack feel, but it's appropriately quick and suitable to the sporty character of the car.
For me, this is one of the car's best attributes and why I'd tell somebody to buy one. The term "sport" gets used so much in automotive marketing these days that it sort of loses its meaning, but the ATS certainly fits my description of a "luxury sport sedan."
Speaking of sport, the ATS's Sport mode, which dramatically firms up the adaptive suspension dampers, seems like overkill to me. On a race track it'd probably be useful, but on the street this mode takes away so much suspension compliance that I find it to be a hindrance.
I just leave the Cadillac ATS in its default Tour mode.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 11,012 miles