Top IIHS Score for Crash Mitigation Technology - 2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Top IIHS Score for Crash Mitigation Technology

October 9, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

Recently the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety started a new testing program for vehicles with collision avoidance systems. Specifically, these are the systems that can detect vehicles ahead of you, determine if you're about to cause a front crash and either warn you or warn you and take steps (including automatically applying your car's brakes) to either minimize or even prevent the potential accident.

Within this testing program, the Cadillac ATS earned a "Superior" score for the performance of its frontal collision mitigation system, which is the best score given out of three possible rankings.

This technology, which Cadillac calls Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Collision Preparation, is optional and part of the Driver Assist package. It's a pricey package ($3,645 for 2014) but at least ATS buyers now have a better idea as to the value of the system.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor


  • hybris hybris Posts:

    I still don't really see a need for systems like this if you are a decent attentive driver, although of course we build things for the lowest common denominator and not the average or even heaven forbid set a reasonable standard.

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    @hybris, Even the best drivers do dumb things some times. I agree that in general people need to be more attentive when they drive, but you can't avoid every possible bad situation. Systems like these simply add another layer of protection. There is nothi

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    I look forward to when these are STANDARD across all vehicles instead of only being an option on high end luxury vehicles. Don't forget that it also benefits you if the guy behind you has it - getting rear ended isn't fun no matter whose fault it is.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    @mercedesfan, The thing that's wrong with it is that it coaxes people who shouldn't be allowed behind the wheel into an even deeper level of complacency and detachment, so that when the system fails, they have no ability to cope.

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