Used 2013 Cadillac ATS

2013 Cadillac ATS
List price range
$11,877 - $19,360

Pros

  • Spirited performance from 2.0 Turbo and 3.6 models
  • excellent handling/ride balance
  • engaging driving dynamics from both rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive platforms
  • user-friendly infotainment interface.

Cons

  • Lackluster base engine performance
  • smallish backseat and trunk.

Used 2013 Cadillac ATS for Sale

Cadillac ATS 2013 Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
71,035 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Performance
List$16,900
Est.Loan: $308/mo
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
71,062 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Luxury
List$13,995
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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***A VERY SHARP CADI...................2013 CADILLAC ATS 2.0T LUXURY SEDAN, BLACK WITH A BEIGE LEATHER INTERIOR, REAR BACK UP CAMERA, KEYLESS GO, DUAL POWER SEATS WITH MEMORY SETTINGS, BOSE SOUND SYSTEM, DUAL AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROLS, PARKTRONIC, DUAL EXHAUST, ALLOY WHEELS, COME OUT FOR A LOOK***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. SOLD AS-IS NO WARRANTY, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.
Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
82,471 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
(5)
Kargar Motors
18.8 mi away
List$11,877
Est.Loan: $222/mo
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**LOOKS AND RUNS GREAT***PUSH START, ON STAR, BLUETOOTH, PANDORA, XM RADIO, BACK UP CAMERA, POWER WINDOWS, MIRRORS, LOCKS, SEATS, LEATHER, SUNROOF, TINTED WINDOWS, ALLOY WHEELS, CD PLAYER, AM/FM RADIO, TRIP COMPUTER, REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY AND MORE***VA SAFETY INSPECTED***AUTOCHECK CERTIFIED***QUALIFIES FOR AUTOCHECK AND CARFAX BUY BACK PROTECTION**FINANCING AVAILABLE***EXTENDED WARRANTY AVAILABLE*** Contact our Sales at 703-520-9696.
Cadillac ATS 2013 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
85,487 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Luxury
List$12,795
Est.Loan: $239/mo
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
62,964 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Premium
List$18,685
Est.Loan: $340/mo
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"Black Diamond 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L Premium AWD 6-Speed Automatic 3.6L V6 DI DOHC VVT Adaptive Remote Start
Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
70,408 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
(2)
SMH Auto Sales
27.1 mi away
List$13,500
Est.Loan: $252/mo
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
40,762 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Luxury
Source Auto Group
35.8 mi away
List$17,500
Est.Loan: $319/mo
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The front windshield is in excellent condition. The paint is in great shape and condition. No dings are visible on this vehicle. The interior was well maintained and is extra clean. The exterior was well maintained and is extra clean. The engine is functioning properly and has no issues. The transmission shifts very smoothly. The brakes are in great condition. The battery is in excellent condition.
Cadillac ATS 2013 Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
51,188 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Luxury
(1)
CarMax
36.1 mi away
List$17,598
Est.Loan: $321/mo
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.Prior Use:Fleet
Cadillac ATS 2013 Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
86,784 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Luxury
List$12,988
Est.Loan: $243/mo
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
77,143 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Luxury
List$14,410
Est.Loan: $269/mo
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
46,822 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Performance
(18)
Hagerstown Kia
40.1 mi away
List$19,360
Est.Loan: $353/mo
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MD STATE INSPECTED, NAVIGATION, LOW MILES, BlueTooth. 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L Performance 4D Sedan 3.6L V6 DI DOHC VVT AWD Black RavenThis is just one of many premium used cars offered by Hagerstown Honda/KIA. Check out our new and used car selection at hagerstownhonda.com and hagerstownkia.com or contact us directly at 800-800-4727 . TO RECEIVE THE INTERNET SALE PRICE THIS VEHICLE DESCRIPTION PAGE MUST BE PRINTED AND PRESENTED BEFORE PURCHASE!
Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
64,250 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
List$14,000
Est.Loan: $262/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Prices subject to change without notice and do not include Title, License, Registration Fees, State or Local Taxes or Processing Fees, if any. Please contact seller first for vehicle availability
Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
38,310 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
Waldorf Chevrolet
41.8 mi away
List$16,995
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
27,395 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
List$16,898
Est.Loan: $308/mo
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**BLUETOOTH CAPABLE, **BACK UP CAMERA, **PANORAMIC ROOF, **ALLOY WHEELS, **EXCLUSIVE CERTIFICATION ON ALL VEHICLES. 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.5L Black Raven ALL OUR VEHICLES CARRY OUR EXCLUSIVE CERTIFICATION. THIS MEANS YOU GET A 3 MONTH 3,000 MILE EXCLUSIVE GUARANTEE AND 1 YEAR OF FREE MAINTENANCE!Awards: * Ward`s 10 Best Engines * NACTOY 2013 North American Car of the YearPlease contact us at 1-410-367-5327 or visit us on the web at www.exclusivemotorcarsmd.com.
Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
43,643 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
List$14,990
Est.Loan: $280/mo
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After business hours please contact Tamim at (540) 287-5112Brand new on our lot, we have a GORGEOUS 2013 Cadillac ATS! This ATS is sitting on alloy wheels with GREAT tread on the tires, with a STUNNING black leather seats. Powered by a 2.5L 4 cylinder motor, followed by a SMOOTH automatic transmission, also this Cadillac is capable of getting 33 MPG! This ATS has tons of features such as, Multi-Zone A/C, A/C Front, A/C Rear, Heat A/C, Heated Front Seats, Cruise Control, Dual Climate Controls, Leather interior, Leather seats, Power Mirrors, Power seats, Power Steering, Power windows, Power Locks, and thats only the beginning! This Cadillac has AM/FM Stereo, CD player, MP3 Player, Premium Audio System, Steering Wheel Controls, Auxiliary Audio Input, Rear view camera, and much more! With so many great features, such as a free 3 month power train warranty, or 4500 miles. Many more to see, you DO NOT want to miss out on a deal this fantastic! Stop by TODAY to schedule a test drive on your future vehicle.
Cadillac ATS 2013 Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
61,696 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Luxury
Overlea Motors
56.1 mi away
List$14,999
Est.Loan: $280/mo
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
71,458 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Luxury
List$13,990
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
52,227 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
List$18,000
Est.Loan: $328/mo
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Come see this 2013 Cadillac ATS . Its Automatic transmission and Turbocharged I4 2.0L/122 engine will keep you going. This Cadillac ATS has the following options: WHEELS, 17 X 8 (43.2 CM X 20.3 CM) PREMIUM PAINTED ALUMINUM (STD), TRANSMISSION, 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC (STD), TIRES, P225/45R17 ALL-SEASON, BLACKWALL, RUN-FLAT (STD), THUNDER GRAY CHROMAFLAIR, SUNROOF, POWER, SEATS, HEATED DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER, SEATS, FRONT BUCKET (STD), REARVIEW BACKUP CAMERA, PREFERRED EQUIPMENT GROUP includes standard equipment, and LICENSE PLATE BRACKET, FRONT. See it for yourself at The Used Car Factory, 27725 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2013 Cadillac ATS finally gives the U.S. a medal-worthy entry in the segment of compact sport sedans.

vehicle overview

If you can't remember any small Cadillac sedans of the past, consider yourself lucky, as neither the Opel Omega-based Catera or Chevy Cavalier-based Cimarron offer particularly fond memories. Fortunately, all that matters now is the fact that the 2013 Cadillac ATS stands as an impressive entry in a class full of overachieving sport sedans.

It's no secret that the Cadillac folks have aimed the rear-wheel-drive ATS squarely at the well-rounded BMW 3 Series, which has defined the segment for years. The ATS's exterior dimensions essentially mirror those of the 3 Series, and the ATS offers fine build quality, feisty performance and an involving drive along with a supple ride, just like the benchmark Bimmer. Cadillac's newest model also offers a logical electronic interface with which to work all the handy interior convenience gizmos, which is a crucial component in this segment of luxury cars.

The Cadillac ATS stacks up well against its rival. On the road, it delivers excellent steering feel and an agile, well-balanced ride. Contributing to the sharp dynamics is the fact that this Caddy is the lightest car in its class (by 70-150 pounds, depending on trim). Further adding to the ATS's athleticism is its ideal 50/50 weight distribution between the front and rear wheels.

With a trio of engine choices available, the ATS's performance ranges from tepid to thrilling. The base 2.5-liter four serves as the price and fuel economy leader, although its 202-horsepower output lags behind the base engines found in the competition. Meanwhile, the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 packs a solid midrange punch and is the only choice in the ATS range that can be had with a manual gearbox. With 321 hp, the energetic V6 offers a sweet soundtrack and is well-matched to a very responsive automatic transmission.

There are a few minor issues with the ATS. Enthusiasts may wish for a manual gearbox with the top engine, while the rear seats and trunk are less roomy than what some rivals offer. Of course, this segment isn't exactly bereft of talent, either. The 2013 BMW 3 Series still takes top honors by virtue of its superior base powertrain and slightly even more engaging driving dynamics, but it's also typically more expensive. We're also quite fond of the similarly well-rounded Audi A4, the refined Mercedes-Benz C-Class and value-packed -- if not as polished -- Infiniti G sedan. But overall, the 2013 Cadillac ATS is a very strong contender in the very, very competitive segment of compact sport sedans.

trim levels & features

The 2013 Cadillac ATS is a five-passenger, luxury-oriented sport sedan that is offered in four trim levels: base, Luxury, Performance and Premium.

Standard features on the base trim include 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, six-way power front seats with power lumbar, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, OnStar, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a seven-speaker Bose sound system with satellite radio, an iPod/USB interface and an auxiliary audio jack.

The Luxury trim adds run-flat tires, keyless entry/ignition, remote engine start, eight-way power front seats, front and rear park assist, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seating, driver memory functions, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat (with pass-through), HD radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and the CUE infotainment interface.

The Performance trim (not available with 2.5-liter engine) further adds dual exhaust outlets, a Driver Awareness package (forward collision alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic wipers and rear seat side airbags), an active aero grille, xenon headlights, an upgraded 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system (with a CD player), front sport seats (with driver-side bolster adjustment) and a fixed rear seat with pass-through.

Stepping up to the Premium trim (not available with 2.5-liter engine) adds 18-inch wheels, a navigation system, a color head-up display and the 60/40 split-folding rear seat. An ATS Premium with rear-wheel drive also comes with summer tires, a sport-tuned suspension, adaptive suspension dampers and a limited-slip rear differential.

Many of the features that are standard for the upper trim levels are available as options on the lower trims. A few other optional packages are also available. The Driver Assistance package includes the features from the Awareness package and adds adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, collision preparation with brake assist, and the color head-up display. The Cold Weather package includes heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The Track Performance package adds an engine oil cooler and upgraded brake pads. Other options include different wheels, a sunroof and a trunk cargo organizer.

performance & mpg

The 2.5 models come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 202 hp and 190 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0 Turbo models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 272 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 3.6 models come with a 3.6-liter V6 that cranks out 321 hp and 274 lb-ft of torque.

All ATS engines come matched to a six-speed automatic transmission except the 2.0 Turbo, which can also be had with a six-speed manual. Rear-wheel drive is standard across the board, with all-wheel drive optional for the 2.0- and 3.6-liter engines.

In Edmunds testing, a rear-drive ATS 2.0T with the manual went from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. A rear-drive ATS 3.6 Premium with an automatic accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Both times are average among similarly powered entry-level sport sedans.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the ATS 2.5 stands at 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. The V6 is estimated to achieve 19/28/26 with rear-wheel drive and Cadillac claims the 2.0-liter Turbo will get the same with an automatic transmission. With all-wheel drive, the ATS V6 drops to 18/26/21.

safety

Standard safety features for the 2013 Cadillac ATS include antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, active front head restraints, front-seat side and knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Also standard is OnStar, which includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation. Optional are the aforementioned Driver Awareness and Driver Assistance packages.

In Edmunds brake testing, an ATS 3.6 Premium came to a stop from 60 mph in an impressively short 108 feet. A 2.0T stopped in an average distance of 113 feet.

driving

The 2013 Cadillac ATS is an impressive all-around performer, thanks to a poised ride, sure-footed cornering capability and excellent response from the steering and brakes. The 2.5-liter engine is smooth, but it delivers tepid acceleration compared to other entry-level powertrains, notably that of the BMW 328i. Opt for one of the other ATS engines, however, and you'll have no complaint, as they provide thrust more in keeping with this Cadillac's athletic personality. Although enthusiasts may lament the lack of a manual transmission for the V6, the six-speed automatic is hard to fault. Switched to Sport mode, this automatic knows just when to hold a gear and provides smooth, rev-matched downshifts right on time, every time.

Even with its sporting calibration, the Cadillac ATS takes neglected city streets in stride, absorbing the shock of potholes and broken pavement without upsetting the car or its occupants. As a result, the compact Cadillac makes for a fine daily driver that can also provide plenty of entertainment on a Sunday morning drive.

interior

Inside its cabin, the 2013 Cadillac ATS boasts a variety of high-quality materials, including tasteful wood and metallic accents. The available CUE infotainment interface features large icons and operates like an iPhone or iPad, which is to say you operate it by tapping, flicking, swiping or spreading your fingers -- making it familiar for many users. Furthermore, "Haptic" feedback lets you know when you've pressed a virtual button by pulsing when you touch it.

Up front, the seats do a nice job of holding one in place during spirited drives, and it's fairly easy to find a comfortable driving position. Oddly, the optional sport seats don't provide much more in the way of lateral support for the driver, despite their power-adjustable bolsters.

Rear-seat headroom is good, but knee room is tight for taller folks. Despite a wide opening, the ATS's trunk offers just 10.2 cubic feet of capacity — downright stingy for this segment. Fortunately, some trims feature a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, which helps in this regard.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2013 Cadillac ATS.

ATS V6 AWD Performance
thomas78, 6/7/2013
This is a great car, period. Is it a great value? Compared to a similarly equipped 3 series, absolutely. I was ready to "pull the trigger" on a $56K 3 series but couldn't justify its value, especially with that pathetic plastic screen sticking up out of the top of the dash board, really? CUE, like your first smart phone or new computer operating system, needs understanding. However, it's appalling to see Consumer Reports slam ATS's rating because of CUE--shame on them. The ATS is fun to drive, the sound system is outstanding, cabin noise is non-existent and it handles like a dream--better than a 3 series. A small trunk, tight rear seat and stiff ride are justified minor complaints.
Excellent First Effort by Cadillac!!!
oshkosh49, 8/13/2013
I've had this car for a few weeks. And it's everything I was hoping it would be, and more. I've been reading for the past 30 years in Car & Driver and Motor Trend about how great the driving experience of the BMW 3-Series was. During all of that time I was hoping like crazy that either Cadillac or Lincoln would develop and produce a direct competitor to the German entry level sport sedans. Lincoln hasn't yet, Cadillac finally did. Kudos to GM for not dropping the development of this model during their bankruptcy. The ATS's handling and steering feedback is just amazing. The ride is what you SHOULD expect from a compact sport sedan. Hey, it's not your Grandpa's land yacht!!!
Cadillac ATS 3.6 RWD with FE3 magnetic ride
m3nomore, 3/30/2013
I have owned two M3s and an S4 among other cars. But after test-driving the 3.6 ATS and comparing prices, the Caddy ATS won hands down for me. For handling, ride comfort, and braking, ATS beats the others. Yeah, M3 is quicker by .7 sec to 60 ... not a big deal unless you take your ride to the track every weekend. Mileage: 19mpg city, 29 highway(!), 24 combined so no complaints there especially as compared to M3. This car is a pleasure to drive with its great handling, and it feels good to have finally cut the cord to those overpriced Germans. CUE is not perfect but is far from a deal-breaker. Overall: this car is a winner and I have NO regrets with this purchase.
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csrmax, 3/25/2013
Having owned several BMW's, I thought I'd never own any other brand(especially a Cadillac). When my last BMW's lease was up in Dec 2012, I looked at both the 535 and 335.... lease prices were insane! Additionally, I had a hard time telling the 3 from the 5 series, and interiors were blah! After reading several reviews of the ATS, I decided that a test drive wouldn't hurt, my expectations not being high, I was pleasantly surprised, and, frankly, somewhat stunned how well the ATS drove! After several more test drives(2.0T AWD vs. 3.6 AWD) I now an ATS in my garage!
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Features & Specs

MPG
22 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
202 hp @ 6300 rpm
MPG
22 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
202 hp @ 6300 rpm
MPG
18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
321 hp @ 6800 rpm
MPG
19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
321 hp @ 6800 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.1%

More about the 2013 Cadillac ATS
More About This Model

Cadillac isn't saying that its goal with the 2013 ATS sport sedan is the equivalent of kneeing BMW's 3 Series in the stomach, putting it in a headlock and wrestling it to the ground.

But there's not a shred of doubt that Caddy's new baby is aimed squarely at the most competent compact sport sedan in the history of the world. That the small Bimmer served as the ATS's benchmark is unquestionable. Not just in Cadillac's statement: that the ATS will "challenge the world's best compact luxury cars." But the spec sheet shows, dimensionally, that the 2013 Cadillac ATS is a near carbon copy of the 3 Series: It's within 0.3 inch in overall length and within 0.2 inch in width.

Corporate posturing and marketing hype aside, a Cadillac official later admitted to us, "Honestly, we'll just be happy to be considered in the same sentence as the 3 Series."

After a day driving around Georgia and lapping the brand-new Atlanta Motorsports Park, we can say, yup, the ATS is legit. Just to be sure, we hooked up our test equipment to a pre-production model while we were there.

No More Cimarron Jokes
Make no mistake, the 2013 Cadillac ATS is a completely brand-new, from-scratch rear-wheel-drive design (all-wheel drive is optional). True, the three available direct-injected engines have been seen before in various iterations, and the fantastic CUE infotainment system debuted in the XTS. But as a whole, this is a brand-new Caddy.

And it's light. There's lots of high-strength and ultrahigh-strength steel, and the chassis is scalloped out and utilizes lightening holes to shed pounds where possible. There's also an aluminum hood, magnesium engine mount brackets and aluminum front suspension arms. End result? The base model tips the scales at 3,315 pounds, while the 3.6 V6 test car comes in at 3,461. The last BMW 328i we tested, which utilizes a 2.0-liter turbo engine, hit the scales at 3,427 pounds.

One Out of Three
The base ATS, which starts at $33,990 including destination, comes with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder putting out 202 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque (the 2012 BMW 328i starts at $35,795 with destination, but its turbo-4 puts out 240 hp). Earning 22 city/33 highway/26 mpg EPA combined, this engine is clearly little more than the ATS's mileage and price leader — a fact that is obvious the first time you apply real pressure with your right foot. It's quiet and smooth enough, and the six-speed automatic is a worthy companion with its silky operation but, no lie, we checked to see if the parking brake was on a couple of times.

Even though it's not billed as the top engine, the 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder had us most amped up going in because it's the only power plant that's available with a manual gearbox. And we like forced induction. The numbers are there: 272 hp at 5,500 rpm, 260 lb-ft of torque from 1,700-5,500. There is minimal turbo lag but midrange is plentiful. Remarkably, when paired with the automatic, Cadillac estimates (although it's not yet official with the EPA) identical fuel economy for this engine as it does for the 2.5-liter four. Reality, we suspect, will prove otherwise.

Either way, it never stirred our soul — there's no real punch, and its completely nondescript whirring noise is uninspiring. Then there's the all-new Tremec six-speed manual, which has longish throws and is a bit clunky.

The 3.6-liter V6, on the other hand, is a fine piece. Unlike the turbo-4, it does its best work up high, churning out 321 hp at 6,800 rpm and 275 lb-ft at 4,800. Cadillac says it will earn 19 city and 28 highway mpg, however, proving that you'll pay for the additional power.

Even so, it makes genuinely sexy sounds at high revs, but it's Cadillac-quiet at low speed. The sole transmission is the six-speed auto with magnesium paddle shifters. This transmission is so "smart" that on the track we experimented with leaving it in Drive and it held revs perfectly when needed and automatically downshifted and blipped the throttle when we braked for corners. As such, we preferred the V6/auto combo over the turbo-4/manual on the track.

The Numbers Game
Acceleration testing on a pre-production ATS Premium 3.6 at an unfamiliar test venue resulted in 60 mph in 5.7 seconds (5.4 seconds with a 1-foot rollout as at a drag strip) and the quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds at 101.9 mph.

For reference, the last BMW 335i we tested, a 2010 sedan with a six-speed manual and a turbocharged inline-6, hit 60 in 5.2 seconds (4.9 with rollout). The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 posted a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds (5.4 with rollout). Translation: As nice as Caddy's V6 is, it's no match — in pure numbers or in terms of refinement/usability — for BMW's turbo-6.

Magnetic Personality
Cadillac factory racer Johnny O'Connell didn't mince words when he told journalists at the launch of the 2013 Cadillac ATS: "This is the best car I've driven around the proving grounds in my 12 years at General Motors."

Say what? Perhaps he already forgot a certain famous sports car. You know, the Corvette? Or the CTS-V?

O'Connell elaborated further while he gave us hot laps in an ATS: "Oh sure, the Corvette has higher limits," he explained, "but the ATS is more forgiving when it reaches the limit." In other words, when the Corvette begins to oversteer, it happens very quickly and it isn't easy to save, whereas the ATS can be driven up to and beyond its limits all day. Even by us average folk.

The balance the ATS exhibits comes via a 50/50 weight distribution and well-tuned standard FE2 suspension, including Cadillac's first-ever five-link independent rear setup. The quick and precise electric steering offers adjustable weight and has high effort in Sport mode. As a result, the ATS proved a more-than-willing dance partner on Georgia's twisty back roads. It's very tied down, with minimal body roll and minimal understeer at the limit.

Premium models, like our test car, come with the FE3 sport suspension and magnetorheological dampers. Not only is the ride quality driver-controlled, but these high-tech dampers constantly adjust to the road...in milliseconds. Summer tires helped, too. The car's balance lets you teeter on the brink of understeer/oversteer, working the throttle to eliminate push. Power-on oversteer isn't easy to achieve, even with the V6, but when it happens it's extremely controllable.

Around the skid pad at Road Atlanta, the ATS matched the 0.92g lateral grip of the 3 Series, while it stopped 1 foot shorter from 60 mph — 108 feet. Brembo brakes come standard on all ATS models above the base car. Fade was nonexistent, although pedal feel out on the road was a bit soft.

CUE It Up
Cadillac's CUE infotainment system, which debuted on the 2013 XTS, has found its way into the ATS, too. CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience, integrates phone, audio and navigation into an 8-inch LCD touchscreen. It can pair data for up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices. Perhaps most important is that CUE's interface operates like an iPhone or iPad — by tapping, flicking, swiping or spreading, which gives it a welcome familiarity for many users.

"Haptic" or pulsed feedback on the fully capacitive faceplate lets you know that your finger is, in fact, changing settings on the HVAC controls — unlike in the Chevy Volt and Ford Explorer. There's a learning curve with CUE, of course, but the capability of the system is quite amazing.

The front seats do a nice job of holding you in place and it's easy to find a comfortable position. Optional sport seats don't provide the needed lateral support, but the bolsters are electrically adjustable.

Rear-seat headroom is actually pretty decent, but knee room is tight. Despite a wide aperture, the ATS's 10.2-cubic-foot trunk is small for the class — especially between the wheelwells.

Better Than the 3 Series?
Taking on the established German and Japanese players in one of the most difficult-to-infiltrate segments in the country takes guts. And it shows even bigger cojones for Cadillac to come right out and say the 2013 ATS is capable of challenging the world's best compact sedans.

But the ATS has a lot going for it. Most specifically is its genuinely capable handling. And the CUE infotainment system shows real progress in an area that's hugely significant to many buyers.

But does it knock the BMW 3 Series off its comfy perch? Not yet. Not with these powertrains. Still, the 2013 Cadillac ATS, which will begin shipping to dealers August 1, is an exciting rear-drive alternative to the compact sport sedan establishment. That it's as good as it is, and that it's American-made, should be enough to bring new, young buyers into Cadillac dealers.

Even better, Cadillac officials did everything other than confirm that an ATS-V performance model is on the way. Give it a real engine, and maybe, just maybe, it can take on the M3.

The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.

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