Used 2013 Cadillac ATS

2013 Cadillac ATS
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2013 Cadillac ATS

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 Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
96,157 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Luxury
(4)
Rosenthal Acura
16.9 mi away
List$13,888
Est.Loan: $259/mo
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Low Miles! AWD FOR ALL SEASONS AND CONDITIONS! TURBOCHARGED ENGINE! ADDED COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE OF POWER SEAT! LUXURIOUS LEATHER SEATS! RECEIVE A WARNING WHEN YOU GET TOO CLOSE BACKING UP! EVEN REMEMBERS YOUR FAVORITE SEATING POSITION IN MEMORY! BACK-UP CAMERA LET'S YOU SEE WHAT'S BEHIND YOU WHEN IN REVERSE!View our entire inventory online at www.RosenthalAcura.com.At Rosenthal Acura of Gaithersburg, we strive to provide outstanding professional service in all areas of our dealership. We serve Maryland, DC, Virginia and southern PA. For your next used or new car or truck, visit us at www.RosenthalAcura.com! The Pre-Owned Department at Rosenthal Acura is comitted to outstanding customer service throughout the entire sales process. We offer some of the best quality Pre-Owned vehicles in the country.
Cadillac ATS 2013 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
71,062 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Luxury
(6)
Maximum Auto Outlet
18.2 mi away
List$13,995
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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$300 Below Market
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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 Premium 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
32,211 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Premium
(1)
Jim Coleman Cadillac
18.3 mi away
List$19,000
Est.Loan: $346/mo
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**1OWNER** **LOW MILES..ONLY 32,211 MILES!!** **NAV** **DRIVER AWARENESS PACKAGE** **LUXURY PACKAGE** **PREMIUM PACKAGE** **SEATING PACKAGE** **DRIVER AWARENESS Forward Collision Alert Rainsense Wipers Rear Thorax Air Bags****LUXURY PACKAGE Keyless Access Passive Entry Midnight Chrome Accented Grille Split-Folding Rear Seat Ultrasonic Front Parking Assist Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist****PREMIUM PACKAGE Extra Capacity Cooling SystemHead-Up Display High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps Illuminating Outside Door Handles Limited Slip Rear Mechanical Differential Magnetic Ride Control Performance SeatsPerformance Suspension Sport Aluminum Alloy Pedals Steering Wheel Mounted Paddle Shift Controls****SEATING PACKAGE Adaptive Remote StartAuto-Dimming Inside Rear-View Mirror Driver & Front Passenger Seat Adjusters Memory PackageOutside Heated Power-Adjustable Mirrors Rear-View Backup Camera Universal Home Remote** Fresh Oil Change, Adaptive Remote Start, Auto-Dimming Inside Rear-View Mirror, Bose Premium Surround Sound 10-Speaker System, Cadillac User Experience (CUE) & Navigation, Color Information Display w/8"" Touch Screen, Driver & Front Passenger Seat Adjusters, Driver Awareness Package, Extra Capacity Cooling System, Forward Collision Alert, Head-Up Display, High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps, Illuminating Outside Door Handles, Interface Auxiliary Device Connectivity, Keyless Access Passive Entry, Limited Slip Rear Mechanical Differential, Luxury Package, Magnetic Ride Control, Memory Package, Midnight Chrome Accented Grille, Navigation System, Outside Heated Power-Adjustable Mirrors, Performance Seats, Performance Suspension, Power Sunroof, Premium Package, Rainsense Wipers, Rear Thorax Air Bags, Rear-View Backup Camera, Seating Package, Single Disc CD Player, SiriusXM & HD Audio System, Split-Folding Rear Seat, Sport Aluminum Alloy Pedals, Steering Wheel Mounted Paddle Shift Controls, Ultrasonic Front Parking Assist, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, Universal Home Remote. Recent Arrival! 19/28mpgAwards: * Ward's 10 Best Engines * NACTOY 2013 North American Car of the YearAt Jim Coleman, we offer new cars in Bethesda. Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg and the Washington D.C. Area, along with used cars, trucks and SUVs by top manufacturers. Our sales staff will help you find that new or used car you have been searching for. For years, our financial staff at Jim Coleman has offered expert advice for those seeking a great car loan or lease. Our service doesn't stop there. Bethesda customers can come in and take advantage of our knowledgeable car repair technicians and a fully-stocked inventory of car parts. You can reach Jim Coleman any time by filling out our contact form, by calling us or simply visiting our Bethesda dealerships.
Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
64,215 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
Shannon Auto Sales
19.2 mi away
List$14,765
Est.Loan: $276/mo
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
84,462 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Luxury
(3)
Karen Radley Volkswagen
30 mi away
List$13,950
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
58,614 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
Car America
35.2 mi away
List$13,963
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
50,818 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
Kent Parsons Ford Lincoln
38.2 mi away
List$14,800
Est.Loan: $276/mo
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
56,699 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
(11)
Norris Acura West
40.2 mi away
List$15,000
Est.Loan: $273/mo
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
27,395 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
Exclusive Motor Cars
48.5 mi away
List$16,998
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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$300 Below Market
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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: * NACTOY 2013 North American Car of the Year * Ward`s 10 Best EnginesPlease contact us at 1-410-367-5327 or visit us on the web at www.exclusivemotorcarsmd.com.
Cadillac ATS 2013 Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
64,812 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Premium
(7)
Heritage Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Parkville
56.9 mi away
List$16,317
Est.Loan: $297/mo
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*** NAVIGATION *** POWER SUNROOF *** HEATED LEATHER SEATING *** ALL WHEEL DRIVE *** CLEAN CARFAX *** ALLOY WHEELS *** FRONT AND REAR PARK ASSIST WITH CAMERA *** Dual Climate Control, CD Stereo with Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, Heated Steering Wheel with Audio Controls, Heads-Up Display, Power Features and Side Air Bags. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee (not required by law). Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer.
Cadillac ATS 2013 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
112,623 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Luxury
Dependable Auto Sales
91.8 mi away
List$10,800
Est.Loan: $202/mo
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$297 Below Market
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LOADED LEATHER ALLOY WHEELS CUE INFOTAINMENT CLEAN CARFAX ACCIDENT FREE Visit Dependable Auto Sales online at www.dependableautosales.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 410-287-5171 today to schedule your test drive.
Cadillac ATS 2013 Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
44,946 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Premium
Audi Richmond
95 mi away
List$19,495
Est.Loan: $355/mo
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AUDI RICHMOND IS A MEMBER OF THE PAGE AUTO GROUP, RICHMOND'S PREMIER AUTOMOTIVE FAMILY, AND A NAME YOU CAN TRUST. BE SURE AND CHECK OUT ALL OF THE OPTIONS AND FEATURES THIS VEHICLE HAS TO OFFER. THIS IS THE VEHICLE YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR..BUT IT WON'T BE HERE FOR LONG!! CALL US NOW TO SCHEDULE A TEST DRIVE!! New Price! Clean CARFAX. Black Raven 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0L Turbo Premium RWD 6-Speed 2.0L Turbo I4 DI DOHC VVT Adaptive Remote Start, Auto-Dimming Inside Rear-View Mirror, Bose Premium Surround Sound 10-Speaker System, Cadillac User Experience (CUE) Navigation, Color Information Display w8' Touch Screen, Driver Front Passenger Seat Adjusters, Driver Awareness Package, Extra Capacity Cooling System, Forward Collision Alert, Head-Up Display, High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps, Illuminating Outside Door Handles, Interface Auxiliary Device Connectivity, Keyless Access Passive Entry, Limited Slip Rear Mechanical Differential, Luxury Package, Magnetic Ride Control, Memory Package, Midnight Chrome Accented Grille, Navigation System, Outside Heated Power-Adjustable Mirrors, Performance Seats, Performance Suspension, Premium Package, Rainsense Wipers, Rear Thorax Air Bags, Rear-View Backup Camera, Seating Package, Single Disc CD Player, SiriusXM HD Audio System, Split-Folding Rear Seat, Sport Aluminum Alloy Pedals, Steering Wheel Mounted Paddle Shift Controls, Ultrasonic Front Parking Assist, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, Universal Home Remote. Recent Arrival! 3121 HighwayCity MPG Awards: * Ward's 10 Best Engines * NACTOY 2013 North American Car of the Year
Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
76,580 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
(1)
Jeff D'Ambrosio Chevrolet
95.1 mi away
List$15,990
Est.Loan: $291/mo
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
77,154 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
CarMax
95.7 mi away
List$14,998
Est.Loan: $280/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, NC, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in VA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (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.
Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
82,471 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
KARGAR MOTORS OF MANASSAS
18.8 mi away
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
57,024 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
(47)
Jim Coleman Honda
31.6 mi away
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
66,790 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
Colonial Mitsubishi
84.4 mi away
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Cadillac ATS 2013 Standard 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
70,177 miles
Used 2013
Cadillac ATS
Standard
(7)
Hertrich Chevrolet
90 mi away
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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.

2013 Cadillac ATS configurations

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.

2013 Highlights

The 2013 Cadillac ATS is an all-new model.

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.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2013 Cadillac ATS.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

ATS V6 AWD Performance
thomas78,06/07/2013
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!!!
oshkosh49,08/13/2013
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,03/30/2013
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,03/25/2013
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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