2013 Cadillac ATS Overview
2013 Cadillac ATS Overview
The 2013 Cadillac ATS is an all-new model offered by Cadillac. It is a five-passenger, luxury sport sedan and is a great choice for the entry-level buyer. It has all the unique styling that Cadillac is known for, but in a much smaller package. The ATS is aimed at the small, luxury sport sedan market that the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are known for.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS uses rear-wheel drive and a small but powerful engine to give it the sports car feel without the muscle car fuel consumption. It has the option of a smaller 2.5-liter engine as well as a larger V-6 engine for those who just can’t come to grips with only four-cylinders. The 2013 Cadillac ATS is available in a trio of trim levels that increase the thrill and luxury of the ride with each upgraded trim.
New for 2013
The 2013 Cadillac ATS is an all-new model.
The ATS has the refined style and class that every other Cadillac does with its large grill and sharp lines from beginning to end. The front end is large and commanding, using a large hood to hint that power lies beneath.
The ATS comes in four trim options: the base, Luxury, Performance, and Premium. Standard features include 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, and heated mirrors, while the Luxury adds run-flat tires. The Performance trim add dual-exhaust tips, an upgraded aero grille, and xenon headlights. The top-of-the-line Premium trim adds 18-inch wheels with summer sport tires, a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, and a limited-slip rear differential.
Interior & Cargo
The interior is loaded with wood and metal accents, continuing the look of class and style the exterior boasts. The CUE (Cadillac User Experience) interface works just like today’s smartphone, complete with icons and swiping functionality to access pages. The front seats make the driver and passenger feel secure during more extreme driving conditions, while providing a surprising amount of comfort.
Standard features include cruise control, climate control, power seats, leather vinyl upholstery, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a Bose audio system. The Luxury trim adds keyless entry and ignition, front and rear park assist, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seating, driver memory functions, and the CUE interface. The Performance package adds a Driver Awareness system, an upgraded Bose audio system, and front sport seats. The Premium trim adds a navigation system and color heads-up display.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, active front head restraints, front-seat side and knee airbags, and curtain airbags in the front and back. It also comes with OnStar security features and the optional Driver Awareness and Driver Assistance package.
The 2.5 models come equipped with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 202 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0 Turbo models use a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine rated at 272 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The largest engine offered is the 3.6-liter V-6 which pumps out an impressive 321 hp and 274 lb-ft of torque. All engines come standard with a six-speed automatic engine, but the Turbo model has a choice of a six-speed manual. The rear-wheel-drive layout can be swapped out for all-wheel drive on the Turbo and 3.6 models. The 2.5-liter engine’s fuel economy is EPA-rated at 22/33 mpg city/highway while the V-6 drops to 19/28 mpg city/highway.
The new ATS lineup offers quality driving and performance on all fronts, giving the driver good cornering ability, excellent response from the steering and brakes, and a suspension that is sport-tuned but still offers comfort and cruising speeds. The 2.5-liter engine is the smallest and it is noticeable. The acceleration is somewhat depressing since the ATS looks like it is built for ruling the road. The V-6 is much more powerful and receives little complaints from those who drive it, except for the lack of the manual transmission. It is nice to feel the gearbox shift in your hand but the automatic transmission is no slump; you feel the power in every gear and it just gets better with each additional shift. The Sport mode is a good compromise for those who just cannot imagine driving without the beloved downshift. It knows when to hold a gear and has rev-matched downshifts all manual car lovers want.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Cadillac ATS
- BMW 3-Series
- Infinity G sedan
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class
- Audi A4