The Good The 2013 Cadillac ATS handles extremely well, whether in the daily commute or spirited driving. Driver assistance features help prevent accidents, and the cabin electronics offer first-rate navigation and digital-audio capabilities.
The Bad The CUE cabin electronics interface's response times are far too slow. The suspension can jar harshly over bumps.
The Bottom Line The 2013 Cadillac ATS is a fun, nimble little luxury car that offers an easy all-around driving experience, and while its cabin electronics features are solid, the touch-screen performance proves frustrating.
Heavy on horsepower, skimpy on silicon
For a few years, it seemed like Cadillac's only passenger car was the, offered in sedan, wagon, and coupe variants, but now America's oldest luxury brand has been setting about expanding its lineup, last year releasing the and the ATS. The latter is the new entry-level Cadillac, a car built from the ground up to compete with that perennial champ of the compact sport segment, the BMW 3 Series.
The ATS presents itself with the sharp lines of Cadillac's Art and Science design language, looking like a shortened CTS. This look may not appeal to everyone, but it makes the car instantly recognizable and sets the brand apart. Vertical light pipes in the headlight casings also lend a unique look to the ATS at night.
Cadillac makes the ATS available with three different engines, and with trims labeled Luxury, Performance, and Premium the car can appeal to first-time luxury buyers and driving-glove-wearing adrenaline junkies. The engines range from an economical 2.5-liter four-cylinder through a 2-liter turbo to a 3.6-liter V-6, all using direct injection to increase efficiency.