Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L V6

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L V6

AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection

This week we have another Five-Point Inspection for you, focusing on the six-cylinder 2013 Cadillac ATS. The ATS is a rear-wheel drive sport-sedan, with a starting price of $33,095.

That price grants you access into the 2.5L four-cylinder model, hardly a sporting choice. With a V6, the ATS starts at $42,090, and the model we tested was the Performance package that costs $47,590.

Does Cadillac have what it takes to run with the Germans in the sport sedan segment? We take a look at five reasons why you should, or shouldn’t consider a Cadillac ATS.

  • Seems to me that your evaluation should have included tiny facts like:
    The 6 cylinder is only three tenths of a second faster than than the turbo 2.0
    The turbo 2.0 gets considerably better gas mileage and gives up little in trade.
    The 2.0 would be less costly than the six.
    The BMW 3 series is still faster and is still a better overall vehicle, but Cadillac definitely made strides.
    Now, this fact, you couldn’t have included.  I tested Cadillac’s CUE system, which claims immediate response to natural speak.  I got delays and repeated misunderstandings of what I instructed.  Almost every time, it asked me to repeat myself.  The navigation system is irritating as it gives you a long speech after it finally gets your address entered from voice commands.
    The salesman justified this with the intelligent statement of…”Well, most people just punch it in themselves thru the screen.”  WHAT???  This is a sales pitch???  I think not!