Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L V6

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L V6

Superb Rev-Matched Downshifts, Auto is Great Addition to the 3.6L

For those reading the last point and groaning about the lack of a manual transmission for the V6, the good news is that the automatic that’s paired here is a surprisingly competent unit, and again, something fitting for the Cadillac brand.

That means that when left on its own, the automatic changes gears leisurely and without a jolt. However since this is a sport sedan, when you choose to take things into your own hands by using the paddle shifters, the ATS responds quickly. Even more impressive is the rev-matching downshifts that let you hear more of that wonderful V6.

  • Brad Sandefur

    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!


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