Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L V6

Superb steering


Where the ATS differs from its Cadillac roots, is in its steering feel. While some luxury automakers have an overly-fake steering feel, the ATS is firm but natural. Steering feel is one of those things that can ruin an otherwise good car, but here a properly executed system makes the ATS feel like it belongs in the upper echelons of sport sedans.

Pair that feel with the car’s low weight, superb brakes and magical Magnetic Ride Control and the ATS handles unlike any Cadillac ever before – save for the CTS-V.

  • 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!