Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L V6

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L V6

High-Tech and Safety Features Compliment Each Other.

A newly established trend in luxury cars involves loading the vehicle with the latest and greatest technology. The ATS features Cadillac’s User Experience, (CUE) which is a new and unique infotainment system. While the system’s capacitive touch-screen and proximity sensors are two highlights of the car, they also make for a potentially lengthy (and dangerous) distraction.

Luckily, the Cadillac ATS also features the latest safety technology to help get your eyes back on the road when it matters. A lane assist feature subtly vibrates your seat when you’re drifting over the lines and a collision alert also lets you know that you’re quickly approaching another vehicle, perhaps because you’ve been fiddling with CUE for too long. Separately these two elements are interesting tech-demos of what can be done, together they’re a superb realization of just how technology should be used in a car.

  • 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!