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Used Car: 2013 Cadillac ATS Review

Review Last Updated: 8/18/14

Automotive journalists wrote that the 2013 Cadillac ATS has nimble handling and an impressive engine lineup, but it also has a small back seat and limited trunk space.

The base 2013 Cadillac ATS is powered by a four-cylinder engine that delivers sufficient acceleration, according to test drivers. However, many reviewers preferred the available turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which they said is quite powerful, or the top-of-the-line V6 engine, which delivers lively acceleration and a stirring exhaust note. All 2013 ATS models come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. A six-speed manual is available on the turbocharged model and all-wheel drive is available on the turbocharged and V6 models. Auto critics said the manual transmission’s shifter has short, satisfying throws and the automatic executes prompt shifts. According to the EPA, the base 2013 Cadillac ATS gets 22/33 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. With either the standard suspension or the available adaptive sport suspension, critics thought the ride is firm, but compliant, and the handling is nimble. Most reviewers noted that the ATS’ steering is accurate and its brakes are strong, though some mentioned that some rivals offer better steering and brake pedal feedback.

Test drivers remarked that the 2013 Cadillac ATS’ interior has an attractive design and quality materials. However, critics noted that the ATS doesn't offer much rear-seat knee room, and its trunk is one of the smallest in the class. Standard features include leatherette upholstery, a USB input, satellite radio, Bluetooth and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available features include a sunroof, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, leather upholstery, navigation, Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and a head-up display. The ATS uses touch-sensitive buttons for its audio and climate systems. Some reviewers reported that they’re responsive, but others wished Cadillac had used more traditional buttons and knobs because they'd be easier to use without looking.

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Test drivers noted that the 2013 Buick Regal GS has a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine, composed handling and a comfortable ride. The Regal Turbo and GS models offer quite a bit more trunk space than the ATS as well.

The 2013 BMW 3-Series has a larger trunk than the ATS, and critics noted that its rear seat is quite spacious as well. Automotive experts were impressed with the 3-Series’ sharp handling and potent available turbocharged engines.

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