2013 Cadillac ATS

Base RWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 auto trans

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Cadillac has been obsessed with the German luxury carmakers at least since the Bob Lutz era (with the first CTS and the last STS), if not before (with the Catera). And by German luxury carmakers, we really mean BMW. The new ATS could be seen as just another arrow launched in the direction of the industry's most oft-sited target -- the 3-series -- but that underestimates the comprehensive nature of this effort.

Size Matters

You might remember that the CTS was supposed to face down the 3-series. Good as it is, however, the CTS is too big and too heavy to be a direct 3-series competitor. Instead, it's a 'tweener car, priced near the 3-series but closer in size to the 5-series. Odd as it may seem to Supersize America, where bigger is always supposed to be better, this hasn't really been an advantage. According to ATS chief engineer Dave Masch, one of the things Cadillac learned from its time spent with owners of competitive vehicles (the 3-series as well as the Audi A4, the Lexus IS, and the Mercedes-Benz C-class) was that "buyers didn't want a bigger vehicle."
At 182.8 inches long and 71.1 inches wide, the ATS is within half an inch of its bogey car, the 3-series. It also falls about midway between the smaller C-class and the larger A4. The 109.3-inch wheelbase again sits between the Mercedes and the Audi but is 1.3 inches smaller than the BMW. That last fact partly explains why the rear seat in the ATS is tighter than the one in the new 3-series, which is larger in every dimension (legroom, headroom, and shoulder room); so too in the Audi A4's. For a six-foot passenger sitting behind a six-foot driver, legroom is fine and headroom is adequate, but foot room is tight and the low-cut door opening and large wheelhouse impede ingress and egress. Space up front is fine, where the driver faces a relatively narrow windshield, a shallow dash, and thin A-pillars (which look almost anorexic compared with the General Motors norm). Engineers fine-tuned the driver's relationship to his surroundings, moving the shifter closer than usual, raising the armrest on the door, carefully positioning the dead pedal, and using a floor-hinged accelerator. The net effect is that the ATS comes across as a car that you actively drive, rather than one you sit in.

Calling Jenny Craig

Keeping size in check is all well and good, but the payoff would be meager unless Cadillac engineers could do the same with weight. GM has an embarrassing history of producing big-boned vehicles, packing more pounds than their similar-size competitors. To fight those fat genes, the ATS rides on an all-new rear-wheel-drive architecture rather than a cut-down CTS platform. Masch claims that "virtually nothing" in the chassis was carried over. Losing weight isn't easy -- as anyone who has tried it knows -- and Cadillac engineers looked for savings both big and small. Some examples: the connecting rods have a higher copper content to save weight, the speaker magnets are lighter, the wheel-well liners use a new material that's lighter (and also reduces noise), the sheetmetal is scalloped at the flange welds, rear suspension links have lightening holes, and aluminum is used for the engine cradle and the transmission case. The end result is that the ATS could star in its own Jenny Craig commercial. With two-wheel-drive curb weights ranging from 3315 to 3461 pounds, the ATS is as much as 150 pounds lighter than the equivalent Audi, BMW, Lexus, or Mercedes.
Beyond specs and dimensions, there was another goal for the ATS: "We wanted it to be quick, nimble, and fun," says vehicle line executive David Leone. The only way to test that claim is to drive it. Our route took us from the urban environs of Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood through the metro area's famously crowded freeways and out past the far northern fringes of the suburban sprawl to the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest -- and Atlanta Motorsports Park.

A 2.5 to Start

Appropriately, we started off in a car equipped with the base entrant in the ATS's three-engine lineup. It's a 202-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder that comes only with a six-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. This four-cylinder may sound like weak sauce, but its power output is right there with the C250 (201 hp) and not far off of the A4 2.0T (211 hp). It's also on par with the Lexus IS250's similarly sized V-6 (204 hp). This normally aspirated four-cylinder doesn't fare quite as well in the torque department, however, with 191 lb-ft available at 4400 rpm. The turbocharged Mercedes and Audi engines both have a lot more torque and, equally important, serve it up at lower rpm. Thus, they both outhustle the ATS from 0 to 60 mph (Cadillac puts the 2.5-liter's time at 7.5 seconds, which is a full second behind the Audi). The 2.5, though, is acceptable in this application and doesn't feel or sound strained. In fact, the ATS is quiet overall. The standard suspension feels alert but compliant, although Atlanta's smooth pavement isn't much of a test of ride quality. The steering is quite light at low speeds but firms up once you reach 35 to 40 mph; it's also very quick, a sense that's exacerbated by the small wheel.

MisCUE

This particular ATS is a Luxury model, which is number two in the hierarchy: base, Luxury, Performance, and Premium. Leather is standard with this trim level and comes in five different color combinations: all black, red and black, beige and brown, beige and black, and caramel and black. The all-black interior is matched with brushed-metal trim with a block pattern design; other trim materials include three different woods and carbon fiber. Gloss black adorns the center stack and the steering wheel.
The Luxury trim level and above nets you Cadillac's new Cue interface (which debuted on the XTS). This system is functionally very similar to the loudly, and justifiably, criticized MyFord Touch/MyLincoln Touch. Cadillac banishes all knobs -- even for audio volume -- in favor of a gloss-black panel with raised ridges that indicate the touch points. To its credit, the touch spots here at least are larger than the tiny dots on Ford's system, and the spot vibrates to let you know that you've touched it successfully. But it's not as reliably responsive as a physical button and, unlike a knob, can't be operated by feel. What it does do well is look neat.
The other element to Cue is the eight-inch touch screen, which has a few new ideas that are actually good. For instance, the screen reverts to a cleaner image (full map, for example) after a few seconds, but when you reach your hand toward it, the formerly hidden buttons appear. Also, you can pinch to zoom (just like on an iPad!), although that ends up not working so well in a moving car. Dragging your finger across the screen moves the map, which is an easy way to scroll ahead and see what's coming up. Entering a destination, though, is a laborious, all-touch-screen process, in which the address is typed in as a single, long entry (rather than state, city, street). It's almost enough to force you to use the voice-recognition function.

A Familiar Six

Next, we jumped into an ATS with the largest engine offered. This is the lone six-cylinder, Cadillac's 3.6-liter, which does duty in the CTS as well. Here it makes 321 hp, which beats not only the 335i (300 hp) but also the C350 (302 hp) and the IS350 (306 hp). And while the 275 lb-ft of torque output of the Caddy V-6 is virtually identical to that of its normally aspirated competitors -- the C350 and the IS350 -- again the turbocharged engine, BMW's straight six, has an advantage, with 300 lb-ft. Cadillac is offering the V-6 exclusively with the six-speed automatic, but there is a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. With the former, the factory-estimated 0-to-60-mph time is 5.4 seconds, exactly the same as that of the 335i. That's a strong number, and indeed it is a strong performer. The V-6 has plenty of power and linear throttle response, and it sounds good as the revs climb. This car is the Performance trim level, which includes oversize, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles (no need to move the gear lever out of Drive to use them) as well as sport seats with adjustable side bolsters, upgraded front lighting, and other lesser items. Oddly, it does not include Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control, summer performance tires, or a limited-slip differential, which together with upgraded engine cooling and wider rear wheels make up the FE3 suspension package. That's available only on the top-spec Premium version, which is where we headed next.

Turbo Time

Our Premium-spec ATS was equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. This engine is likely to account for about half of ATS volume (with the 2.5-liter and the V-6 splitting the other half), and it's available in the most permutations. It can be had with all four trim levels, with rear- or all-wheel drive, and the 2.0-liter alone offers a six-speed manual transmission in addition to the automatic. The specs on the 2.0 are 272 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. That beats the BMW 328i's engine by 32 hp and 5 lb-ft.
Unfortunately, like so many direct-injected turbo four-cylinders, this 2.0-liter is less than melodic going about its work. The good news is that it does its work extremely well. Throttle response is linear and predictable. The full measure of torque is available across a wide rev band from 1700 to 5500 rpm, and that makes this engine almost seem livelier than the V-6 (factory measurements put it 0.3 second behind its bigger brother, at 5.7 seconds to 60 mph). Aggressive driving through empty, curving two-lanes called up the automatic's performance shift program, which downshifted entering fast corners and held off upshifts when we suddenly lifted off the throttle. Equally impressive, though, was Magnetic Ride Control together with the Bridgestone Potenza performance rubber, which really enhance the feeling of connectedness that you get through the chassis. There are two suspension settings, tour and sport, and there's not a whole lot of difference between them; sport firms things up a bit but doesn't aggressively squelch body motions -- meaning you might actually be able to use it where the roads aren't perfect.

On track

Unsurprisingly, all the cars at the track were equipped with this package. The available powertrains were V-6/automatic and turbo/manual. Again, as out on the street, the turbo felt very much like it could run with the six, although the V-6 flexes its muscles as the speed climbs. The stick-shift four-cylinder car boasts 50/50 weight distribution (the six is a couple percentage points heavier up front), and the ATS proved to be balanced and responsive on this fairly tight track, which also features plenty of elevation changes. With the stability control in competition mode, the ATS can be coaxed into oversteer, but the electronics still keep things on a short leash. (The system also can be shut off completely.) All but the base 2.5-liter ATS use Brembo front brakes, and they never faded despite repeated laps. The automatic transmission was a champ in this environment, its performance algorithm choosing gears so well that there was no need to reach for the paddles; the only flaw was an occasionally abrupt two-gear downshift. With the manual, meanwhile, a hurried third-to-second downshift sometimes had the lever missing the second-gear gate and heading off in the direction of reverse. The throws are short, however, and the clutch is friendly. That was particularly important on our drive back to the city, where we got caught in a multimile traffic jam on the Georgia 400 freeway. Welcome to Atlanta.
And welcome, Cadillac, to a place you've long wanted to be. The ATS is a solid effort that at last puts a Cadillac on par with the German competitors it has fixated on for so long.

2013 Cadillac ATS

Price: $33,990/$35,795/$42,090 (2.5L/2.0L turbo/3.6L)
Engines: 2.5L I-4, 202 hp, 191 lb-ft; 2.0L turbocharged I-4, 272 hp, 260 lb-ft; 3.6L V-6, 321 hp, 275 lb-ft
Drive: Rear- or 4-wheel
EPA mileage: 22/33 mpg (2.5L)
2013 Cadillac ATS
2013 Cadillac ATS

New For 2013

Cadillac engineered the ATS sport sedan from the ground up, starting with extensive work on its new Alpha rear-wheel-drive platform, a luxurious interior with the touch-capacitive CUE infotainment system, and a handsome exterior. Smaller than the CTS, the ATS takes direct aim at the heart of the luxury sport sedan market—the Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Infiniti G37, and Mercedes-Benz C-class.

Overview

General Motors put all of its engineering know-how into the new Alpha platform on which the rear-wheel-drive ATS is built, and, in fact, the new lightweight vehicle architecture will go on to underpin the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac CTS. To bring home the message that the ATS will be a driver’s car, Germany’s famed Nürburgring served as a key development ground. Powering the ATS are three available engines. The base powerplant, which is quite smooth, is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 200 hp. The most powerful is the same 3.6-liter V-6 found in the CTS and other GM products that is known for its strong and smooth power delivery; here it is rated at 320 hp. The third engine is all-new and was specifically developed for the ATS: a 2.0-liter turbocharged in-line four-cylinder that produces a BMW 328i–besting 270 hp. Manual and automatic transmissions are offered, both with six speeds. Rear-wheel drive is standard, as befitting a performance-oriented sedan; all-wheel drive is an option. As far as styling goes, Cadillac’s Art & Science design language has been toned down here with fewer angles and more traditional proportions, but the ATS is still unmistakably a Cadillac—and one that proves to be very entertaining to drive, as well.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; stability and traction control; rear parking sensors; OnStar with automatic crash notification and emergency services; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard. Lane-departure warning, forward-collision alert, a vibrating Safety Alert Seat, blind-zone alert, automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control are optional.

You'll like:

  • Stylish Design
  • Advanced technology
  • Lightweight

You won't like:

  • Brand cache
  • Small back seat

Key Competitors For The 2013 Cadillac ATS

  • Audi A4
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Infiniti G37
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
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"Everyone who gets behind the wheel, even non-enthusiasts, instantly notice how sharp and eager the ATS feels."

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2013 Cadillac Ats Specifications

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Engine
2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
33 MPG
Horsepower:
202 hp @ 6300rpm
Torque:
190 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
70,000 miles / 72 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 72 months
Roadside
70,000 miles / 72 months
Maintenance
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac ATS and model year 2013 Cadillac XTS; model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala; and 2013 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles. Originally, in May 2013, GM recalled 1,627 model year 2013 Cadillac ATS and model year 2013 Cadillac XTS; and model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles. In October 2013, GM informed the agency that it was adding model year 2013 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles to this campaign , representing an additional 8,050 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 9,677. On the affected vehicles, the brake lamps may intermittently flash without the brakes being applied and the cruise control may disengage. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."
Consequences
If the brake lamps flash when the vehicle is not slowing, a following driver may not adjust vehicle speed when the vehicle is in fact braking, and the brake lamps are illuminating as intended, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the body control module. The recall began on June 13, 2013. Owner's may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339. GM's recall number is 13158.
Potential Units Affected
10,210
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac ATS and model year 2013 Cadillac XTS; model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala; and 2013 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles. Originally, in May 2013, GM recalled 1,627 model year 2013 Cadillac ATS and model year 2013 Cadillac XTS; and model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles. In October 2013, GM informed the agency that it was adding model year 2013 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles to this campaign , representing an additional 8,050 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 9,677. On the affected vehicles, the brake lamps may intermittently flash without the brakes being applied and the cruise control may disengage. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."
Consequences
If the brake lamps flash when the vehicle is not slowing, a following driver may not adjust vehicle speed when the vehicle is in fact braking, and the brake lamps are illuminating as intended, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the body control module. The recall began on June 13, 2013. Owner's may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339. GM's recall number is 13158.
Potential Units Affected
10,210
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 23, 2012, to March 20, 2014, and 2014 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured June 10, 2013, to March 20, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable may detach from either the bracket on the transmission shifter or the bracket on the transmission.
Consequences
If the transmission shift cable detaches while the vehicle is being driven, the transmission gear selection may not match the indicated gear and the vehicle may move in an unintended or unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash. Furthermore, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, despite selecting the 'PARK' position, the transmission may not be in 'PARK.' If the vehicle is not in the 'PARK' position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure the cable is properly seated at the transmission and shifter brackets, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14179.
Potential Units Affected
90,750
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SEATS
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Buick Encore and Cadillac ATS; 2014 Cadillac CTS, ELR, Chevrolet Caprice and SS vehicles; and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Trucks. Due to an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, the front seats in the affected vehicles may not stay secured in place during a high load condition such as a crash.
Consequences
A seat that does not stay secured increases the risk of occupant injury in a vehicle crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat hook bracket assembly weld and replace the lower seat track, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on August 15, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14340.
Potential Units Affected
124,007
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SEAT BELTS:FRONT
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured August 23, 2012, to March 1, 2013, and model year 2013 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 23, 2012, to May 1, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the driver and passenger lap belt pretensioner cables may not lock in a retracted position, allowing the seat belts to extend when pulled upon.
Consequences
If the seat belts do not remain locked in the retracted position when under load, the seat occupant may not be adequately restrained in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front the driver's and the passenger's lap belt pretensioners, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. GM sent interim notifications on October 7, 2014 and will send a second notification when remedy parts are available. The recall began on November 20, 2014. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, or Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14171.
Potential Units Affected
48,114
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2016 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to June 25, 2015. The affected vehicles may experience the roof panel closing automatically when the non-recessed switches are pressed and the roof panel is open. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 118, "Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems."
Consequences
Because the switch is not recessed, the roof panel switch may inadvertently be pressed resulting in unintended auto-closure of the roof panel, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Remedy
GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the roof console accessory switch trim plate, free of charge. The recall began on August 19, 2015. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 15568. Note this recall supersedes 15V-106.
Potential Units Affected
63,665
Notes
General Motors LLC


IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2013 Cadillac ATS

Depreciation
30.9%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$10,942
30.9%
Insurance
$8,110
22.9%
Fuel Cost
$9,487
26.8%
Financing
$2,642
7.5%
Maintenance
$2,693
7.6%
Repair Costs
$1,109
3.1%
State Fees
$396
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $35,379 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent