The 2013 Cadillac ATS tops our long list of cars we’ve been looking forward to driving this year.. Could the American luxury sedan be good enough to take on the Germans and the Japanese? On the latest episode of Wide Open Throttle¸ Motor Trend associate editor Scott Evans heads to Atlanta to test out the ATS on public roads and a closed track.
Cadillac has made its goal clear with the ATS. The premium four-door should be luxurious and sporty, two traits Evans explores during his short time with Caddy’s sedan. Inside, he’s impressed by the leather-wrapped dashboard with contrast stitching, beautiful wood accents, and hushed road noise. On the track, he samples an ATS fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, one of three powertrains Cadillac is offering with the sedan. Evans says the 270-hp turbo-four is plenty strong and even has a decent engine note. The ATS handled well on the track, exhibiting balance and control often found on BMWs.
Speaking of which, the BMW 3 Series is the ATS’ main target in the crowded entry-level luxury sedan segment. Naturally, a head-to-head comparison with the BMW is in the works, so stay tuned to see how they match up.