• Stylish Design
  • Advanced technology
  • Lightweight
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  • Small back seat
SUM UP Taking aim at the BMW 3 Series.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for ATS in 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...more


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.


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.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Cadillac ATS

  • Audi A4
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Infiniti G37
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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2013 ATS Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning


  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Trunk/Liftgate
  • Power Windows
  • Vehicle Information Center


  • Air Filtration System
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel


  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control


  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Satellite Radio


  • Sport Suspension


  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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