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2013 Cadillac ATS Base Sedan

2013 Cadillac ATS Review

(0 Stars)  Taking aim at the BMW 3 Series.

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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.
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.

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2013 ATS Base Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.0L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 20 MPG city, 30 MPG highway, 24 MPG combined and 384 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
16.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 272 hp @ 5,500 rpm; 260 ft lb of torque @ 1,700 rpm

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'13 Cadillac Base Sedan 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
Side Air Bag(s)
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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