About That Car: In Praise of the 2013 Cadillac ATS

6/7/2013, 8:21 a.m.
During the last two to three product generations, Cadillac has made quantum leaps in its offering.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS was named North American Car of the Year at this year’s Detroit auto show.

And the test vehicle was chock full of stuff. The standard equipment on the turbo included: adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, blindside alert (optional), driver awareness package (lane departure alert), a heads up display, push button start and stop as well as push button lock and unlock.

While backing out of the driveway, the ATS abruptly halted. There was a car coming down the street. The rear cross traffic alert thought it too close and stopped the car.

The ATS’ advanced security package seemed to be a good idea. It featured tamper resistance, tilt sensor, fuel filler door remote lock, locking wheel lugs and a steering column lock.

Cadillac took a beating in the press because of the ease with which the Cadillac Escalade could be pilfered. It was obvious that the automaker will not make the same mistake with future products.

The test vehicle, which was the 2013 Cadillac ATS AWD Premium Collection, had a base price of $45,995. With options, the total was $51,105. That seemed a little steep for a car without a moon-roof.

Still, the ATS is more than capable of being Cadillac’s entry-level car that will compete with the best entry level offerings from Europe.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com