Did someone say road trip? That’s just what I did with the 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6 to get a real feel for the Cadillac luxury sedan.
Two friends joined me for a day trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania just to see how good this car really was. One friend up front and the other in the back, we programmed Cadillac’s navigation system via its technology offering CUE to head north and “avoid slow moving traffic.” Its options like this that makes the newer versions of the navigation system easier to use.
While we were comfortable up front, the back wasn’t as roomy as my passenger would have liked in the back with two very tall people in the front seats. (If we were shorter and could offer more rear leg room, maybe two people could actually fit into the back).
The interior design was thoughtful and modern. Cadillac has given great attention to detail, offering plenty of compartments for gadgets, cup holders, door space and hidden spots for values and other things. The touch screen CUE system handles your entertainment, navigation and heating and cooling options. There are also multiple auxiliary outlets for to power phones and sync iPod, iPads and other gadgets to the vehicle.
The Cadillac ATS was smooth and glided on the highway. As we drove through picturesque Maryland countryside, avoiding the congestion on a Friday afternoon on 95 North, the Cadillac quietly whisked through the hills and winding roads.
Packed with power, the Cadillac ATS 3.6 V6 engine is strong – great acceleration and power and paired well to the automatic transmission. I liked the vehicle steering a lot too.
As a safety option, the ATS has active seat bolsters that buzz when you improperly change lane or are approaching a vehicle too quickly. Additionally, there’s the flashing impending collision warning paired with the buzz. This function could also help drivers who fall asleep and offer some safety assistance for those reckless drivers who text while driving.
Surprisingly, I got great gas mileage on the Cadillac ATS too. Upon arriving from DC to Philadelphia, I only used a little more than a half tank of gas.
Spin Control: With a base price of $47,590, you’re getting great luxury at an economical price with the Cadillac ATS. It’s not your grandfather’s Cadillac, but the tradition of the company is still felt!
Industry Status: Grade A