The ATS is all new for 2013. Cadillac has finally decided to produce a car to go head-to-head with German compact sedans, namely the BMW 3-series and the Audi A4. The Cadillac ATS puts a firm emphasis on world-class performance and handling to create a car that matches its European counterparts in terms of chassis dynamics and power. Comfort has not been neglected and the ATS comes well equipped, with Cadillac's brand new CUE entertainment system being a notable option.
Excellent handling; rear-wheel-drive; a variety of fuel efficient engines; traditional Cadillac luxury
The Cadillac ATS competes with other compact luxury cars from BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Lexus. While previous efforts had focused on comfort over performance, the ATS represents a firm departure from this strategy, Cadillac opting to match BMW with a strong emphasis on rear-wheel-drive handling and a lightweight body structure. The ATS starts at about $33,000, undercutting the price of a 3-series BMW by about $3,000.