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A Closer Look at the 2013 Cadillac ATS

June 11th, 2013

compact luxury sedanBrowse the website for the 2013 Cadillac ATS and you’ll quickly see pictures of the sleek compact luxury sedan driving stylishly. Visitors can pick from ten color options to view the car and get a feel for which 2013 Cadillac ATS they like the best. ‘The All-New Cadillac ATS; Build to be the world’s best’ the website reads.

Buying a new car is an exciting time, especially when you have the budget to find a car that you’re truly passionate about. While Cadillac is known for luxurious, stylish vehicles, the brand is unique in the fact that its car options are limited when compared to companies like BMW and Audi. Until 2012, Cadillac exclusively offered larger models, which left folks looking at other companies for a compact luxury sedan when they were buying a new car.

“Cadillac is finally coming around to the idea that bigger is not always better. It has created the new ATS specifically to battle the aforementioned sporty compact sedans,” an article on Car and Driver states.

Since its release, the 2013 Cadillac ATS has become a well-liked compact luxury sedan by car experts and journalists. In fact, the automobile won the 2013 North American Car of the Year and 2012 Esquire Car of the Year.

“From behind the wheel, the ATS makes an excellent first impression, with a good driving position combined with superb sightlines delivered in part by reasonably thin A-pillars,” states Car and Driver.

However, when it really comes down to it – do the opinions of journalists and car experts really matter to you when you’re buying a new car? Typically, consumers trust other consumers, and that’s why it’s important to check out consumer reviews to truly understand the pros and cons of the 2013 Cadillac ATS. And unfortunately, according to our consumer reviews, the 2013 Cadillac ATS leaves a few things be desired, especially when compared to the Audi A4 and BMW 328i.

Rated 3.6 out of 5 by our consumer reviews panel, the 2013 Cadillac ATS to be ‘below average’ on exterior appearance, rear seat environment, driver visibility and value for the money by our testers. With a MSRP of $33,095, the 2013 Cadillac ATS is priced in the middle of the compact luxury sedan segment when compared to other automobiles, such as the Mercedes C250.

The testers in our consumer reviews panel reported that this compact luxury sedan was best in segment for front seat storage, with impressive front cup holders, door storage and instrument panel storage. Unfortunately, however, the consumer reviews panel reported that the glove box compact luxury sedanspace was impeded by the CD player and the center control contained an aux and USB jacks as well as a storage card slot that went unnoticed by some drivers.

For the 2013 Cadillac ATS, it truly comes down to a matter of opinion. If you’re buying a new car and in the market for a compact luxury sedan, this automobile is worth checking out but has some definite flaws. Though it’s well liked by much of the car community, our consumer reviews comparison shares alternative insights. Start your comparison today, and then take this automobile on a test drive to see if it matches your want list.