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Cadillac ATS: 2013 Car of the Year

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Monday, January 14, 2013
Posted: 2 pm ET

The Cadillac ATS has won the prestigious 2013 North American Car of the Year today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Cadillac ATS was named the winner, beating out the Ford Fusion and the Honda Accord.

The Cadillac ATS is new for 2013. The compact luxury sedan is the least expensive model that Cadillac builds, with a starting price of $33,095. Designed for performance, the ATS comes standard with sport suspension, 17-inch wheels, rear-wheel drive, and a 202-horsepower, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. Two other engines, a 272-horsepower, 2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, and a 321-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6, are available. It also comes in an optional all-wheel-drive version. All of the engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, while a six-speed manual is available with the turbocharged engine.

Standard interior features includes keyless access, push-button start, driver-reconfigurable head-up display, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, and Cadillac CUE entertainment and information system. Available features include performance seats with power-adjustable bolsters, navigation, rear-view camera, forward-collision and blind-spot alert systems, lane-departure warning, and adaptive front lighting.

Cadillac U.S. Vice President Don Butler (center-left) and Cadillac Global Vice President Bob Ferguson (center-right) receive the trophy naming the Cadillac ATS the 2013 North American Car of the Year.

The prestigious award is given by a group of 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. The group initially considers all cars that are new or substantially redesigned for 2013.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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January 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I have my eye on the 2 Liter Turbocharged 6 speed manual model. Having walked around this car 100 times at our Auto Show I had togo to the dealer to finally drive one.

I am totally addicted and now simply NEED THIS CAR! The exterior lines and finish, the stylish interior and let's face it the driving performance are way above the crowd. It is the sexiest Little Cadillac ever buil.

I understand it's the first time Cadillac has ever paired an engine so small with a manual transmission (option) and this much performance.

Thanks Cadillac for sticking to your guns to develop cars "todays market" want.


Eric Sheldon
January 25, 2013 at 9:48 am

Bot an ATS last October, after looking at Audi, Infiniti, Lexus, Ford Fusion, Nissan and BMW. Really like the handling and performance with the 3.6 litre engine. In essence I traded two cars (Altima Coupe and Mazda MX-5) and wanted something that had the styling and road car characteristics of the former and was really fun to drive as the latter...) So far no complaints although the CUE (navigation, entertainment, climate control system) takes some getting used to. A throw back to the old muscle cars (GTO, 442, and Chevy 396 SS) but better built and with better handling.