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Cadillac ATS: 2013 Car of the Year

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
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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133 Comments
William Hewitt
January 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

KEN on January 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm
..."completly happy with my american car and truck..no trouble what so ever and my wifes monte has 100k miles and my daughter 2001 grand am has 213k miles..no issues other then maintence stuff,,,,,brakes struts etc..the big 3 have improved there quality 100 % in the last few years,,,to bad more AMERICANS dont give them another chance..i did..i see no reason why i should buy a toyota or honda"...

You make a good point, but losing customers isn't difficult - it's winning them back that is often next to impossible.
The Asian automakers offered a much better product, an' many American buyers had the revelation that when better cars were built, American automakers WOULDN'T build them - Asian and German automakers would.
Many American buyers felt that GM, Ford, Chrysler had taken them for granted with shoddy products and workmanship - and they were right. Many will never give those companies another chance to sucker-punch them - an' certainly not in a poor economy.
The American automakers did this to themselves, and (no offense intended to any union members reading this) with the union influence still there, they haven't yet solved all their problems.

ken
January 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

by the way bob toyota camrys are built in georgetown ky with over flow in lafyette indiana...theres also a toyota plant north of evansville indiana,,,,get ur facts in a row

ken
January 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

completlyhappy with my american car and truck..no trouble what so ever and my wifes monte has 100k miles and my daughter 2001 grand am has 213k miles..no issues other then maintence stuff,,,,,brakes struts etc..the big 3 have improved there quality 100 % in the last few years,,,to bad more AMERICANS dont give them another chance..i did..i see no reason why i should buy a toyota or honda

Bob
January 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm

The most American made car today is a Toyota made in Tennessee. GM uses more foreign parts in their cars than Honda, Toyota, or Subaru. Same with Ford and Chrysler. All three of these foreign manufacturers build cars sold in America built in America.

If you really advocate buy American, it is Toyota, then Honda, then Ford, then GM. The buy Amaerican campaigns are all to try and save what are becoming increasingly more irrelevant union jobs.

Karen
January 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I am still lamenting the loss of Saturn. I bought a Saturn in 1998, and the car is still running extremely well, despite a mileage of over 150,000! I had one mechanic tell me that he rarely sees major problems with the Saturns, and that many Saturn owners keep their cars until the cars (or the owners!) are completely dead! Talk about an American-made car that was more than worth the money! I'd love to hear from some of these Caddy owners 20 years down the road!

Ken
January 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Looked at this model on display in a local mall.

When will General Motors eliminate plastic fake chrome trim from their cars, especially the Caddy line? It so cheapens its appearance, to the point of turnoff for me.

William Hewitt
January 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Chris said...
"Economics 101-Those foreign brands do all of their research and development overseas. That hurts American's ability to compete in manufacturing. These trade deficits are why we have so many people out of work. Buy American cars and we will have a much lower unemployment rate."
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More people WOULD 'buy American cars' (out of patriotism, if nothing else) IF the quality and reliability was equivalent on a dollar-for-dollar basis with their Asian (an' German/European) competition.
When you're out in traffic, count how many really old examples of American brands are out there as compared to, say, how many Asian brands of an equal age...I see more Hondas and Toyotas than all current and defunct American brands put together - many more!
Send thank-you cards to the union bosses an' their bought-and-paid-for politicians for making it virtually impossible for American auto-makers to be competitive with their Asian counterparts...America has genuinely begun to close the "quality & dependability" gap with Asian and European makes, but they still lag behind - just read Consumer Reports!
It isn't that NO American car will last a half-million miles, but the odds are still very much against it, and that's just not the case with Honda, Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, etc.
After having owned six different GM automobiles, I bought my first import in 1977, and I have never purchased another American car. It's not becasue I wouldn't like to, but America still builds obsolescence and lower dependability into their cars. Why pay to subsidize the greedy unions? I refuse to....

LACR4
January 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I purchased a new GMC Acadia in 2008 and it has been the biggest lemon I have ever owned. Electronic transmission constantly needing adjustments, replaced steering column twice, countless recalls, etc., etc. The list is long and varied. My husband has had a Lexus for the past 14+ years and NEVER has had a problem. I would love to buy "American" but can't afford to support union labor building inferior products. Lexus is next for me.

KEN
January 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

R WOODWORTH,,,,,give us a break,,,,,it was a commercial..put any pick-up, say a dodge with a hemi in low creeper gear could pull that shuttle 5 mph..like any commerical is about who wants to pay the price. Go to any airport and watch those little fork trucks pull or push those 787;s around...theres no doubt i could pull that shuttle 5 mph with my gmc 6.0 liter in creeper low....DUH

Chris
January 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm

R. Woodworth,

Economics 101-Those foreign brands do all of their research and development overseas.That hurts American's ability to compete in manufacturing.These trade deficts are why we have so many people out of work.Buy American cars and we will have a much lower unemployment rate.