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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
TERRENCE T. DeSHONE
January 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

Who can disagree with Norman Leathers writing "Just greedy people pushing poorly made products on buyers"? Living in Michiana, where breathtakingly designed Studebakers were made, I saw firsthand how, quoting ED above, "You make them look good but that isn't all to this business." Such is the undeniable norm of American enterprise regardless of the goods or services with the consumers culpable for not focusing on the purpose of their purchase be it transportation, shelter, attire, nutrition or information technology bemuddled by the entertainment aspect. With a sheepish market why shouldn't makers & sellers have "Too much freaking arrogance, their attitude was, if you don't buy one the next Jerk will" quoting Joseph L. Sexton above?

Robert Bruce
January 20, 2013 at 10:37 am

I bought a 1984 Nissan Maxima in 1984, kept if for 16 years, sold it, bought a 2000 Nissan Maxima, still have it, 13 years and still purring away. Regular maintenance, tires, battery, NO major repairs. 'nough said, right?!?!?!?

David D
January 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

Love my 1996 Lincoln Town Car, after seeing what Ford is offering for a Lincoln I rather buy a KIA. I do own a Honda Goldwing made in America. God Bless the USA.

Larry Stebbins
January 20, 2013 at 10:16 am

All of you idiots who buy non-american, should learn how to treat your car right, find a smart affordable mechanic, and then buy American and keep the jobs here!!!

ED
January 20, 2013 at 9:07 am

I agree with all of the above. I also have been in the repair business for 40+ yeras and we still don't make a car that last like the old days. Yes they maybe safer but don't last.
The off shore vehicles are better. My family has owned 2 Mid schale Hyundai's and for 10 to 12 years they run without any major repairs.
Come on American car makers you still don't get it. You make them look good but that isn't all to this business.

Backyard Mechanic
January 20, 2013 at 8:53 am

Been doing my own repairs 40 years. The past 20 years the American car companies have produced Throw away front wheel drive cars. The replacement parts also do not last like in the past. I am going back to 1970's through 1980's vehicles. Chevy Corvette or Camaro with the 350 that does not self destruct like modern engines. The interference engines break a belt late 80's early 90's & your engine is aluminum junk. Most American cars had free wheeling engines till late 80's early 90's. After spending just on repair parts enough to buy 3 older Corvettes, I am done with the New junk being peddled. If I would bring these vehicles to repair shops double my repair costs & that would be 6 Corvettes I could of owned. That is in a 10 year period of time with 3 vehicles. Good Luck everyone.

James Moffat
January 20, 2013 at 8:48 am

North American Car of the Year? Kinda like the Special Olympics for cars. If Somalia made a car, It might be the African Car of the Year.

Buy foreign? Profit goes offshore. Buy American? Profit goes to the Cayman Islands. But at least the car is made here...or is that Toyota?

James Moffat
January 20, 2013 at 8:42 am

North American Car of the Year? Kinda like the Special Olympics for cars. If Somalia made a car. It might be the African Car of the Year.

Buy foreign? Profit goes offshore. Buy American? Profit goes to the Cayman Islands. But at least the car is made here...or is that Toyota?

norman leathers
January 20, 2013 at 8:20 am

American car companies pat themselves on the back for improvements but when one is at the bottom of the pack anything is an improvement. For years few models have rated in the top ten Consumer Reports best buys nor in the top twenty but they have rated in the botom half of the ratings. The arrogance of dealers and the car companies themselves has put themselves at the bottom of the pact. General Motors management drove a great company into the ground, bankrupted the company and in doing so robbed millions of investors of their retirement funds, borrowed money from the people of the United States to bail them out, started a new General Motors and then rewarded themselves with huge bonus money for their manipulative savvy. Just greedy people pushing poorly made product on buyers. Unfortunately VW seems to be VW following the same route and I have had VW products since 1968 but no more for our next autos.

JOSEPH L. SEXTON
January 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I purchased American cars up to 1977, bought a Pontaic, standard shift which NEVER worked correctly. Brought it back to the dealer for warranty repairs & was told, do you realize I will have to take the whole drive system apart to repair this. Last American car, 2 Mitsubishi's & 2 Toyota's later. Too much freaking arrogance, their attitude was, if you don't buy one the next Jerk will. Read Consumer Reports, I was considering maybe a Buick or Ford but Consumers downgraded them. Have an Avalon Limited, 2006, will check out the new ones. I would consider a Lexus or Audi but I would have to travel nearly 40 miles to Jersey.