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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
ddsturt
January 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

hey any car after 4 or 5 years PPPHHHHFFFFTTTTT thats how i feel after owning cards that long.................

chris bowley
January 15, 2013 at 11:15 am

Not even mentioned is the Motor Trend car of the year? Because it's an electric car?? The Tesla S series is hands down the best car of the year, with a range of 300 miles per charge, and being all electric, 0-60 in less than 4 seconds?? Hands down. Seating for 5 adults and 2 children?? And not an SUV??? Hands down best car. AND 100% MADE IN AMERICA!!!

ken
January 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

Walter,,,we own a 2002 monte carlo.. we bought it new,,no problems what so ever..just brakes and struts..has 100k miles..also a 2007 gmc pick-up....other then a loose carpet....NO PROBLEMS..daughter owns a 2001 pontiac gran am,,,213k miles..i repeat 213k miles...1 starter plus other maintence parts,,,,struts brakes battery and a plugged heater core in which i fixed myself,,,RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT..YOU ASKED I ANSWERED

R.Woodworth
January 15, 2013 at 11:09 am

You won't know how good a car was or really is till its four years old............. then evaluate the faults such as paint, rust, how it ate tires, struts, brake pads, or exhaust repairs, and how many of its standard and optional features still work and have never had a problem, how many times to the dealership for repair and warranty work. You will find the best value is a Toyota product with Lexus topping the list...... the best for 15 years. I have two ES-330's........... at 120,000 miles and 9 yrs., we have just replaced the battery, a headlamp bulb, a second set of tires,wiper blades, and they get 30-31 on Highway. The second is 8 years old, 59,000 miles...... replaced nothing but battery made by Panasonic! Thats all folks. They both lok brand new all the time while running on synthetic oil 10w30.

R.Woodworth
January 15, 2013 at 11:09 am

You won't know how good a car was or really is till its four years old............. then evaluate the faults such as paint, rust, how it ate tires, struts, brake pads, or exhaust repairs, and how many of its standard and optional features still work and have never had a problem, how many times to the dealership for repair and warranty work. You will find the best value is a Toyota product with Lexus topping the list...... the best for 15 years. I have two ES-330's........... at 120,000 miles and 9 yrs., we have just replaced the battery, a headlamp bulb, a second set of tires,wiper blades, and they get 30-31 on Highway. The second is 8 years old, 59,000 miles...... replaced nothing but battery made by Panasonic! Thats all folks. They both lok brand new all the time while running on synthetic oil 10w30.

mark
January 15, 2013 at 11:04 am

Bill,

Actually, you are the idiot. I was referring to another post where the writer suggested they would never buy an American car based on their ownership of a 1984 Cadillac! Dah!

Margo
January 15, 2013 at 10:59 am

Thank You Cheverolet, for the 2000 Monte Carlo SS and 2004 Corvette, 2010 Traverse. I have been purchasing Chevy and Ford vehicles for a while and me and my husband has enjoy all of our vehicles, congrats on Cadillac ATS you deserve it, what a beauty, my family will all ways buy American and so should you.

dumpy1
January 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

sorry, at "Louise Munier" seriously??? All good American's shop at Walmart. Not us - but even if we tried to buy 100% USA made or grown we could not. Jeep = Chrysler = Fiat. Good for you and, bless you for trying.
All said, good for Caddie, happy buying & good luck.

dumpy1
January 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

sorry, at "Louise Munier" seriously??? All good American's shop at Walmart. Not us - but even if we tried to buy 100% USA made or grown we could not. Jeep = Chrysler = Fiat. Good for you and, bless you for trying.

Walter
January 15, 2013 at 10:49 am

Ask all of the fans above how they feel about the car after they have owned it for four or five years.