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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 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

How can a bunch of lawyers and your government force Toyota to pay a one Billion dollar fine, when all the recalls for their accelerator problem were found unfounded, even by NASA's thorough testing??? Its because Obama's GM Government Motors was having a problem selling cars such as the useless over priced Chevrolet VOLT. Even with the rebait, the Volt is worthless. Can you imagine a Volt at 41,000 that can only go 26 milles before needing a charge? Toyota is number one in car sales in the World for a reason....... they have THE BEST CUSTOMER LOYALITY!

Frank Graff
January 15, 2013 at 11:45 am

I saw this car and it's a dream.

January 15, 2013 at 11:43 am

I think it's clear that those who make or made the selection are not doing so based on things like reliability, how long and well the car will last. In short, they are not concerned with quality, cost of ownership, etc. They are choosing the "best" new car. Most likely, they are doing this based on things like technological innovation. What is going to sway them are things like innovation. Bells and whistles.

To my mind, someone who buys a new car because it won this award is not very bright. If you are concerned with things like reliability, ease of repair, how the car will hold up over time, etc., then you will buy a car whose design is a bit longer in the tooth.

January 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

R. Woodworth UAW are no where near $800./Mo. Mine are $23.

January 15, 2013 at 11:36 am

Ford Motor is the record holder for recalls........... real injury ridden problems, that are liable injury law suites.

January 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

Why was the Toyota Tundra Truck chosen to pull the 292,000 lb. Space Shuttle from the LA Airport to it finally resting museum place? Why were FORD, Dodge, and GM not given the chance to compete? Was the problem drive train integrity? Toyota used a stock production line Tundra without modification!

Dealer #1
January 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

oyota is one the MOST recalled units ever. I have owned/operated Hoda/ford/Toyota/Chrysler/ and if you take the time, drive around to the back end of a Toyota or Honda dealership. You will find they are FULL of work. Average about $160 in Customer pay labor per R.O. , and about 45 R.O. s a day ..........

January 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

All the Toyota Camry's are made in America, the number one selling American car. Funny thing is, all Camry's have 80% American content, while all Ford, Chrysler, and GM vehicles are ONLY 70%. Toyota products are NOT union made, so the union dues of $800./ month are put into the quality of the car and not given to Obama. The Toyota Corolla is the number one sold car in the WORLD.

January 15, 2013 at 11:21 am

GM sucks! Always has, always will. Cheaply built and had to have Federal money to operate. Did Ford need that help? How about any of the other more quality automakers?

What a joke. I am sure the Liberals rigged that vote like they have done everything else.

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.................