2013 Cadillac ATS vs. Its Competition

2013 Cadillac ATS
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2013 Cadillac ATS is GM's best effort yet at pitching a fastball right at the most densely populated part of the luxury-car market.

The other contestants in that niche include perennial best-sellers like the Audi A4.

Refreshed for 2013, the A4 has an eight-speed automatic available for its classy turbo-four engine; Audi Connect turns the sedan into a rolling wireless hotspot, and Google Earth mapping bleeds cutting-edge coolness all over its displays.

The BMW 3-Series sedan was new last year too; it's a bit bigger, again, and though some of its interior pieces feel less than inspiring and its shape isn't changed much, its driveline and handling are brilliant, as usual.

The Infiniti G37 is nearing the end of its life cycle; it's still a viable alternative to the BMW if you're on a slightly smaller budget.

It has a fairly large back seat and crisp handling, too.

Finally, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class added turbo-four power last year and updated its infotainment offerings.

It's still a conservatively styled piece, but it's friskier than ever, with steering that's nearing the BMW level of enthusiasm.

2013 Cadillac ATS2013 Cadillac ATSBrowse Used Listings2013 Audi A42013 Audi A4Browse Used Listings2013 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sedan 335i RWD Angular Front Exterior View2013 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings2013 Infiniti G37 Sedan2013 INFINITI G37 SedanBrowse Used Listings2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-door Sedan C250 Sport RWD Angular Front Exterior View2013 Mercedes-Benz C ClassBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
8.8
With unerring focus on handling, Cadillac finally has the 3-Series' number with the 2013 ATS.
8.2
Magnificent design and technology sets the Audi A4 apart, but it's not quite as sporty as its BMW and Cadillac competition.
8.6
The 2013 BMW 3-Series is safe, fuel-efficient, and well-connected, yet it delivers the class-leading performance and handling that enthusiasts have come to expect.
7.8
The 2013 Infiniti G37 offers some of the sensory thrills of a sports car, in a more practical sedan body style, although it's not as refined as other premium-brand alternatives.
8.2
For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.
MSRP From    
$33,095$32,500$32,550$32,850$35,350
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class    
CompactCompact CarsCompact CarsMidsize CarsCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan 2.5L RWD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige4-Door Sedan 320i RWD South Africa4-Door Journey RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
AutomaticContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/ODAutomatic