CUE's worth a deep dive all its own; we think it's the most advanced mass-market infotainment controller of all, though we've experienced a hitch or two with it. It uses a large touchscreen with haptic feedback to replace knobs and buttons for navigation, phone, audio and climate functions, and the haptics offer a finer feedback than the MyFord systems. Still, we've experienced Bluetooth streaming interruptions and system lags with CUE, in tandem with its learning curve. We'd still be enthusiastic about adding it to our ATS, while we have mixed feelings about other systems like MyLincoln Touch, and much more so, about Remote Touch, MMI, iDrive, and COMAND.
Prices start from $33,990, including destination, for the base four-cylinder ATS. The turbo four carries a base sticker of $35,795, while V-6 versions begin at $42,090. After our day of driving on the street and on the track, and a few weeks of armchair judgement, we think Cadillac has broken through the BMW veil of invincibility. The 2013 ATS strikes right at the 3-Series when it's vulnerable on a few fronts, styling and interior fit and finish among them. The student's become a teacher--and there's more in the lesson plan, with ATS coupes and V-Series cars yet to come.
For more, see our full review of the 2013 Cadillac ATS, or check out our head-to-head comparison of the Cadillac ATS and the BMW 3-Series.