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Best Car To Buy: The Honorable Mentions Page 2

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Cadillac ATS

Overall Rating: 8.8
Bottom Line: With unerring focus on handling, Cadillac finally has the 3-Series' number with the 2013 ATS.

Cadillac's new ATS takes on the BMW 3-Series, as well as the Infiniti G37, with this compact spot sedan that crisply styled, nicely proportioned, loaded with technology, and very entertaining to drive. Its performance, as we've experienced in some extensive drive time with the V-6 model—with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive—is phenomenal, offering the sort of balanced responsiveness we've loved in the BMW 3-Series and Infiniti G37, but with even more refinement. That said, we've had very limited time with the new four-cylinder powertrains and can't yet vouch for their smoothness; the imposed techno-minimalism of GM's CUE interface may not be to everyone's liking in a sport sedan; and even though it just earned an excellent five-star federal NCAP safety rating, with very tight back-seat space, this is no substitute for a family sedan.

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Comments (4)
  1. There are many types, styles and applications of cars out there and the "best car to buy" award is totally a personal decision. For me, the clear winner over every car was the 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury model with V-6 and the eight speed transmission. I briefly looked at Cadillac and BMW and for the money and features, ride and quality, the Chrysler was my choice. I'm totally satisfied with the Chrysler and think I truly picked the best car to buy--FOR ME.

  2. Thanks Bill, and definitely a point that can't be emphasized enough. There is of course some subjectivity in our scoring system (obviously with respect to Styling and Comfort, but in other respects as well); the best approach is to read through our detailed full reviews and then use them as a starting point, applying your own personal shopping/ownership priorities (and aesthetic preferences) to that.

  3. When Cadillac has improved their reliability to above average they may be on to something. Until then, honorable mention is pretty generous.

  4. How long does it take to build up reliability in a car? You certainly can't rate a new car on reliability except to say how well its earlier siblings were.

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