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.