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    Interactive Review: 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L AWD


    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    November 27, 2012

    If there is one vehicle that has been talked about more than any other since I've been writing here at Cheers and Gears, that vehicle would be the new Cadillac ATS. There are a number of threads speculating, arguing, complaining, and talking about this compact luxury sedan.

    Well the day has come. We finally have an ATS in for an interactive review. This ATS comes equipped with the 3.6 DI V6 producing 321 HP and 275 lb-ft of torque, a six-speed automatic, and the optional AWD system.

    Anyone who was hoping this was the Performance Collection model will be somewhat disappointed as this is the base Luxury Collection model. But we do have CUE and a Cold Weather Package bringing the pricetag to $45,985 (includes $895.00 destination charge).

    I have the ATS till Monday and will be updating with thoughts during that time. If you have questions for the ATS, get them in.

    Update - Read the 2013 Cadillac ATS Full Review here and my Review of Cadillac's CUE system here.

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    General thoughts on ergonomics, interior room, outward visibility, cupholder design? Steering feel?

    I'll get into ergonomics in a moment with CUE. Interior room is tight mostly due to design and dimensions. The back seats are only good for kids or some adults. I'm 5'7 and my head was touching the roof.

    Outward Visibility: Somewhat difficult because of not being a lot of glass and some large c-pillars. Thankfully, a rear-view camera is standard on this.

    Cupholder design? Its ok, holds a water bottle.

    Steering feel: There is some feel, but for some its not enough. I'm finding it ok.

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    I'm interested in your perception of CUE.

    Its mixed. There are parts I like and parts where I want to put my fist through the screen and rip its guts out.

    Things I like.

    • Big and clear screen, easy to read stuff
    • Graphics are really rendered well
    • Intergration with Pandora, USB, Bluetooth are very good.
    • Voice Command seems decent
    • Touch screen provides a click noise when pressed.. Good idea

    Things I hate:

    • System is somewhat laggy with certain inputs. Example is zooming in and out the navigation map by using your fingers (Multitouch)
    • Capacitive Touch Buttons don't always register when pressed
    • Relies too much on touchscreen and buttons to perform simple tasks while moving. Huge distraction.

    I'll be updating this as I spend more time with CUE.

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    http://autos.yahoo.c...-152700891.html

    Cadillac ATS was tested at the BMW proving grounds and they came away very impressed. They pushed both the ATS and BMW till they went into limp home mode.

    Do you feel that breaking and stearing are pretty spot on neutral and while the car seems to really behave in corners that it could use more horse power?

    Do you also see any of the things stated her about the CUE?

    http://news.yahoo.com/gm-takes-cue-apple-address-vehicle-tech-glitches-013139919--finance.html

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    Even if it is just the Luxury Collection model, will we get a full picture gallery? :)

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    Even if it is just the Luxury Collection model, will we get a full picture gallery? :)

    Yes

    I hope you get some snow to try the AWD in.

    There is snow and rain possibly coming during the weekend.

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    May I trouble you for a night time photo of the taillights taken from directly behind the car? I want to see if it looks like the CTS coupe =]

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    May I trouble you for a night time photo of the taillights taken from directly behind the car? I want to see if it looks like the CTS coupe =]

    I agree, take front, back and 3/4 shot at night to show us how it looks like or not the rest of the family.

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    I sat in an ATS and found the front seat intimate but roomy enough and non intrusive. Basically I would consider it appropriate to the size of car.

    The rear seat I sat in, yes it's tight, but footspace was ok (whereas on a Malibu it's not). You could 'slide in and down' to the rear seat, very much like a 3 series or C class rear seat. Even the sides of the rear seatback and cushion are shaped to 'funnel' you into the middle of the seat. I did notice the roof and side pillars and windows are right there. But overall, it's snugness, once you are in, did not make you really contort or make you feel really twisted up, it's just not roomy. Again, this reminds me of a 3 series backseat from generations ago.

    For a single person with infrequent to no rear passengers it's fine. One example I could contrast it with is a Saab 9-3. The 9-3 IMO has a more intrusive rear seat. The headrest and backrest are unreasonable and the legroom is not there with the front driver in most positions. In the ATS it seems a decently workable backseat, even with more flexibility as to the driver.

    You could take coworkers to lunch in the back of a CTS....not sure I would frequently bring people for an hour trip. I think kids would be just fine in an ATS back seat.

    Regal rear seat is more accommodating. Malibu may be bigger but harder to sit in and get in and out of. Verano, probably a little better.

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    I sat in an ATS and found the front seat intimate but roomy enough and non intrusive. Basically I would consider it appropriate to the size of car.

    The rear seat I sat in, yes it's tight, but footspace was ok (whereas on a Malibu it's not). You could 'slide in and down' to the rear seat, very much like a 3 series or C class rear seat. Even the sides of the rear seatback and cushion are shaped to 'funnel' you into the middle of the seat. I did notice the roof and side pillars and windows are right there. But overall, it's snugness, once you are in, did not make you really contort or make you feel really twisted up, it's just not roomy. Again, this reminds me of a 3 series backseat from generations ago.

    For a single person with infrequent to no rear passengers it's fine. One example I could contrast it with is a Saab 9-3. The 9-3 IMO has a more intrusive rear seat. The headrest and backrest are unreasonable and the legroom is not there with the front driver in most positions. In the ATS it seems a decently workable backseat, even with more flexibility as to the driver.

    You could take coworkers to lunch in the back of a CTS....not sure I would frequently bring people for an hour trip. I think kids would be just fine in an ATS back seat.

    Regal rear seat is more accommodating. Malibu may be bigger but harder to sit in and get in and out of. Verano, probably a little better.

    Friend and I were actually talking about this and came to similar conclusion. ATS' backseat is perfect for someone who doesn't carry passengers at all or have small kids.

    Verano is much better. Actually have some distance between my head and the roof.

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    BMW 3 series has been a hit for them and I believe the ATS will also be a hit for Cadillac as it pulls in younger people and they move up as they change in family and income.

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    May I trouble you for a night time photo of the taillights taken from directly behind the car? I want to see if it looks like the CTS coupe =]

    I agree, take front, back and 3/4 shot at night to show us how it looks like or not the rest of the family.

    Here you go.

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    Thanks Mud, except for the size, people could easily mistaken this for a CTS. The Family DNA makes it very hard to distinguish it from other family members in My less than humble opinion.

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    I checked out an ATS yesterday at LAIAS. This is a car that, up until yesterday, I was pretty confident would be my next vehicle, purchased within the next year or so.

    Until I found out that the only CD slot is located inside the glovebox, and alllllll the way on the outboard side. I don't know about you, but I still use CDs. To have a CD slot located so far away from the driver is inexcusable, especially with the giant "hidden storage" space behind the center stack controls. The glovebox-mounted player also makes an already small glovebox pretty useless.

    I also found the interior packaging, overall, to be less than optimal. Lots of wasted space, IMO. Biggest offender of this is the trunk--Cadillac clearly didn't want intrusive trunk hinges, but instead of using hydraulics, they simply made the trunk much narrower so the goosenecks wouldn't intrude on cargo. But the trunk can now only fit one large suitcase and a little extra.

    Truly one of the biggest letdowns--I was so sold on this car, and while a lot of the interior detailing is very, very impressive...it just isn't practical on too many levels. Big on style, short on substance. The CD slot location is truly a dealbreaker. I think I'll stick with my 2001 Aurora for a few more years; maybe something will catch my eye then, and not just make me super-disappointed and instead fall in love with my current car all over again.

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    Who else is doing away with CD slots, except for General Motors though? I agree with Croc, it is too soon to be doing away with these. I just bought Frank Ocean's Channel Orange...

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