2013 Cadillac ATS attempts to compete with the finest sports sedans
The 2013 Cadillac ATS is one of the most anticipated and hyped vehicles to come out of GM’s luxury division in quite some time. Cadillac has announced that the new luxury sedan will sprint from 0-60 in just 5.4 seconds when equipped with the 3.6-liter V-6. Cadillac had made it clear that the all-new performance ATS will compete head-to-head with some of the most respected compact luxury performance sedans in the world like the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. And you have to give Cadillac credit for attempting such a large task.
We reported here in May, that Cadillac reports their all-new compact luxury sport sedan is the lightest vehicle in the U.S. segment, and will be able to go up against the best competition. The ATS with the 2.5-liter engine and six-speed automatic weighs in at 3,315 pounds. But just being light doesn’t always translate to the best performance. There are many other factors that need to go into a true performance sedan.
How does the 2013 Cadillac ATS stack up against the competition?
When you look at the base model ATS, it doesn’t stack up very well against models from Mercedes and Audi. The base ATS comes standard with a four-cylinder with 202 horsepower. According to Motor Authority, this base model will sprint from 0-60 in 7.5 seconds which is slower than both the Mercedes C250 Luxury and the Audi A4 Premium. Both competitors post higher horsepower ratings than the base ATS. But because the base ATS is lighter, it gets better fuel-economy.