The 2013 Cadillac ATS was recently named the winner of the North American Car of the Year award. This is just one of a long list of recognitions the luxury sport sedan has won.
The award was announced at the opening of the 25th annual North American International Auto Show. The ATS was chosen by a jury of 49 automotive journalists. Every new car released in the past year was considered and the ATS came out on top.
“This is a very meaningful honor for the entire Cadillac team, especially the men and women
who build the ATS in Lansing, Michigan, and our dedicated and talented designers and engineers,” said Bob Ferguson, GM vice president, global Cadillac. “A car like ATS is the result of incredible commitment and focus. That’s the only method for creating a great performing luxury car.”
At less than 3,400 pounds, the ATS is the lightest car in its class with a unique design aimed at nimble driving performance. In addition to this award, the ATS has been named Car of the Year by Esquire and the Motor Press Guild, as well as many other accolades.
The ATS is a compact sport sedan. It is offered in rear- and all-wheel drive versions and with a choice of powerful yet efficient four- and six-cylinder engines. It earned a 5-Star overall crash test rating in the New Car Assessment Program run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
four-cylinder engine that produces 202 hp and 190 pound-feet of torque, a 2.0 Turbo model with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 272 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque or a 3.6-liter V6 that cranks out 321 hp and 274 lb-ft of torque. All come with a six-speed automatic transmission except the 2.0 Turbo, which has the option of a six-speed manual transmission.
With these engines, the ATS has a knack for speed. In tests, the ATS with the manual transmission went from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The rear-drive ATS 3.6 Premium with an automatic transmission went from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds.
Despite its performance, the ATS is all fuel efficient. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the ATS 2.5 is 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. The V6 is estimated to get 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined.