2013 Cadillac ATS Esquire Car of the Year

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The 2013 Cadillac ATS at the New York Auto Show. Image: That Hartlford Guy/Flickr/CC BY-SA

Esquire magazine has named its Car of the Year for 2012. This time around, the 2013 Cadillac ATS sedan won the top honor. Esquire called it “perhaps the single most important thing Detroit has built in years.”

2013 Cadillac ATS has visceral appeal

The Cadillac ATS is one of ten models that the GM luxury marque has redesigned and is debuting over the next few years. The ATS began shipping to GM and Cadillac dealers at the end of last month.

American built and sold

The ATS was chosen for its visceral appeal and for a slew of luxury features. It also earned bonus points for being made in the U.S.

Sam Smith at Esquire magazine wrote:

“It’s a gorgeous car you can buy for your commute, a back-road terror when it needs to be, a comfortable, spacious way to take the kids to swim practice. And because we live in America, there’s also hometown pride. It doesn’t dominate the proceedings, but we’d be lying if we didn’t admit to feeling good when the winner comes from the same place we do.”

Available with rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive, the Cadillac ATS is built in Michigan, at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.

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David Granger, editor-in-chief of Esquire, likewise gushed the praises of the ATS:

“It’s been heartening to watch the American auto industry re-assert itself over the last couple of years. The ATS is an exciting new chapter in that process—a balls to the wall effort at reinvention. It’s fantastic.”

Three engines to choose from

The 2013 Cadillac ATS sedan comes with three engine options. The base model packs a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo engine that delivers 270 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The top-of-the-line model packs a 3.6 liter V6, delivering 318 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque.

It is no green car

Esquire, the American auto calculator of taste, however, did not seemed to be overly concerned about fuel economy in its evaluation. The 2013 cadillac ATS boasts an average 22 mpg in the city, and 32 mpg on the highway.

However, for buyers on a budget, the Cadillac may also be the Car They Can’t Afford This Year. The base ATS sells for $33,990.

Previous winners

Previous winners of Esquire’s car of the Year award include the Audi A7, the Audi S4 and the Ford Taurus SHO.


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