The ATS never advertises that it’s a big car and the rear seats will bear that out. You’ll find three seats, three seatbelts and two headrests back there. The outboard seats are very comfortable, but the middle one is laughable and straddles a massive driveshaft tunnel. There isn’t a lot of legroom, though I was able to fit comfortably. Likewise, headroom is at a premium, but was fine for my height.

There are two sets of LATCH anchors for kids’ seats if you need them. This is one of very few vehicles where we couldn’t get all three of our kids in comfortably. They felt squished width-wise, but it would be great for two kids.

I found a cool surprise when I touched the small, metallic V at the bottom edge of the center stack. The whole panel silently swings up, revealing a hidden compartment containing a USB plug. I love stuff like this!

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2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T AWD Premium. Click image to enlarge

The trunk is reasonable at 290 L and it is nicely finished. Everything is carpeted and the trunklid arms are shrouded, keeping everything clean.

All in all, I can say I loved the ATS. It offers luxury, excellent in-car tech and appears to be built well. The car is tight, poised, controlled and balanced. It doesn’t lie when it sells itself as a sport sedan.

As a matter of fact, that sport factor will be a bit more than some want, and that ride might be a bit too firm for some. But if you’re shopping for a competent sport sedan, regardless of what you consider to be the benchmark, you’d be missing out if you didn’t include the Cadillac ATS on your shopping list.

I can’t imagine anyone taking an ATS out for a spin and not agreeing that it is a great driver’s car.

WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) was crazy high. In her words, “there isn’t anything I don’t like” – right before she pointed out something she didn’t like. She doesn’t like the low seating position. That was it. I wondered if she’d complain about the firmness of the ride, but she never did.

The ATS has brought some serious game to the table. It’s competitive, to be sure. I love that it’s available in a number of configurations, including engine choices, manual and automatic transmissions, and rear- and all-wheel drive. You can make this car into what you want. And what you need. Unless you need a large car.

Does the ATS beat the competition? Right now, I’d put it on par. Putting anything on par with a benchmark is saying something. It’s saying it’s good. And the ATS isn’t just good. It’s awesome.

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2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T AWD Premium. Click image to enlarge

You can bet your boots that Cadillac isn’t going to rest now. The ATS is fantastic and will only get better.

Way to bring it for your first shot at this category, Caddy. Keep ‘em coming!

Pricing: 2013 Cadillac ATS
Base price (2.0L Turbo AWD Premium): $50,950
Options: $1,395 Power Sunroof; $1,295 White Diamond Tricoat
Freight: $1,595
A/C tax: $100
Price as tested: $55,335

Competitors:
Acura TSX
Audi A4
BMW 3 Series
Infiniti G37
Lexus IS
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Volvo S60

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