For a certain better-heeled demographic, the Cadillac ATS is one of the most anticipated cars of the year. Certainly at General Motors, it is: the ATS is so significant to Cadillac’s future that it was one of the few programs that remained unscathed through GM’s bankrupt trial by fire. It’s the car designed to take on the BMW 3-Series, long the Goliath of the segment to Cadillac’s David—a comparison that purveyors of history will find startlingly ironic.
And here’s a spoiler alert: the Cadillac ATS is damn good, good enough to be mentioned in the same breath as the BMW 3-Series without the words “punch line” preceding it. “It’s really close,” says Scott Evans for Motor Trend’s Wide Open Throttle, “and I couldn’t tell which one’s better without driving them back to back.” It drives nicely, it’s well-appointed, it comes with a smartphone-like touchscreen in the form of CUE, and other than a cramped backseat, Evans seemed to like it. And with this generation and demographic, aren’t we supposed to be selfish?
“You want the car to make you feel like a hero,” says Evans. Certainly the ATS does.