If you follow us on Instagram (@carciahercastle & @tellyhercastle) you would have known we enjoyed 3 day test drive from Cadillac with their fully-loaded 2013 ATS! The 2013 ATS isn’t available yet, but we had a chance to try the car out before its introduced to consumers next year. It makes perfect sense, since we drive into the city all the time to work, hit events and visit friends. I’ve driven an SUV for almost two years now, so jumping back into a car was a bit strange, but the ATS made it easy to transition! I think the winning factor here is Safety. The ATS is equipped with every kind of safety feature you could think of. James Bond or Batman would be envious, seriously. We’ve listed our favorite features and photos for you.
Changing Lane Warnings such as the Safety Alert Seat, a seat that gives you a gentle nudge when you’re about to do something stupid, like cut someone off, or when you’re traveling a tad too close to that car ahead of you. Rear-view mirrors and the windshield also project little animations to warn you of possible collisions, called the Side Blind Alert.
Key-Less, Totally Key-Less:
No need to carry around a set of keys with the ATS! The car comes with a sensor to open and lock the car, but you can keep that tucked away because you only need to press a button to start the ignition. No worries though, there is a hidden key if you run into an emergency. Luckily, we didn’t run into problems.
Video Camera Features:
Once you put the car in reverse, the camera kicks in. With a full view of the street behind you and grid-lines to show you how to back out and avoid obstacles like trees, garbage cans…and people!
The Car listens to you. Voice activation for the GPS and radio. The car has a LARGE screen that you’ll fall in love with. XM Radio, GPS, Heated Seats and Steering Wheel, Bose Speakers. I could live in this vehicle.
Overall, we love the car for the features available. It drives comfortably and the steering is easy to manage. If you love gadgets, this car, fully loaded, is for you. If you have a wandering eye and easily become distracted, you might not want to have all the projection-type features. This car is for the mature driver, as I would never allow a teenager sibling to drive it, only because they are still learning to drive and throwing all the extras in could confuse them. The fully-loaded model we drove was about approx $50,000.00 dollars, but the car bare starts at approx $35,000. Big question here is, would we buy it? Yes, but we always had a thing for the Cadillac Escalade for the SUV structure, of course.