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2012 BMW 3-Series Vs. 2013 Cadillac ATS: A Look Ahead

 
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The compact luxury car segment is one of the hottest segments, and Cadillac is well aware that the BMW 3-Series is the undisputed benchmark. Cadillac took this into account and set out to beat the 3-Series with the all-new 2013 ATS.

In our video we break down the main differences between the new ATS and 3-Series. On the surface, it seems to be an even match. Both cars weigh around 3,400 pounds and both cars come in rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Both vehicles offer manual transmissions, but the BMW offers an eight-speed automatic while the Cadillac offers only a six-speed automatic, for now. The ATS and 3-Series both offer turbocharged four-cylinders and a six-cylinder engine in some form. The ATS will come with a naturally aspirated four-cylinder, which the 3-Series doesn't offer yet.

While the 3-Series does offer all the in-cabin technology you would expect to find in a luxury sedan, the ATS may be ready to trump it with its new CUE infotainment system. With a large capacitive touch-screen interface and capacitive buttons, the ATS has something akin to an iPad in its dash--something a cut above the BMW's technology.

Pricing hasn't yet been set for the 2013 Cadillac ATS but we predict it will undercut the 3-Series slightly.

For more information make sure you read our driving report for the 2012 BMW 3-Series and our preview of the 2013 Cadillac ATS.



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  1. I love the new ATS but I think it really needs an eight-speed auto to match the BMW. That said, if it's fuel economy numbers do turn out better I think the Cadillac will be a top pick.
     
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  2. but like alot of people say.....its still a Caddy. What would you rather drive a Beemer or a Caddy ? therein lies your answer !
     
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  3. Having owned two BMWs previously, an E46 3-Series coupe and an E65 7-Series, and driving my friend's E90 3-Series plenty of times, I have to say that BMWs are largely over-rated. The interiors are ok but nothing special and have got worse over the years IMO. My original E46 was the best in terms of quality and material feel. The engines are brilliant, but prone to oil leaks. The auto transmissions are pretty poor, especially the software, and they too are prone to oil leaks.

    Just my opinion and real-life experience.
     
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  4. The Caddy please. Everyone and their grandmother (including my own) drives a BMW... you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a 3-series... which has basically become the Honda Civic of the well-to-do.
     
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  5. I'm definitely getting the ATS
    it has replaced range rover evoque as my dream car

    the CUE system alone is worth me forgetting all about bmw
    im not much into speed
    but I'm definitely hoping to get a cheap price
     
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  6. The Cadillac ATS diesel is the one I am waiting for. All this gasoline bashing between GM and BMW is completely uninteresting to me.

    Cadillac ATS diesel, with a six speed manual. Now that will be interesting. That will be worth owning, not to mention that the Cadillac will be cheaper and is nicer looking than the BMW.
     
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  7. The touchscreen in the Cadillac is not as good as the I-pad, and the infotainment system is not as user-friendly as the BMW's. However, Cadillac has come a long way.
     
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