MotorWeek 2013 Drivers' Choice Best of the Year: 2013 Cadillac ATS

Feb 07, 2013, 17:15 ET from MotorWeek

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MotorWeek, television's longest running automotive series, names the Cadillac ATS as its "Best of the Year" 2013 Drivers' Choice award winner for delivering an American-made driving experience that's as close to a classic European sport sedan as you can get. The Drivers' Choice Awards are among the auto industry's most coveted honors and are announced annually at the Chicago Auto Show. The 2013 Cadillac ATS edged out the competition by setting ambitious new benchmarks in the sport sedan segment.

"The objective of the  ATS was to challenge the world's best sport sedans head-to-head, developing a true driver's car that was nimble, quick and fun," said Jim Vurpillat, director of marketing, global Cadillac. "That makes this recognition from the experts at Motorweek especially meaningful."

"There is no other new American car that excels in every measure within its class like the new Cadillac ATS," said MotorWeek  host  John Davis.  "It's lightweight; it's powerful, has extraordinary handling and is impressively fuel efficient. On top of that it has the latest in advanced technology and connectivity, including Cadillac's CUE system. The Cadillac ATS is simply the most impressive luxury sport sedan ever to wear an American brand name."

Recognized as the best overall among winners in 13 lifestyle categories, the Cadillac ATS also won as "Best Sport Sedan." All Drivers' Choice winners are featured on, as well as on a special episode (#3223) of MotorWeek airing on public television stations beginning February 9, 2013, and on cable's Velocity beginning February 19, 2013. MotorWeek's Driver's Choice Awards are nationally sponsored by RockAuto, Tire Rack and 3M.

The MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards are unique for their consumer focus and represent the best automotive picks for a range of lifestyles. MotorWeek's editorial staff evaluates more than 150 cars, trucks and utilities based on performance, technology, practicality, fuel efficiency and dollar value.

2013 Drivers' Choice Winners:

Best Subcompact Car

Hyundai Accent

Kia Rio

Best Compact Car

Dodge Dart

Best Family Sedan

Ford Fusion

Best Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle

Best Luxury Sedan

Lexus ES

Best Sport Sedan

Cadillac ATS

Best Sport Coupe

Fiat 500 Abarth

Best Performance Car

Ford Shelby GT500

Best Small Utility

Toyota RAV4

Best Large Utility

Nissan Pathfinder

Infiniti JX

Best Pickup Truck

Ram 1500

Best Eco-Friendly

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Best Dream Machine

SRT Viper

Land Rover Range Rover

Now in its 32nd season, MotorWeek is one of the nation's leading sources for the latest car and truck reviews, do-it-yourself car care tips and auto industry news. Produced by Maryland Public Television, the award-winning series airs on PBS, Velocity and V-me Spanish-language network. Full episodes can also be viewed on

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