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2013 Cadillac ATS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Cadillac ATS was new.


Interior: 6.9

Many reviewers admire the 2013 Cadillac ATS’ attractive interior, which they say is made with quality materials. Test drivers think the front seats are comfortable, but there are many complaints that the second-row seats are cramped and that trunk space is miniscule for an upscale midsize car. Several test drivers also complain about the confusing optional touch-screen infotainment system, while others think its touch-and-drag screen is nifty.

  • "While in no danger of putting Audi out of business, the ATS cabin feels a breath or two more elegant than expected, which is a very good sign in a luxury car interior." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The ambience feels stylish and rich, and we were immediately able to find a comfortable driving position." -- Car and Driver
  • The ATS' interior is, in comparison to its gizmos, fairly reserved. The styling takes no great chances and the gauge cluster is pretty boring to look at, but the materials throughout are high-quality and well-assembled." -- Motor Trend 


The ATS seats five, and reviewers say the second-row seats are tight for adults because there isn’t enough knee room. However, test drivers find the front seats comfortable. Some reviewers think the ATS’ front pillars compromise forward visibility, and one says rear visibility is compromised by the high deck lid.  

  • "Our test car had the high-line ‘performance’ seats with multiple adjustments, and they proved both comfortable on the road and supportive at the track." -- Road and Track 
  • Rear-seat headroom is good, but knee room is tight for taller folks." -- Edmunds
  • Outward visibility is good in all directions except back due to the high trunk." -- Motor Trend
  • Back seat's a bit snug, but two adults of normal stature should be comfortable. Front's quite agreeable." -- USA Today
  • "The first thing you notice from the driver's seat is a slight visibility issue. ... The thick, stretched-forward A-pillars and big side mirrors create a triangle of visual obstruction, particularly when you are looking at about 10 and 2 o'clock." -- AutoWeek 

Interior Features

The 2013 ATS comes standard with a seven-speaker Bose stereo, dual USB ports, an SD card slot, an auxiliary audio input, satellite radio, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start. Optional features include a 10-speaker Bose stereo, HD Radio and the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system, which can be equipped with a navigation system. Safety features such as front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, forward collision alert and lane departure warning are optional.

In their evaluations of the ATS’s interior features, most auto critics focus on the CUE infotainment system. They say that its 8-inch touch screen operates a lot like a smartphone or tablet. Some reviewers dislike the system, saying that the touch screen requires some acclimation, and think physical buttons would make the system easier to use. Test drivers who like CUE appreciate that it operates like smartphones and tablets, and that it responds to inputs quickly. One auto critic likes the stereo’s sound quality, but another wishes the ATS had knobs for the volume control rather than a sliding bar.

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  • "In the meantime, CUE is very good. It's like having an iPad in your dash, and anyone comfortable with an iPhone or Droid will find it familiar. The controls are touch-sensitive and generally quick to react, especially on the screen." -- Motor Trend   
  • "The audio output is good and I tested in the best way possible: blasting Pixies around the track trying to make the V6 note do battle with a screaming Frank Black. Black won, so the otherwise good Cadillac loses a point with me, but will probably pick up a point with the average buyer." -- Jalopnik
  • To its credit, the touch spots here at least are larger than the tiny dots on Ford's system, and the spot vibrates to let you know that you've touched it successfully. But it's not as reliably responsive as a physical button and, unlike a knob, can't be operated by feel. What it does do well is look neat." -- Automobile Magazine
  • The system requires a small learning curve, though, since we occasionally touched past an intended item or app. The screen is also prone to finger prints, although Cadillac includes a wiping cloth." -- Left Lane News (CUE infotainment system)
  • "Not so good: sliding bar for stereo volume. Knobs, please. No better way." -- USA Today


The 2013 Cadillac ATS has 10.2 cubic feet of trunk space. Several reviewers are disappointed with this figure, saying it’s very low for an upscale midsize car. One test driver, however, says that the trunk’s wide opening and optional split-folding rear seat help compensate for the ATS’ small cargo space.

  • "At 10.2 cubic feet, the ATS has the smallest trunk in the segment." -- Car and Driver
  • "Despite a wide opening, the ATS's trunk offers just 10.2 cubic feet of capacity downright stingy for this segment. Fortunately, some trims feature a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, which helps in this regard." -- Edmunds

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