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Autobytel 2013 Luxury Car of the Year: Cadillac ATS

Benjamin Hunting
by Benjamin Hunting
January 2, 2013
3 min. Reading Time

The Autobytel 2013 Luxury Car of the Year category captures two rising trends in the premium segment.  The first is Cadillac's triumphant return into the fray with a pair of very different contenders for our Luxury Car of the Year crown, and the second is the four-door 'coupe' styling motif that has become almost de rigueur for German brands seeking to penetrate every possible premium market niche.

Read on to learn about the four finalists for Autobytel's 2013 Luxury Car of the Year.

Autobytel 2013 Luxury Car of the Year: Cadillac ATS

How important a model to Cadillac's fortunes is our 2013 Luxury Car of the Year winner, the 2013 Cadillac ATS?  Simply put, this is the sedan that has been pressed into duty to knock the class-leading BMW 3 Series off of its luxury throne and make all current German entry-level premium buyers consider buying a domestic vehicle the next time around.  Luckily, the Cadillac ATS has been given all of the tools that it requires in order to make a play for the hearts and minds of luxury fans: three ultra-modern engines (including a turbocharged four-cylinder and a stout V-6), an available manual transmission, a willing chassis, and style for days.  The ATS is Cadillac's first-ever legitimate entry-level offering.


Autobytel 2013 Luxury Car of the Year Finalist: 2013 Cadillac XTS

The 2013 Cadillac XTS couldn't be farther from the ATS in terms of its mission statement, which is to pick up the slack for the departed full-size STS and DTS sedans.  Combining two demographics into one isn't an easy task, but the Cadillac XTS manages to provide a relatively engaging driving experience plus a heaping helping of on-road comfort.  Throw in all-wheel drive, V-6 power, and the Cadillac CUE vehicle interface, and it's easy to see why the XTS turned so many heads over the course of the past year.


Autobytel 2013 Luxury Car of the Year Finalist: 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

Full-size sedans that feature the swept rooflines of two-door coupes are now common across the luxury segment, but the 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe represents the Bavarian automaker's first foray into this rarefied air.  Stretching out the two-door 6 Series coupe's lines creates an elegant counterpoint to the equally-large 7 Series and its more rounded look, and two turbocharged engine choices can be had with the vehicle: a 315 horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 and a 4.4-liter, 445 horsepower V-8.  All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are also in the cards for the big 6 Series Gran Coupe.


Autobytel 2013 Luxury Car of the Year Finalist: 2013 Audi S7

The 2013 Audi S7 represents the high performance edition of last year's Autobytel Luxury Car of the Year winner, the Audi A7.  The Audi S7 maintains the four-door coupe / hatchback profile of its sibling, but it introduces a twin-turbo, 420 horsepower 4.0-liter V-8, a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission, and a tuned suspension system that gives the substantial sedan a handling boost.  60-mph arrives in a scant 4.5 seconds when launching the Audi S7 from a standing start thanks to standard quattro all-wheel drive, and as always Audi has gifted one of its leading lights with a top-notch interior.


More Autobytel Winners for 2013:

The editorial team of Autobytel has chosen the previous vehicles as the best of what we have seen in the category for 2013, and while there are many others in this class that probably deserve some kudos as well, we'd love to hear which you would choose for yourself. Let us know on the Autobytel Twitter or the Autobytel Facebook page.

See the Autobytel 2013 Car of the Year and the Autobytel 2013 Truck of the Year.

See More of Autobytel's Picks for the Year:

 Autobytel 2013 Compact/Coupe Car of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Convertible of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Sedan of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Luxury Car of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 SUV of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Luxury SUV of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Crossover of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Sports Car of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Alternative Fuel Car of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Pickup Truck of the Year

 Autobytel 2013 Van/Minivan/Wagon of the Year


 2013 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

 2013 Ford Fusion

 2013 Cadillac ATS

 2013 Jeep Wrangler

 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

 2013 Porsche Boxster S

 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

 2013 RAM 1500

 2013 Mazda MAZDA5



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