2013 Cadillac ATS, Nürburgring going broke, 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL, Ford Escape last-place finish

Episode #292 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week Dan, Zach and Steven Ewing chat about the 2013 Cadillac ATS, the possibility of the Nürburgring going bust, the 2013 Mercedes GL-Class, and the surprising last-place finish of a Ford Escape in a recent comparo. Your questions and comments power the end of the 'cast, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Keep reading for our Q&A module for you to scroll through and follow along, too. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #292:


In the Autoblog Garage:
2012 Fiat 500 Abarth
2013 Volkswagen CC 2.0T
2012 Nissan Murano
2013 Acura ILX Hybrid
2013 Scion FR-S

Hosts: Dan Roth, Zach Bowman, Steven Ewing
Runtime: 01:26:50

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Excellent podcast. With all due respect to Mr. Shunk, I'm entertained and well-informed by Dan & Zach. Steven Ewing is an excellent addition (I've enjoyed his past contributions to the Roundabout podcast.) Thanks guys; I look forward to next weeks episode.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That Cars.com SUV shootout was flawed. You can get an Escape SE with the 1.6L Ecoboost for the same price as the Tucson and within $400 of the CR-V. If the base engine was the crappy one and they'd rather have the Ecoboost, then GET IT. Don't make silly excuses about cost when clearly they were willing to go a little over $25,000.
        John Cocktoastin
        • 3 Years Ago
        agreed. the www.ford.com lists the Escape SE (the second of 4 trim levels) with 1.6L ecoboost as starting at $25,070. I believe the Hyundai in the test was $25,820! Subtract destination fees and I suspect that it was within dollars of the Escape SE that they should have used. again, not an apples to apples comparison.
      John Cocktoastin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wanted to shoot my monitor while listening to you guys whine about the high price of the escape. the econco escape that was tested was nearly $2000 BELOW the $25,000 limit. it was the cheapest vehicle in the test! I understand your point about the premium levels of the escape being priced higher. One might argue that they are worth it, but since the cars.com article (sortof) enforced an arbitrary $25,000 price limit (which several of the competitors exceeded btw), we don't know. I'll wait for an apples to apples comparison.
      Anthony McCradic
      • 3 Years Ago
      ATS - enjoyed listening to you guys discuss the new Cadillac ATS, which is a beautiful looking vehicle. It has a muscular yet very stylish stance, along with a great pressence. Just hearing you talk abou the lack luster 2.5 CYL 4 in the ATS, made me flash back to the Cimmaron(yes I have just dated myself). I burst in to tears. I would consider for the same price a turbo hybrid four that produces 265 horsepower and torgue.
      Anthony McCradic
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am curious if you guys would discuss your cost on various different packaging by the Automakers (drives me nuts), which has mind numbing price variations.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      After hearing your guys talk about the Verano on episode 287 and now the Cadillac ATS this episode I was wondering why does GM keep Buick around? Why would you choose a Buick Lacross now if you can get the Cadillac ATS for the same price? Is it because the Buick is some what luxurious but front wheel drive? I am just seeing a Chevy vs Pontiac problem all over again. Kind of the same with Ford and Mercury they have Lincoln for luxury especially the way they are pricing the new Fusion and Taurus.
      Anthony McCradic
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with you guys about the Acura ILX seems like something that company put outs just to say they have one in particular category. You can find more comparable Fords, Buicks, and Chevys.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You guys did great for your first Shunk-less podcast. He will be dearly missed, but I have high hopes for the future of the podcast. Great chemistry and flowing conversation.