The latest episode of "Head 2 Head" from Motor Trend is a battle of the little luxury sixes, looking to see which of these $50,000 sport sedans, all equipped with automatic transmissions, can lay the largest claim to your money: the 321-horsepower, six-speed Cadillac ATS 3.6, the 302-horsepower, seven-speed Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport or the 300-horsepower, eight-speed BMW 335i.

Host Jonny Lieberman doesn't just look at dynamics. He starts off with an assessment of each car's interior and its infotainment interface: CUE on the Cadillac, COMAND on the Mercedes and iDrive on the BMW. A bit of a spoiler, CUE doesn't fare any better here than it did with Consumer Reports, for essentially the same reasons. Thankfully, the ATS has tricks beyond its touchscreen.

The victor and the overall ranking might surprise you. One of the contestants "goes around corners better than it goes in a straight line," one of them would have won the comparo if it were held a year ago, and one earns more mention of the word "rubbery" than you'll hear outside of a Kumho factory. Enjoy the episode in the video below.



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      adam1keith1980
      • 2 Years Ago
      $50,000 for an entry level RWD luxury sedan? I feel poor.
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      Fatima
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm quite happy with the current MotorTrend staff right now. That being said, this guy does not belong there. Half the crap he spews from his mouth contradicts things he previously said.
        Scr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fatima
        Plus, he looks like they ran Rutledge Wood through the hot water cycle on the washing machine. You are one to talk about style when you sport the standard issue bearded hipster uniform.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      To think of what Caddy was making 15 years ago and to see them today. Pretty amazing
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      He makes good point about the CUE system and 'is it better than the ipad.' Now, to be fair, the ipad is one of the best products out there so that would be a really tall order, but if you can't bring it to a level of function that people will be impressed by, you're hurting your image. I bought a JVC touchscreen with bluetooth yada yada. Terrible! One of the worst purchases I have made and one that I have to suffer with every day. If these car makers want touchscreen and it appears many of them do, they need to do a blend. Some hard buttons that get you to a portion of the menu quickly, then really big buttons, pretty far apart. Take a look at the menu screen with Audio Phone Nav... That's what every page should look like. Once you get to the next screen of channel, seek, etc, you're sunk. They are too small, too close together and the buttons are on different places on each screen. Or just outsource it. I would love an android powered central screen. Clone the screen on my phone.
        John Ward
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        Oh also the older cts has a button for pretty much every touch screen feature.
        Bernard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        Considering that an ATS costs way more than an iPad, it shouldn't be that tall of an order. Regardless, I agree on the hard buttons. Car controls should give solid tactile feedback so that they can be operated with an absolute minimal amount of attention.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      The beard has spoken.
      leo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice win for the ATS... but I think the 328i manual is still king considering it is still quicker than the other 2 here
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 2 Years Ago
        @leo
        It doest not change that the chassis is not as good here. But then again if you're stuck on numbers and not on fun to drive.
      Kris
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm... This looks a lot like Auto Bild's tests.
      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can I see a comparison test of the cost to get the same thing fixed/replaced in all three cars? I would find that most interesting. And they all have to use the dealership (bend over).
      Stephen Mihalik
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a surprise. Motor trend chooses the American car as the winner. Didn't see that one coming.
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        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stephen Mihalik
        MT chose the best car as the winner.
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          Brodz
          • 2 Years Ago
          Despite the Corvette having typical cheap GM build quality... Clarkson loves it. Chose it over an Audi R8
      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cadillac ATS finally a good rental car.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good thing they weren't judged on their looks. The Mercedes would mop the floor with the other two.
        Nemebean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Maybe if the judge is blind. :-P
        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        I agree, Caddy looks a little boring, the BMW ugly. Mercedes is the classiest AND sportiest at the same time.
      seville484
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who at Motor Trend thinks their target demographic wants to listen to some urban hipster slob? Motor Trend, people who read (or would read) your magazine, would like to see someone who shaves, showers, and doesn't talk down to me. This guy should be behind the counter at Starbucks, and not reviewing cars he holds contempt for because their carbon footprint is too large. Maybe you think he's cool since he has a beard and looks like he's slept in his clothes for a week, but wait, he's not. I'm well below 40 and cannot understand who you're talking talking to. I know it's not people older than me. Get it together. That said, BMW has greatly improved the iDrive system since it's debut, while COMAND has always been clunky. Personally, I'm biased towards MMI, but it may just be what I'm used to since I have it on my daily driver.
        Anthony
        • 2 Years Ago
        @seville484
        forget the messenger, did you get the message? do you buy your products based on the celebrity selling them or the quality of the product? he sounded knowledegable and informative. now go buy a dodge dart because tom brady told you to.
          MotionDesigner
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Anthony
          Anthony, the person reviewing the cars was not a celebrity.
        ravenosa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @seville484
        Classic bitter and defensive BMW owner. Unfortunately you guys are even more sensitive when your cars get whooped on the road. Get over it, and stay in the slow lane. Thanks!
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ravenosa
          He admitted the BMW was fastest in a straight line. I don't recall any comparative ratings about performance on curves at all in this comparo.
          a
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ravenosa
          He admitted the BMW as the fastest... multiple times. They just don't "feel" it. Way to pay attention, bitter defensive (who knows what owner)...
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