Less than a month ago, the Chevrolet Camaro scored a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It did so by scoring a five stars in every individual crash test administered, becoming the first car to earn perfect scores across the board since the NHTSA crash test procedures were revised in 2011.

Now another vehicle in the General Motors stable has scored top marks on the frontal, side and rollover crash tests on its way to a five-star overall rating: the Cadillac ATS (in both rear- and all-wheel-drive variants). As for the Cadillac's other 2013 model year competition, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class hasn't yet finished its test, the BMW 3 Series scored five-stars overall but received a four-star rating in the frontal crash test, and the Audi A4 in both front- and all-wheel drive received, like the ATS, five stars across the board.


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      Spiffster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really liking the new GM... I think they finally realized that they cant sell crappy cars on domestic patriotism or brand loyalty anymore. Finally, they are acting more like a world class car company now... 5 years ago I would NEVER had considered a GM product but after a few test drives we now own 2, and love them. Of course news like this will never stop the haters from hating ;-)
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        Same here I have always been Ford and some Chrysler but now that GM is showing Americans can make American cars with American styling with good reliablilty once again, well then, I am on board for test drives and possible purchase.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        Explain the new Malibu, please. Also, Caddy should offer a stick shift on the AWD models as well. Please.
          Jesus!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Zoom
          You could ask that of every car company. Explain the Camry. Explain Scion. Explain the 12 Civic. Get over it. All automakers have made crap. ALL.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        [blocked]
          riserburn99andre
          • 2 Years Ago
          Why not support them when they make a superior effort and are thusly rewarding US citizens by giving us a chance to buy it? Government support industries all over the world that are integral to there systems. You do everyone here a disservice by your constant prattling off about how GM is horrible since we invested in them. You are ignorant and myopic if you think that people should stop buying GM vehicles based on a bailout. I could understand if they make an inferior product but this vehicle is top or near the top of every competition it has been compared in
          Donny Hoover
          • 2 Years Ago
          Correct me if I'm wrong here. When you bail a company out and they continue to do a sh*tty job, that's grounds for a reasonable person to be upset about it, right? So what about if they're bailed out and they produce a bunch of quality products that get a bunch of awards/recognition? What would someone be who still complains about it and insults everyone who disagrees with them? That's a moron, isn't it?
          Slizzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          And what did Japan do for their car manufacturers back when? Or How about Germany and VW?
          over9000
          • 2 Years Ago
          because of people like you, who are dumbasses
        tinted up
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        I will admit GM has been making a more concerted effort on their product. The big issue here is that when I drive a GM car I can almost always find a competing vehicle that drives better/looks better/interior is better. Not saying GM doesn't present good value in some cases, but most of the time I would rather pay an extra $500 to take my business elsewhere.
          Spiffster
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tinted up
          Yeah, I gotta say, GM exteriors are not the best around... I myself prefer BMW. The ATS is looking sexy as hell though.
      merlot066
      • 2 Years Ago
      That platform is a gem in all regards. Super lightweight, nimble, safe, and RWD. Let's hope there's an ATS-V coming soon with a worthy V8.
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @merlot066
        Don't forget fuel efficient, too!
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @merlot066
        GM did their homework on that one. They would be fools not to move the next gen Camaro to this platform as soon as they can.
      Merc1
      • 2 Years Ago
      ATS-V please...... M
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      This may be the best car Detroit has produced in a long time. I am pretty excited for this car.
        Vinuuz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        The Viper and Corvette would compete for the title.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Vinuuz
          The Viper is too hardcore for most people. Too many compromises. With a name like Viper, it's not even trying to hide the fact that it is brutal. The Corvette is excellent for the price and a true sports car, but still one that most can not live with comfortably as a daily driver or only car. The ATS is an everyday car, (after all, it's a 4 door), but it's challenging the very brand and car that defined the segment of a sports sedan. Not a "me too", but one that set its sights straight onto the venerable 3 Series. Also given that it's all new (the Viper and 'Vette are just new iterations), the ATS is really something else. Hopefully, it succeeds and sells well.
          Xedicon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Vinuuz
          @ The Wasp - I wouldn't count the GT500 in the same "excitement" class as the other cars. It's just a Mustang with tons of power thrown at it. The Boss 302 though, that's a different story. *sniff* Poor 302...
      adam
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not that I don't love the Germans, but this is actually great competition!
      mikoprivat
      • 2 Years Ago
      everything I read and heard about the ATS is true...the actual experience of driving it is something you can't describe either in writing or verbally...I test drove it this weekend and IT IS UNBELEIVABLE!!!!
      Dean
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm really liking this car! I may just have to put it on my list when I go car shopping in the next few months
      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      5 stars all around is great. What sucks is that insurance companies most likely won't give 2 rips about this. Whenever I do random price quotes online to compare different cars it seems that no matter what there isn't any significant price difference for one car being safer than another, all other factors being equal.
        piggybox
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bob
        I think that's because insurance companies use IIHS data for reference.
      mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cadillac needs to co-develop the ATS V Engine with the C7 - Z06. So that it can have a 7.0 Liter 8000 RPM rocket booster developing at least 550 HP and 550 lbs ft. of torque. I hope they do not go with a TT V6 or a Supercharged V8..
        Xedicon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        I also really hope they go with a NA V8. If I had to guess they'll take the new small block in its "stock" trim and plug it in there. Still 450 ish hp in a car that small would be a hell of a good time!
      redgpgtp97
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like the car but not crazy about the dash layout with the press type buttons, prefer knobs and dials .
      GOVT MOTOR
      • 2 Years Ago
      FINALLY, a decent and safe rental car option...thank god!
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GOVT MOTOR
        Why is everyone so bent on rental car fleets from American manufacturers? Hello, what do you think they have for rental and public service behicle in Europe and Japan? Their own cars? You don't say!
        Dean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GOVT MOTOR
        Laugh as much as you will about the ATS ending up in some rental fleets (albeit nowhere near the same numbers as the Impala), it may end up impressing lots of people that way. Rental cars give you an opportunity to rent something fun, and maybe even see what it's like to live with a particular car for a while. You also see how well the car holds up after being passed through so many hands. I've had a BMW 3 Series, and Cadillac CTS, as rental cars in the past, one had mileage in the high 20s, and one in the 30s, and both were still solid despite probably being abused. Based on my experience with the CTS, I think Cadillac is quite capable of building an competitive car.
        GOVT MOTOR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GOVT MOTOR
        MUURRIIICAAA!!!! F*CK YEAHHHHH MURICA!
        Bobby_Sards
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GOVT MOTOR
        hahahaha
        Tina Dang
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GOVT MOTOR
        lol "Murica" that's cracking me the eff up
      banzairx7
      • 2 Years Ago
      WAGON! WAGON! WAGON! WAGON! WAGON!
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