2013 Cadillac ATS gets a five stars score at the NHTSA crash test

Article by Christian A., on December 14, 2012

To score a five-star overall rating, a car or truck doesn’t have to score five stars on each individual crash test done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is because some tests and qualities have a heavier weight. For instance, the 2013 Cadillac ATS got five overall stars but what’s even more impressive is that it got five stars on every test.

The NHTSA has an overall rating with a weighted total of four individual tests, which include frontal crash, side barrier and side pole crashes, and a rollover test. The tests come down to three ratings (front, side, and rollover) that trickle down some more to one rating. On every test, the ATS scored a perfect five stars. The driver and passenger were equally safe in a frontal barrier crash and side barrier crash.

Furthermore, the driver was five-star safe upon broadsiding a pole. The risk of rolling the car during an emergency maneuver is about 10%, which is low enough to achieve a five-star rollover rating. Some credit also goes to the 2013 ATS’ on-board safety tech, which carries more weight in safety and crash testing, according to the NHTSA.

The ATS has the obvious electronic stability control (which is standard on all cars offered in the U.S. after 2012). However, it also has the optional forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems on board. The car is equipped with front, side torso/pelvis, knee (driver), and side curtain airbags for both front and rear seats. NHTSA said that both the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive ATS models also got perfect scores.

2013 ATS construes Cadillac's Art & Science design philosophy in a whole new dimension, customising the distinct style cues for the most compact Cadillac while maintaining, and progressing, the superior detail attention and technological components the brand is famous for.

A lengthy 109.3-inch (2,775 mm) wheelbase and broad front and rear tracks are the foundations of the ATS's resolutely planted posture that is augmented with short overhangs and tight sheet metal that seems to wrap securely around the tires. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard, with 18-inch wheels available.

Strong vertical lighting, including a new signature front LED lighting detail, along with illuminated door handles and active grille shutters provide technologically innovative style and practicality to the ATS. The grille shutters close at specific speeds on the highway to lessen aerodynamic drag and increase fuel efficiency.

An interior focused on the driver with combined technology and materials matches the exterior and backs the ATS's drive experience. Everything from pedal placement to shifter position is conceived for easy and instinctive drive performance. Performance seats are available with power-adjusted bolsters to maximise lateral support during high-load cornering.

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