2013 Cadillac ATS

For what seems like eons, if you wanted a compact luxury sedan that was also sporty, there was no need to look anything other than a creation of ze Germans. Take your pick because it’s either going to wear a three-pointed star, roundel, or a quartet of rings. Finally, however, there’s a new party person in this category… and it hails from ‘Murica.

I speak, of course, of the 2013 Cadillac ATS. It boasts shapely good looks, a trio of engines (two of which are good), and the ability to order it in a row-your-own form. Still, the ATS has to be pretty damn good before we can consider as a true competitor in this highly competitive segment. I spent a week with the car and during that time I decided to take it to one of Southern California’s best driving roads. I’m talking about Angeles Crest, and I didn’t take it easy on this baby Caddy.

How did it fare? Click past the break and see for yourself.

[youtube width=”720″ height=”405″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOQCK3N4dmM[/youtube]

[Disclaimer: Cadillac loaned my the key fob to the ATS, and it came with the car as well. I had it spending evenings in my driveway for a week, and the car was delivered with a full tank of gas. Three tanks later, I had to give the car back.]