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Sport Sedan Shootout: Cadillac ATS 3.6, BMW 335i and Mercedes C350 Sport

Posted Nov 24th 2012 8:01PM

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Jonny Lieberman with the Cadillac ATS, BMW 335i, and Mercedes-Benz C350

Motor Trend's latest episode of "Head 2 Head" is a battle of the little luxury sixes, looking to see which of these US$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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Peter Bourque

The problem with these reviews is that they drive new cars for a day or two and make a judgement based on that. Sure the driver interface system will remain the same but the driving dynamics most definitely wont. Buy a Caddy and own it for 3 or 4 yrs, put 50 or 60,000 miles on it and then compare it to the BMW, Mercedes or Audi. The evaluation would have a totally different outcome......period!

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