Vehicle subscription services offer a compelling alternative to traditional ownership, leasing, and rental. They are useful in situations that prevent long-term commitment. Think of it as an in-betweener for those times when a traditional rental is too expensive and a lease is too burdensome. Need a car for a month or two (maybe six)? A subscription might be right for you. The primary differentiators between car subscription plans include service areas, monthly costs, upfront fees, mileage limits, flexibility, and vehicles offered. A slew of companies have launched in recent years and the marketplace is evolving rapidly.
MPG-o-Matic 2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6L Premium Review Summary: Is the 2013 Cadillac ATS a shot across the bow of the European sedans, or is it a swing and a miss? Designed to compete with the Audi A4, the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the ATS hits the mark with a distinctively American flavor.
Caddy’s smallest sedan might have what it takes to go toe-to-toe here in the United States today, but it’ll take a turbo-diesel to be truly competitive across the pond.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS is available with three different engines: a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline four, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four, and a 3.6-liter V6. We tested the V6, which produces 321 horsepower (HP) and 274 foot-pounds of torque. While the 2.5-liter four and 3.6-liter V6 are only available with a six-speed automatic, the 2.0-liter turbo can be fitted with a six-speed manual. (The turbocharged 2.0-liter puts out 272 HP and 260 foot-pounds of torque.) Rear-wheel-drive (RWD) is standard on all models. All-wheel-drive is available with the 2.0 Turbo and V6.
While it’s slow going, the revival of the American economy can be clearly linked to the renewed strength of our domestic automobile industry. At a rally yesterday at Cuyahoga County Community College in Ohio supporting President Obama, Bruce Springsteen gave thanks that General Motors is still making cars, remarking ”What else would I write about?”
That quote got me thinking about the wealth of automotive imagery in Bruce’s songs over the years, dating all the way back to his very first album, Greetings From Asbury Park. There’s The Angel’s mention of VW – “The interstate’s choked with nomadic hordes in Volkswagen vans with full running boards dragging great anchors,” and the pure American brother in Lost in the Flood, “dull-eyed and empty-faced, race(ing) Sundays in Jersey in a Chevy stock super eight.”
MPG-o-Matic 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon Review Summary: The 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon was primarily designed for the European market, to do battle with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series wagons. Only a limited number of CTS Wagons will be sold here in America, unless it catches on … which we hope it does. Spend a bit of time driving the CTS Sport Wagon and you might change your mind about buying a luxury SUV.
MPG-o-Matic Cadillac SRX Review Summary:
It’s not surprising that the 2010 Cadillac SRX is decidedly European, as Cadillac’s compact crossover rides on the same platform as the Opel Antara. The SRX currently offers a choice between two V6 engines (turbocharged or naturally aspirated) with front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD). While its gas mileage results are middle-of-the-road, the crisply-designed SRX delivers all the style, comfort, and tech goodies you’d expect in a modern high-end Cadillac.