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      09-26-2012 12:25 AM #76
      Quote Originally Posted by NoXenons View Post
      I agree. Their selection pales in comparison to the German brands. Right now they have four model-lines that are class-competitive.. BMW has ten. Last year there was a nice concept that reminded me of a 60's Continental, but I guess they decided not to go through with it.
      But when they get those products they have the brand strength to charge parity with BMW.

    2. 09-26-2012 07:42 AM #77
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      BMW owners have usually tested all 3 and say they wanted a car that was involving and a real drivers car.
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    3. 09-26-2012 11:51 AM #78
      Quote Originally Posted by NoXenons View Post
      Audi Merc and Cadillac drivers in my opinion cannot really say this and must wish they too owned a BMW every time they see one.
      what a moron

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      09-26-2012 12:28 PM #79
      That dude, what a high horse he has.


      We'll see how the ATS competes with the 3 series. I'm liking it. I'll be watching the ATS-V news like a hawk.

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      09-26-2012 07:53 PM #80
      Quote Originally Posted by curvedinfinity View Post
      That dude, what a high horse he has.


      We'll see how the ATS competes with the 3 series. I'm liking it. I'll be watching the ATS-V news like a hawk.
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      09-27-2012 07:35 AM #81
      Quote Originally Posted by NoXenons View Post
      XTS doesn't compete with anything BMW has.. even the current SRX is FWD based
      If you are viewing "FWD-based" as a disqualifier for true luxury status, I guess you are dismissing most of Audi's line-up? Audi certainly is a luxury brand, IMO, yet most of their vehicles can be had in FWD only (FrontTrak). Even BMW and Mercedes have or will soon have FWD vehicles in their line-ups? Does this disqualify them as luxury brands? Porsche's upcoming Macan will be based on the Audi Q5, which means both will be FWD-based...just like the Caddy SRX. Land Rover, Lexus, Infiniti, Acura, and Volvo all also have very nice and capable vehicles that are FWD or FWD-based.

      As for the XTS, early sales are showing it to be very competitive with the 5-Series, and E-Class (in the USD market). If you consider how the average mid-size/large luxury sedan owner uses his or her vehicle, what makes you think that the XTS does not measure up well to the Germans? I see a lot of wealthy or socially climbing-types going out to dinner, commuting to work, and dropping the kids off at school in the this class of vehicle. Is the XTS somehow deficient in performing these mundane tasks in reasonable luxury and style? The XTS certainly is'nt going to be anyone's weekend trackday toy, but I doubt if the standard E-Class or 5-Series are spending a lot of time on a track.

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      09-27-2012 07:51 AM #82
      Quote Originally Posted by gti5dr06 View Post
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      But yes they have a similar demeanor.
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      09-27-2012 07:52 AM #83
      Quote Originally Posted by NoXenons View Post
      Any of these cars would be great to own at the end of the day its just down to personal choice.

      Normally when I ask an Audi owner why they chose their car they point to the so called tacky Fairy Lights at the front of the car.

      When I ask an Mercedes owner they say the finance deal was so much cheaper.

      BMW owners have usually tested all 3 and say they wanted a car that was involving and a real drivers car.

      As an owner of many cars I feel I have the best brand of car you can get and when I see an Audi or Merc know I have the best car.

      Audi Merc and Cadillac drivers in my opinion cannot really say this and must wish they too owned a BMW every time they see one.
      Odd behaviour. I never ask anyone why they bought their car. Two reasons: It's their money and I don't care.

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      10-03-2012 11:13 AM #84
      I was able to drive an ATS 2.5 yesterday -- wow! I really liked the 2.5. It did not seem like a hold-over model. The motor spins up quickly, and seems unstressed. It actually suits the ATS well because the car feels so light and agile. It's not fast, but its plenty for highway and traffic. It reminded me a lot of an E46 330i. The automatic was very good, and the manual mode was quick and precise. I'm not picky about interiors, so I had nothing to complain about. The seats were good and the touch interface didn't bother me. The car was very well put together.

      After driving the 2.5, it might just be the car I'd pick out of the ATS lineup. It seemed like a great package for a commute -- good MPG, quick, agile, and very high quality. The 2.0T would be considerably quicker, but I didn't feel like I was missing any power in the 2.5. -- This coming after just having stepped out of my CTS-V.

      Overall very impressed. This is a GREAT sport sedan.

      edit: Just to toss out some comparisons, the ATS seemed lighter and more agile than the 135i as I remember it, which was then more agile feeling than the E90 335i. Compared to an A4 2.0T as I remember it, the 2.5 is not as fast in a straight line (duh), but everything feels more precise and responsive, including the throttle.

      The ATS' cabin reminded me a lot of my Cruze's in dimensions. It's narrow and tall. The back seats are just big enough for adults, also similar to the Cruze's in dimensions.
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      10-03-2012 12:20 PM #85
      This might be an odd question, but has anyone cross-shopped this car with the IS250? (ATS 2.5)
      They both appear to have similar power, though the ATS losses 2 cylinder but gains some MPGs.
      $5K seems to be very steep just to get the CUE, rft + 17" alloys and powered seats for the premium package.

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      10-03-2012 12:44 PM #86
      Quote Originally Posted by too_slow View Post
      This might be an odd question, but has anyone cross-shopped this car with the IS250? (ATS 2.5)
      They both appear to have similar power, though the ATS losses 2 cylinder but gains some MPGs.
      $5K seems to be very steep just to get the CUE, rft + 17" alloys and powered seats for the premium package.
      The closest I've gotten to an IS250 is riding shotgun in Byron's IS-F presser, so take this with a grain of salt, but I'd bet you the IS is softer and spongier all around. The interior of the ATS is a big notch up from the IS, which is to be expected since its brand new.

      The ATS feels really light on its feet. Lighter than my Cruze. Lighter than the 911s I've driven. The closest car I've driven to it in recent memory in terms of "lightness" and front-end response is a Cayman S. Not to say the overall dynamics are on par because I didn't drive it hard, but it's worth saying the controls are precise and effortless.

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      10-03-2012 12:45 PM #87
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      It amazes me how fast dependability/reliability of new cars is improving, especially given their ever-increasing complexity/feature content. Chrysler's rating in 2012 is slightly better than Toyota's rating from 2005, yet most people only see them at the bottom and think "what a piece of crap". Just something to chew on.




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      10-03-2012 12:45 PM #88
      Quote Originally Posted by too_slow View Post
      This might be an odd question, but has anyone cross-shopped this car with the IS250? (ATS 2.5)
      They both appear to have similar power, though the ATS losses 2 cylinder but gains some MPGs.
      $5K seems to be very steep just to get the CUE, rft + 17" alloys and powered seats for the premium package.
      The ATS 2.5 that I drove also had leather wrapped everything.

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      10-03-2012 12:50 PM #89
      Thanks whitejeep and curved!
      My mom is looking to replace her 10 year old Legacy GT wagon. We're hoping to get her a small premium car. I think she would prefer the softer ride on the Lexus, but I don't think the ATS is widely available in Canada yet (it's not even on the Canadian website) so I have absolutely nothing to base it on.

      I just happen to remember that the IS is extremely cramped inside. I'm led to believe that a MK4 Jetta is more roomy on the inside.

      It would be cool if they can offer magnetic ride + HIDs as standalone options on the base 2.5. 3.6V6 is a little overkill for her. LOL

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      10-03-2012 12:52 PM #90
      I'm surprised by all these glowing reviews on the 2.5. I didn't expect a 200hp na 4-banger to be so impressive.

      As for the IS250, the IS line as a whole is due for replacement next year. It was a small, cramped car when it came out (2006 as a 2007 model, IIRC), with bad ergonomics for tall people like me. I know the ATS isn't a particularly roomy car either, but if the E90 was the benchmark, it should be roomier than the IS at least.

      Per Edmunds:

      ATS
      EPA interior volume: 101.1 cu.f
      Width: 71.1 in.
      Height: 55.9 in.
      Length: 182.8 in.
      Front track: 59.5 in.
      Rear track: 60.9 in.
      Wheel base: 109.3 in.
      Cargo capacity, all seats in place: 10.2 cu.ft.
      Maximum cargo capacity: 10.2 cu.ft.

      Front head room: 38.6 in.
      Front hip room: 53.0 in.
      Front leg room: 42.5 in.
      Front shoulder room: 55.2 in.

      Rear hip Room: 52.3 in.
      Rear head room: 36.8 in.
      Rear leg room: 33.5 in.
      Rear shoulder room: 53.9 in.

      IS
      EPA interior volume: 98.7 cu.ft.
      Width: 70.9 in.
      Height: 55.7 in.
      Length: 180.3 in.
      Ground clearance: 5.7 in.
      Front track: 60.4 in.
      Rear track: 60.4 in.
      Wheel base: 107.5 in.
      Cargo capacity, all seats in place: 13.0 cu.ft.
      Maximum cargo capacity: 13.0 cu.ft.

      Front head room: 37.2 in.
      Front hip room: 54.1 in.
      Front leg room: 43.9 in.
      Front shoulder room: 54.4 in.

      Rear hip Room: 53.7 in.
      Rear head room: 36.7 in.
      Rear leg room: 30.6 in.
      Rear shoulder room: 52.7 in.

      The measurements are somewhat ambiguous as to whether the ATS has a room advantage. Can anyone 6' or taller who's sat in an ATS chime in?

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      10-03-2012 12:56 PM #91
      Quote Originally Posted by too_slow View Post
      Thanks whitejeep and curved!
      My mom is looking to replace her 10 year old Legacy GT wagon. We're hoping to get her a small premium car. I think she would prefer the softer ride on the Lexus, but I don't think the ATS is widely available in Canada yet (it's not even on the Canadian website) so I have absolutely nothing to base it on.

      I just happen to remember that the IS is extremely cramped inside. I'm led to believe that a MK4 Jetta is more roomy on the inside.

      It would be cool if they can offer magnetic ride + HIDs as standalone options on the base 2.5. 3.6V6 is a little overkill for her. LOL
      Going completely off memory, my guess is there is about 1" more width, 2" more headroom, and 1" more rear knee room in the ATS than the IS. I agree the IS was cramped. The rear seats of the ATS were doable for me (6'4"), though my knees were touching the seats. No problem with head room. The IS's rear had my knees bending outwards, and my back hunched to fit.

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      10-03-2012 01:17 PM #92
      Looking at the configurator, who am I kidding, the 2.0T is just a bit more money with the MT.

      The 2.5 was just fine though IMO. Kind of makes me wonder what if the 2.5 came in at a lower price point.

      Perhaps the next Camaro will be poverty-spec enough to replace my Cruze. The ATS 2.5 with a Cruze's level of features -- a modern day Nova -- I'd totally be all over that.

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      10-03-2012 02:18 PM #93
      Quote Originally Posted by Mike! View Post
      The measurements are somewhat ambiguous as to whether the ATS has a room advantage. Can anyone 6' or taller who's sat in an ATS chime in?
      No offense, but a COMPACT car should be... well... compact. And that first gen Lexus IS was PERFECT size for me.

      Today's compact is well beyond what compacts were a decade ago so IMHO... I don't want ANY of them to grow any more. Obviously one's opinion of comfort/fitment in a cabin is subjective to a degree and while it might seem tight to you... it is more than adequate for my 5'7" 142lb frame. And there's more than enough in the rear for my girls.

      I highly doubt a 6' footer would have issues in the front since they even make cars like the Spark have plenty of room these days for you folks on the other side of the spectrum. But the reality has always been that if you want more space... you buy the next size up. Otherwise... there would be no such thing as vehicle size classes.

      Today's 7 Series and S Class and A8 are so damn HUGE, because they are being pushed from the bottom end. When a car like that starts pushing over 2 tons... you have to wonder what is going on.

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      10-03-2012 02:22 PM #94
      Quote Originally Posted by whitejeep1989 View Post
      The ATS 2.5 that I drove also had leather wrapped everything.
      The platform folks were asking us if we could wrap the transmission in leather and we were...

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      10-03-2012 02:30 PM #95
      Quote Originally Posted by NoXenons View Post
      BMW owners have usually tested all 3 and say they wanted a car that was involving and a real drivers car.
      From what I see on the road, most BMW drivers bought their car based on status, cachet, etc. and wouldn't know what to do with a real drivers car if it came up and bit them in the a$$...

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      10-03-2012 02:37 PM #96
      People lease poverty spec 3 series and Mini Coopers here because they are cheaper to lease than a Civic / Accord V6. Not to mention, the 3 year scheduled maintenance (they should just call it 3 free oil changes during the 3 year lease term..) is included with a new lease. Most people do not know that their 323i is RWD either (Saintor, did you know that?)

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      10-03-2012 02:54 PM #97
      Quote Originally Posted by uncleho View Post
      No offense, but a COMPACT car should be... well... compact. And that first gen Lexus IS was PERFECT size for me.

      Today's compact is well beyond what compacts were a decade ago so IMHO... I don't want ANY of them to grow any more. Obviously one's opinion of comfort/fitment in a cabin is subjective to a degree and while it might seem tight to you... it is more than adequate for my 5'7" 142lb frame. And there's more than enough in the rear for my girls.

      I highly doubt a 6' footer would have issues in the front since they even make cars like the Spark have plenty of room these days for you folks on the other side of the spectrum. But the reality has always been that if you want more space... you buy the next size up. Otherwise... there would be no such thing as vehicle size classes.

      Today's 7 Series and S Class and A8 are so damn HUGE, because they are being pushed from the bottom end. When a car like that starts pushing over 2 tons... you have to wonder what is going on.
      There's a difference between size and packaging. I'm 6'0, 32" inseam. A 144" long MINI has excellent room for me and no issues getting in or out. A 176" long IS300 had reasonable room for me up front, and no issues getting in or out. A 180" long IS250 has poor room for me up front, and I have to contort my legs in strange ways to get in or out. I actually managed to hurt my knee getting out of the first one I sat in at the NAIAS in 2007, and I really wanted to like that car.

      I don't want the next size class up. I want interior ergonomics that are designed to accommodate me. The current IS just doesn't work for me and many tall people.

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      10-03-2012 03:45 PM #98
      Quote Originally Posted by curvedinfinity View Post
      Looking at the configurator, who am I kidding, the 2.0T is just a bit more money with the MT.

      The 2.5 was just fine though IMO. Kind of makes me wonder what if the 2.5 came in at a lower price point.

      Perhaps the next Camaro will be poverty-spec enough to replace my Cruze. The ATS 2.5 with a Cruze's level of features -- a modern day Nova -- I'd totally be all over that.
      I think the Chevy Code 130 concept is the car you are looking for. It's about the size of a BMW 1-Series, and based on a shortened version of the ATS Alpha platform. RWD, lightweight, and powered by a range of turbo 4 cylinders.

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      10-03-2012 04:06 PM #99
      Quote Originally Posted by whitejeep1989 View Post
      I think the Chevy Code 130 concept is the car you are looking for. It's about the size of a BMW 1-Series, and based on a shortened version of the ATS Alpha platform. RWD, lightweight, and powered by a range of turbo 4 cylinders.
      I highly doubt that will see production, or that anything like it will make production. The next camaro will be on the same Alpha platform, and I don't see Chevy selling 2 RWD coupes that would probably overlap in price based on trim levels.

      It is a very cool concept, though, and it would be neat if they actually did produce it.

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      10-03-2012 04:20 PM #100
      Quote Originally Posted by uncleho View Post
      The platform folks were asking us if we could wrap the transmission in leather and we were...
      Driving this leather lined car made me miss Pontiac. I am not really a luxury car kind of person. I prefer an honest and simple car without a lot of pretense. The ATS is a great car, but I'd like this platform without the leather, infotainment, and even the relatively few bits of chrome. This car would have been the replacement for the G6. Pity we will never see such a capable car but at Pontiac prices.

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