Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tania's New Ride

After two years of looking and test driving around 15 different vehicles, Tania decided on a car.

The GXP had 140K+ miles on it and after us spending 4K in transmission repairs over the last nine months we decided it was time. If GM still made the Grand Prix GXP we would have bought another in a heartbeat.

We were able to get the dealership to bring ATS in from quite a distance away that had the options we wanted. The only real issue with the car is, the base is around 37k and then Cadillac has around 15K in available options. The way they are packaged together makes it very difficult to get the options you want without just buying them all. Probably the hardest compromise she made was on the HUD, basically its part of a sub 5k options package.

This is a 2.0L Turbo AWD with an intermediate number of options.

The 2.0L Turbo is rated at 272 hp and 260 ft/lb torque, this is at up to 20 psi of boost. This makes the car capable of sub six second 0-60, low 14's in the quarter and up to 30mpg. The car has nearly 50-50 weight distribution, Brembo brakes and 20" wheels.

Its performance is better than the GXP, and is considered to be equal to or better than the 3 series BMW. Will have the next eight years or so to decide if its a good car.

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