pretty much what i said, yes it came in 3rd but in what company Lexus and BMW (there are more cars in this segment), and the impression i got from the article was they were rooting for it and wanted it to win, based on how well it drove. what I find interesting is how hard they ding the car because of CUE (most likely a pre-updated CUE at that), yet when the 3 series had the gen1 idrive, which was equally a disaster, they still found it in their hearts to let it win every time they tested it and be on the top ten list. it's a double standard car before tech for them and tech before car for us.
if it were only the handling and ride the ATS would have come in first. But due to CUE, which they said was as welcome as herpes, and some cheap appointments on the interior it fell to third place.