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John Diether
Automotive Editor - August 26, 2014

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4.8 (Excellent)
20 City / 28 Highway

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2015 Cadillac ATS OVERVIEW

Cadillac's entry-level luxury line promises true driving enjoyment with a healthy dose of flamboyant American character. The approach must be working—the ATS is now the brand's second-best seller.

What's New for 2015

The ATS gets a revised front fascia with Cadillac's newly updated crest. The big news is the addition of a coupe body style.

2015 Cadillac ATS Glam

Choosing Your Cadillac ATS

The sedan starts out with 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 202 horsepower. Available on the sedan and standard on the coupe is a 2-liter turbo with 272 horsepower that's much more in tune with car's sporty personality. The top choice for both is a 3.6-liter V6 that achieves 321 horsepower. A six-speed automatic is mandatory with the 2.5-liter and V6, and the 2-liter turbo can also get a six-speed manual. All-wheel drive is available on all automatic-equipped models except sedans with the 2.5-liter engine.

The ATS lineup is composed of four trim levels:


Comes with power front seats with leatherette upholstery, Bluetooth phone, heated mirrors and a seven-speaker Bose sound system with satellite radio. The available Cadillac User Experience (CUE) adds a rearview camera and an upgraded Bose system with HD radio and an 8-inch touchscreen. Note the V6 is not available in Standard trim.


Adds leather seats with additional power adjustments and driver memory, remote start, front and rear parking sensors, run-flat tires, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a split-folding rear seat. The CUE system is standard.

The next two trim levels are available with the 2-liter turbo or V6 engines:


Equips the ATS with front sport seats, xenon headlights, aluminum pedal trim and dual exhaust outlets. You also get a Driver Awareness Package with safety technology such as forward collision alert, rear cross-traffic monitoring and lane-departure warning. All of the Luxury contents continue, except the split-folding rear seat.


Combines the Luxury and Performance equipment, then adds summer performance tires on 18-inch wheels, a navigation system, a color head-up display, an adaptive sport suspension and a limited-slip rear differential. Rear-drive V6 models can get the Track Performance Package, which adds an engine oil cooler and upgraded brakes.

Available on the Performance and Premium is the Driver Assist Package, which gets you adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and a collision mitigation system with automatic braking. All models are eligible for the Cold Weather Package with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. A sunroof is a standalone option.

CarsDirect Tip

While the coupe clearly wins on style, you'll need to give up some head and shoulder room. That might make the already-compact interior too snug for your needs, which shouldn't be too much of a disappointment since the sedan is just as entertaining to drive.

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