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2016 2.5L Standard 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $33,215
2016 2.0L Turbo Standard 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $35,245
2016 2.0L Turbo Standard 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $37,245
2016 2.5L Luxury Collection 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $37,340
2016 2.0L Turbo Standard 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $37,995
2016 2.0L Turbo Luxury Collection 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $39,340
2016 2.0L Turbo Standard 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $40,445
2016 2.0L Turbo Luxury Collection 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $41,340
2016 3.6L Luxury Collection 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $41,340
2016 2.0L Turbo Luxury Collection 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $41,920
2016 2.0L Turbo Performance Collection 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $43,155
2016 3.6L Luxury Collection 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $43,340
2016 2.0L Turbo Luxury Collection 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $44,520
2016 3.6L Luxury Collection 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $45,150
2016 2.0L Turbo Performance Collection 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $45,155
2016 3.6L Performance Collection 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $45,155
2016 2.0L Turbo Performance Collection 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $45,445
2016 2.0L Turbo Premium Collection 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $46,110
2016 3.6L Performance Collection 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,155
2016 2.0L Turbo Premium Collection 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,210
2016 2.0L Turbo Performance Collection 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $47,445
2016 2.0L Turbo Premium Collection 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $47,605
2016 3.6L Luxury Collection 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $47,750
2016 3.6L Premium Collection 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $48,110
2016 3.6L Performance Collection 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $48,675
2016 2.0L Turbo Premium Collection 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $48,715
2016 3.6L Premium Collection 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $49,210
2016 3.6L Performance Collection 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $50,675
2016 3.6L Premium Collection 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $50,835
2016 3.6L Premium Collection 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $51,945

Overview

Anyone with a pair of eyes can probably guess that the compact ATS is lighter and more efficient than the average Cadillac. What really counts in this case isn’t size, but character. The ATS comes off as a true sport sedan, capable of entertaining high-spirited drivers without complaint.

What's New for 2016

The ATS receives a new optional V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Cadillac ATS

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 an all-new 3.6-liter V6 that achieves 333 horsepower, a dozen more than last year's V6. Cadillac also claims a 9 percent increase in efficiency thanks to additional fuel-saving technology.

An eight-speed automatic replaces the previous six-speed unit on all models. A six-speed manual is offered with the 2-liter only. All-wheel drive is available on all automatic-equipped cars except sedans with the 2.5-liter engine.

The ATS lineup is composed of four trim levels:

Cadillac ATS

Standard

Comes with power front seats with leatherette upholstery, Bluetooth, 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.

Cadillac ATS

Luxury

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 also standard.

Cadillac ATS

Performance

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. The 2.5-liter engine is no longer available at this level and above.

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Premium

Combines the Luxury and Performance equipment, and 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 a 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 performs just as smartly (except when equipped with the base 2.5-liter engine).

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: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Cadillac’s compact doesn’t look or feel all that small. With the new V6 and eight-speed automatic on tap, ATS qualifies as an authentic sport sedan, while exuding hints of performance-ready Cadillacs of the past.

Pricing and Equipment

Starting at $34,210 (plus a $995 destination charge) in base form with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the possibilities reach all the way up to a super-performance ATS-V. My ATS Premium sedan came with a 3.6-liter 335-horsepower V6 engine and rear-wheel drive. The MSRP was $49,105 (including destination charge), but options boosted the total to $55,430.

Standard equipment for the model tested included:

  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Performance Algorithm Tapshift
  • Magnesium paddle shifters
  • Performance suspension
  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Keyless start

Performance Pros

Cadillac ATS
  • Acceleration is strong. Despite a slightly heavy feel when starting off, the V6 springs into action with enthusiasm, sometimes almost leaping ahead.
  • Well-controlled handling produces a sense of full confidence, as if you’re driving a Cadillac. Which you are. To enhance surefootedness, that mildly heavy feel is a benefit.
  • Quietness. You might not hear the proverbial pin drop; but with windows shut, not much sound from the engine or outside makes its way into the well-sealed cabin.

Performance Cons

  • Transmission operation. An occasional low-speed shift arrives with a bit of a jolt. Not much or often, but the transmission is a little too evident at such times.
  • Ride quality. Because the ATS is usually smooth-riding, helped by Magnetic Ride Control, periodic harshness comes as a shock. Literally so, when I hit a railroad track or encounter one of those nasty Midwestern potholes.

Interior Pros

Cadillac ATS
  • Digital speedometer and head-up display. They’re easy to read at a glance, which is more than I can say for some analog instruments, notably the backward-reading fuel gauge.
  • Comfortable, supportive front seats. Not only is headroom plentiful in these serious seats, but getting in and out doesn’t require the head-ducking demanded by a lot of today’s sedans.
  • Navigation screen is among the clearest and easiest to read, though troublesome controls detract from its worthiness.

Interior Cons

  • Rear-seat space. Getting into the back is the first hurdle, demanding some squirming through the low, narrow opening. The seat platform protrudes forward, stealing some foot room. Worse yet, headroom is skimpy even for outboard occupants. Roof indentations add a little space, but I’d hate to be sitting there when hard braking causes my vulnerable head to jerk sharply forward.
  • Controls. Cadillac’s CUE system has endured considerable criticism, and I’ll add my voice to those complaints. Trying to use the combination of touchscreen and ambiguous buttons (which have little tactile feel) made me wish for ways to avoid using the controls at all.
  • Over-the-shoulder visibility is impeded somewhat by wide pillars and bulky headrests.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

This is a bit of a toughie, because nothing really stood out during my week of testing, apart from performance. So, let’s give that spirited, zesty response our seal of somewhat surprised approval.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Let’s be blunt: the Stop/Start system, intended to improve fuel economy, proved to be inconsistent, unreliable, and annoying. Typically, the engine stopped or started with a shudder and shake. Few such “intelligent” systems work perfectly, but the ATS version is especially dense. All too often, the engine failed to shut off when it should have (waiting at a railroad crossing), or stopped too soon, abruptly (when pulling into a parking spot, before reaching the desired position).

The Bottom Line

In this category of sport-luxury, annoyances make a difference. Even though the ATS behaves masterfully in general, especially on the highway, bothersome flaws make it hard to issue a resounding note of approval.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 202 HP / 191 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd Driver Shift Control w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 32 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 202 HP / 191 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 32 / 27 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc / Brembo 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
16.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$61
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
10.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
91 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.8 "
Exterior Width
71.1 "
Exterior Height
55.9 "
Front Headroom
38.6 "
Rear Headroom
36.8 "
Front Legroom
42.5 "
Rear Legroom
33.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,319 Lbs.
Wheel Base
109 "
Turning Radius
18.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Painted Aluminum / 17.0 " Polished Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Polished Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Painted Aluminum / 18.0 " Painted Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome / Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Armrests
(6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
7 Bose / 10 Bose Surround Sound
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Iii+
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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