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 (or coupe), capable of entertaining high-spirited drivers without complaint.
What's New for 2017
Cadillac's CUE infotainment is now standard across the board, along with new teen driver technology. Trim levels have been revised to better reflect buying habits. A Carbon Black appearance package joins the option list. Last year's base 2.5-liter engine is gone from the lineup.
Choosing Your Cadillac ATS
Both the sedan and coupe now come standard with a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 272 horsepower, matched to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The optional 3.6-liter V6 achieves 333 horsepower and comes with the automatic only. All-wheel drive is available on all automatic-equipped cars.
Engine availability varies by trim level:
The Luxury and above can get the new Carbon Black package featuring Recaro sport seats, 18-inch wheels, and unique black trim throughout. The upgraded suspension found on the Premium Performance can be added to other rear-drive models as a standalone upgrade.
This year's restructuring of trim levels has made the V6 engine and certain safety features far more affordable. The added value is especially evident in the Premium Luxury model, so it's our pick of the bunch.