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John Diether
Automotive Editor - August 15, 2016

2017 Cadillac ATS 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 (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:


Gets 2-liter engine and features such as power front seats (leatherette), a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10-speaker Bose sound system with satellite and HD radio. The new Teen Driver feature records driving data and allows parents to set performance limits.


Adds a navigation system, leather upholstery, heated front seats with additional 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 V6 engine is available at extra cost.

Premium Luxury

Comes standard with the V6 and a Driver Awareness package with lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic monitoring, and forward collision alert. Other perks include a sunroof, front sport seats, adaptive xenon headlights with automatic high beams, shift paddles, and LED running lights. The optional Driver Assist package tacks on adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking.

Premium Performance

Adds an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, a limited slip differential, standard 18-inch wheels, summer performance tires, and a color head-up display. The Premium Performance comes in rear-drive, V6 form only. Exclusive to this trim is the available Track Performance package with a heavy-duty cooling system and performance brake pads. The Driver Assist package remains available.

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.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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