Despite a generally favorable reception, the Cadillac ATS has historically suffered from mediocre sales. It returns in coupe-only form for this year, but expect the 2019 Cadillac ATS to be the last of the badge – the CT3 will take over in 2020.
What's New for 2019
Though it manages to disprove the rumors of its demise, the Cadillac ATS still suffers some losses for 2019. The most notable of these are the rear two doors and the manual transmission, leaving only coupes and automatics.
Choosing Your Cadillac ATS
The Cadillac ATS begins with a choice of two engines. The first, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, produces 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The second is a 3.6-liter V6 with 335 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque. Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
All-wheel drive is available on all except the top trim, usually for a $2,000 price bump. Fuel economy starts at an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 combined for the base engine, with the V6 managing a respectable 19/29/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) thanks to cylinder-deactivation technology.
The interior offers seating for four, although the back seat is compact. Luxury is what you’d expect in a Cadillac, with Bose sound systems, a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, keyless entry, push-button start, and a rearview camera as standard features across the board. The ATS also places an emphasis on performance, with an independent sport suspension and brakes courtesy of Brembo.
Other features are distributed across four trims: Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Premium Performance.
If you’re on a budget, the 2019 Cadillac ATS Luxury trim gets the features you need without pushing the price too high, and the base engine is still an excellent performer. If you have the cash, the Premium Luxury’s magnetic ride control will unlock the best performance short of the thunderous ATS-V.