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Offered in rear- or all-wheel drive, the ATS has nimble, capable handling and sharp steering that makes it a treat to drive. The 2.0-liter turbo is quick, but it doesn't feel all that powerful and got just 23 mpg overall when we tested it with the old six-speed automatic, which has been supplanted by a better eight-speed unit. A smooth, refined 3.6-liter V6 is also available. The ride is taut, and braking is excellent. However, the Cue infotainment system, with its flush buttons, is very convoluted and frustrating to use. The interior is well-finished but very snug, particularly in the back. The high-performance ATS-V gets a 464-hp twin-turbo V6, and a two-door coupe is also available. Reliability has remained well below average.

Road Test

Cadillac's eagerly anticipated small sports sedan is heartbreaking. It's an absolute blast to drive but really maddening to live with. The ATS's sharp handling and eager performance give up nothing compared with the best European sports sedans, inclu...

Highs

  • It's a fully competitive small sports sedan for domestic loyalists
  • Has fantastic driving dynamics

Lows

  • Standard CUE interface makes tuning the radio nearly impossible while moving, and the climate controls aren't much better
  • 2.0-liter turbo is gruff and less powerful than its rating suggests

Best Version to Get

Cadillac doesn't build the perfect ATS, which would probably be a V6 without CUE and possibly with a manual transmission. The best of the existing lot may be our Luxury-trimmed test car, which was well-equipped and competitively priced. Even the base "Standard" trim level gets CUE...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 6 year/70,000 miles
Body Styles
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (272 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 turbo (464 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (335 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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