Most ATS models receive only minor changes for 2016. In addition to a revised V6 engine with a new 8-speed automatic transmission, the ATS also offers an updated version of its CUE infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Most notable, however, is the sporty new ATS-V model, which is now the high-performance champion in the ATS lineup. See the 2016 Cadillac ATS models for sale near you
We think most ATS shoppers will be happiest with the turbocharged ATS. It's powerful, fuel-efficient and available in numerous configurations. Plus, it's cheaper than the V6. As for trim level, that's up to you. Our favorite is the Performance, especially with its standard Driver Awareness package -- but it's hard to go wrong with any ATS trim. Find a Cadillac ATS for sale
Standard ATS models are offered in four trim levels: a base-level model called only the ATS, followed by midlevel Luxury and Performance trims, along with a range-topping Premium model. The ATS Coupe is also offered in all four trim levels, with equipment roughly mirroring that of the sedan -- though the coupe doesn't offer the sedan's base-level 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. Finally, the new high-perfomance ATS-V can be had as a sedan or a coupe.
Base-level ATS models ($34,200 sedan; $39,000 coupe) offer automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, Bluetooth, satellite radio, an iPod/USB interface and an auxiliary jack for MP3 players. Premium vinyl upholstery, which looks a lot like leather, is also included. When choosing a base ATS, drivers can pick between the 2.5-liter engine and the 2.0T.
Step up to the ATS Luxury ($38,300 sedan; $42,900 coupe), and you get many more features, ranging from a remote starter to keyless access, dual power front seats with driver memory, a rearview camera and leather upholstery. The Luxury also adds Cadillac's touchscreen CUE infotainment system to the center control stack with newly available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Like the base-level ATS, luxury models offer the choice between the 2.5-liter and the 2.0T.
Next up is the ATS Performance ($44,200 sedan; $46,400 coupe), which is no longer available with the 2.5-liter engine. Instead, it adds the 3.6-liter V6 to its list of options, while the 2.0T is now standard. Other standard features include sport seats, xenon headlights, an upgraded sound system and a Driver Awareness package. The package features forward-collision alert, automatic wipers, rear-side airbags, a lane-departure warning system and rear cross-traffic alert.
Topping the ATS lineup is the Premium ($47,100 sedan; $48,600 coupe), which also comes with the 2.0T as standard and the V6 as optional. Premium models include standard navigation, 18-in alloys and a full-color head-up display projected on the windshield.
The all-new ATS-V ($61,500 sedan; $63,700 coupe) adds the twin-turbocharged V6, along with 18-in alloy wheels, a host of exterior upgrades (such as a carbon-fiber hood and more aggressive front and rear fascias), GM's excellent Magnetic Ride Control suspension, a limited-slip differential and most of the comfort and convenience features from the ATS Performance.
All ATS models feature a wide range of options. ATS models equipped with the 2.0T or naturally aspirated V6 engines come standard with rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is also available -- even on the coupe. The ATS also offers a Cold Weather package with heated seats and a heated steering wheel, as well as a Driver Awareness package -- standard on Performance and Premium models -- that offers several safety features.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2016 BMW 3 Series -- The 3 Series still has a leg up on Cadillac in the powertrain department, and it's also offered as a wagon, a coupe or a convertible (the latter two of which have been recently renamed to the 4 Series). But we think the two go toe-to-toe in most major areas.
2016 Lexus IS -- We considered recommending the Audi A4 instead, but we think the IS sedan's sporty mission is more in line with that of the ATS. Offered with a choice of two V6 engines, the rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive IS is similarly compact and sporty.
Used Cadillac CTS -- If you like the ATS's looks, performance and interior but need more space, consider the larger CTS. Prices are higher, though, so you may have to consider a used model.