Genuinely sporty handling; signature Cadillac styling; improved CUE infotainment system
Limited rear legroom; tight trunk; unrefined turbocharged engine.
For 2017, the base ATS sedan now comes standard with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, bringing an end to the undesirable old 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. The CUE tech interface is also now standard on every ATS, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Trim-level structure and content have also been altered. See the 2017 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 adding the V6. As for trim level, we actually think the base model is now well-enough equipped to meet the needs and wants of most buyers -- although the Luxury trim's added leather heated seats may make the step up worth it. Find a Cadillac ATS for sale
The 2017 Cadillac ATS sedan and coupe are available in four trim levels: the base ATS, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Premium Performance. The high-performance ATS-V is effectively a fifth trim level.
Base-level ATS models ($34,600 sedan; $37,600 coupe) offer 17-inch wheels, a rearview camera, keyless start, dual-zone automatic climate control, 6-way power front seats, leatherette vinyl upholstery, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, three USB ports, the Cadillac CUE electronic interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Stepping up to the ATS Luxury ($38,400 sedan; $41,400 coupe) adds navigation functionality to CUE plus leather upholstery, heated 10-way power front seats with memory settings, a heated steering wheel and a split-folding back seat.
The Premium Luxury ($44,000 sedan; $47,000 coupe) gains the standard V6 engine, LED running/accent lights, a sunroof, automatic wipers, xenon headlights, sport seats and a suite of accident-avoidance tech (forward-collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and rear cross-traffic warning systems).
The Premium Performance ($47,000 sedan; $49,500) adds 18-in wheels and tires, a magnetically controlled adaptive suspension, a limited-slip differential, a power-adjustable steering wheel and a head-up display. It is the only ATS, apart from the V, to not offer all-wheel drive as an option.
The ATS-V ($60,700 sedan; $62,900 coupe) is for the most part equipped like a base ATS, though it does offer an abundance of performance-enhancing elements, a standard magnetically controlled suspension, parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated power sport seats and power-adjustable wheels. Other optional equipment is available through option packages along with a variety of further performance-enhancing features. Indeed, most of the nonperformance content found in upper ATS trim levels is available on lower ones.
|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||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2017 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 are known as the 4 Series). But we think the two go toe-to-toe in most major areas.
2017 Jaguar XE -- Like the ATS, the XE is a great choice for those who put "fun to drive" at the top of their priority list. With its terrific steering and suspension tuning, plus a thrilling supercharged V6, it's a great performance choice.
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class -- The C-Class is the benchmark for luxury in the segment, offering a beautifully made and amply equipped interior. Unlike some baby Benzes from the past, this one looks and drives like a real Mercedes.
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.