Jan 31, 2016
Reviewed By Jim Pickering
Price as Tested $56,415: 335-hp 3.6L V6, 8-sp automatic transmission w/performance algorithm tapshift, magnetic ride control, electronic variable rate steering, Brembo front brakes, heated 12-way power seats, Cadillac 8-inch touch display with navigation, Bose stereo, Head-up display, start/stop system
Likes

A sporty little coupe with a lot of nice options. Comfortable interior with high-quality materials, good power from growly V6 and aggressive 8-speed gearing. Tight steering, fantastic brakes, decent mileage.

Dislikes

Start/stop technology isn’t exactly in its infancy, but this unit felt clunky at best, especially at re-start. Active seatbelts give you an unnerving “hug” when you first start rolling. Cadillac’s CUE touch interface gives you what appear to be radio and climate buttons, but they’re actually hard plastic markers below the actual touch-sensitive controls. Hard to get used to.

Verdict

Cadillac is aiming right at higher-priced Europeans in the segment with the ATS, and all things considered, it’s a solid competitor. Then again, I didn’t find a lot that stood out here, and for the $56k you’ll need to pay for one, I expect a little more excitement. But, for a nicely-equipped premium coupe with a balanced grand-tourer feel, this is worth a look.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower 335

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