2017 Cadillac ATS

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2017 MODEL
$34,595 - $46,995 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

For a long time, German Sedans have been the ones dominating the premium sedan segment, bringing in brilliantly engineered, luxurious, and fun to drive cars to the American shores. Although many others have tried to establish themselves in this segment too, they haven't had much success. But that might change really soon, as Cadillac has introduced a new and updated 2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan.

The closest competition to the ATS Sedan consists of the Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan, BMW 330i Sedan, and Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium, all of which are mid-level sedans by the most popular German manufacturers.

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Pros

Smooth power with turbo four-cylinder engine

Excellent handling

Sharp styling

Inventive cabin materials

Cons

Noisy four-cylinder engine

Balky automatic transmission

Some poorly fitted cabin materials

Tiny trunk

Counterintuitive controls

What's New?

Updated Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system

A Turbocharge 4-cylinder engine is now standard and an optional V6 is now available.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34595

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

150 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

272 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

295 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.6 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

182.8 in.

width

71.1 in.

height

55.9 in.

curb weight

3373 lbs.

ground clearance

5.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

91 cu ft.

cargo volume

10.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

14.2 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

5.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

163 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/31 mpg

highway range

496 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Cadillac ATS in Black Raven color  2017 Cadillac ATS in Bronze Dune Metallic color  2017 Cadillac ATS in Crystal White Tricoat color  2017 Cadillac ATS in Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic color  2017 Cadillac ATS in Moonstone Metallic color  2017 Cadillac ATS in Phantom Gray Metallic color  2017 Cadillac ATS in Radiant Silver Metallic color  2017 Cadillac ATS in Red Obsession Tintcoat color
Black Raven

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine

8.4

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

7.3

Exterior

7.7

Safety

7.6

Comfort

7.1

Driving

8.3

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Cadillac ATS Base

Base

power
272 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$34,595 - $36,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $34,595 MSRP (22/25/31) 272 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $36,595 MSRP (22/25/30) 272 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Cadillac ATS 2.0L Turbo Luxury

2.0L Turbo Luxury

power
272 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
25 combined

$38,395 - $40,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0L Turbo Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $38,395 MSRP (22/25/31) 272 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4,
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
2.0L Turbo Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8AM) Starting at $40,395 MSRP (22/25/30) 272 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4,
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Cadillac ATS Luxury

Luxury

power
272 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$38,395 - $40,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $38,395 MSRP (22/25/31) 272 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $40,395 MSRP (22/25/30) 272 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
335 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$43,995 - $45,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $43,995 MSRP (20/24/30) 335 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $45,995 MSRP (19/22/27) 335 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Cadillac ATS Premium Performance

Premium Performance

power
335 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$46,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Performance 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $46,995 MSRP (20/24/30) 335 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

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MPG: 19 combined

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8.1/10

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MPG: 18 combined

2018 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe
8.0/10

Engine: 464 hp @ 5850 rpm, 3.6 L V6

MPG: 19 combined

2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid Sedan
8.5/10

Engine: 265 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 26 combined

2019 Cadillac XT4
8.0/10

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MPG: 26 combined

2017 Cadillac CTS-V
8.0/10

Engine: 640 hp @ 6400 rpm, 6.2 L V8

MPG: 17 combined

2017 Cadillac ATS-V
8.0/10

Engine: 464 hp @ 5850 rpm, 3.6 L V6

MPG: 19 combined

2018 Cadillac CT6
8.2/10

Engine: 265 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 25 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 24, 2018

7.7

Overall Rating


7.8/10
Features

 

8.4/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.3/10
Interior

 

7.7/10
Exterior

 

7.6/10
Safety

 
 
 

Cadillac's ATS product line features key improvements in core aspects for 2017 models, including new and more streamlined trim levels that further provide more choices to the consumer, helping them find the best model suited for their needs and budgets. The 2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan is also the fastest in its class, owing to the most powerful turbo-4 engine in the class. the best part is that it isn't a ridiculously priced luxury sedan like some of offerings from other brands.

2017 Cadillac ATS Features

7.8/10

For 2017, the Cadillac ATS Sedan is available in four distinct trims. These are all available in either rear-wheel drive version or all-wheel drive version, except for the Premium Performance trim, which is only available in rear-wheel drive mode, available for $46,995.

The cheapest trim, the base ATS model, retails for $34,595 for the rear-wheel drive version, and for $2,000 more for the all-wheel-drive version. The ATS Luxury trim adds more equipment on board, along with $3,800 on the corresponding base model. The next is the Premium Luxury trim, which has even more equipment and adds $9,500 to the consequent base model.

Trim

Cadillac ATS Sedan

Cadillac ATS Sedan Luxury

Cadillac ATS Sedan Premium Luxury

Cadillac ATS Sedan Premium performance

MSRP (RWD)

$34,595

$38,395

$43,995

$46,995

MSRP (AWD)

$36,595

$40,395

$45,995

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Key Features

ZF premium steering

Heated front seats and steering wheel

3.6-Liter V6 engine

Additional features to Premium Luxury Sedan

 

Fully independent sport suspension

Front and Rear Park Assist

Illuminating exterior door handles

Power tilt and telescoping steering column

 

Bose Premium Surround Sound Audio system

Leather seating surfaces with 8-way adjustable power front seats, plus 2-way power lumbar and 4-way headrest adjustment

HID headlamps/Adaptive Forward Lighting/LED vertical light signatures/IntelliBeam

Full-color, reconfigurable Head-Up Display (HUD)

 

Rear Vision Camera

Universal Home Remote

Rain sense automatic wipers

High-capacity engine cooling

 

Keyless Access, Passive Entry and Push-Button Start

 

Forward Collision Alert and Following Distance Indicator

Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert

 

Natural Voice Recognition

 

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Safety Alert Seat

We Recommend

If affordable is what you seek, then the base trim suits you just fine. If you have a bigger budget and want a performance-oriented ATS, choose the Premium Luxury AWD trim. It comes feature-loaded and that V6 under-the-hood performs excellently.

2017 Cadillac ATS Engine

8.4/10

"Luxury sport coupes have long been dominated by BMW and Mercedes. But Cadillac has quietly closed the gap, especially in terms of dynamics. The 3.6-liter ATS Coupe is competitive on the test track and around town compared to rivals, and it isn't even the range-topping version"-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission 

The Cadillac ATS Sedan is powered by a surprisingly powerful turbocharged 2 liter inline 4 engine, maximum power and torque figures at 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Both the power and torque are class-leading, and the Cadillac also has the exhaust note to boot.

The transmission is an 8-speed automatic, which isn't as quick or smooth as its German rivals. It performs decently well though, and if you were to calculate the price to performance ratio, the Cadillac would emerge at the top.

Models

Cadillac ATS Sedan

Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan

BMW 330i Sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

MSRP

$34,595

$39,500

$38,750

$37,300

Engine

2.0L Turbo, I4, DI, DOHC

2.0L Turbo I4

2.0L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder Turbocharged

2.0L TFSI I4 DOHC

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

7-speed automatic

Horsepower

272 hp @ 5,500 rpm

241 hp @ 5,500 rpm

248 hp @ 5,200 rpm

252 hp @ 5,000 rpm

Torque

295 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1,300 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,450 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Only Audi A4 comes a little closer to the ATS in terms of performance. Mercedes C300 and BMW 330i have pretty low power to offer. Clearly, the 2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan is the most powerful car in this segment.

Acceleration 

The performance of a car can make a huge difference in its perception to the public. Even the simplest looking car can become desirable if its quick. As such, the Cadillac ticks all the right boxes when it comes to performance. It goes from a standstill to 60 mph in just under 5 and a half seconds, while quarter-mile comes up in just under 14 seconds.

Models

Cadillac ATS Sedan

Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan

BMW 330i Sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

0-60 MPH

5.4 sec

5.8 sec

5.5 sec

5.7

Quarter mile

13.9 sec

14.8 sec

14.4 sec

13.8 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1

6.3

6.6

6.3

The competition loses out again to the Cadillac here, being slower in both the 0 to 60 mph and the quarter-mile run. This could solely be brought down to the gap in horsepower, however, the ATS Sedan pays for it in the emissions, where it is the most harmful to the environment.

Ride and handling

Although American cars have come a long way in handling, there is still some way to go. That doesn't mean the Cadillac is like an old muscle car which wallows in the corners, it doesn't. The car is quite stable in the corners, especially the all-wheel-drive version, but it doesn't have the fun factor that the rivals offer.

The German rivals have plenty of electronics on board to check on everything, and then even more electronics to check on these electronics. This causes them to be heavy, and consequently slow, even in the braking department. All the cars use stainless steel disc brake setup all around, just like the ATS Sedan.

Braking

Braking duties in the Cadillac ATS are handled by stainless steel discs at all the wheels, 12.6 inches at the front and 12.4 inches at the rear. These powerful brakes give the car a surprisingly strong deceleration. The Cadillac comes to a halt in only 115 feet, once again the best in class. The handling leaves something to be desired though, especially compared to its German rivals.

Model

Cadillac ATS Sedan

Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan

BMW 330i Sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

13.0

12.3

13.0

Brake Rear (in.)

12.4

11.8

11.8

13.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,373

3,417

3,541

3,483

60-0 MPH (ft.)

115

131

123

126

 

2017 Cadillac ATS Fuel Economy

7.7/10

Fuel economy has recently become one of the main concerns while buying a car, especially for affordable cars. Cadillac understands that, and that is why they engineered the ATS to be quite efficient. It gives 22 Mpg in the city, and 31 mpg on the highway, which brings the total economy figures to an impressive 25 miles per gallon.

Model

Cadillac ATS Sedan

Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan

BMW 330i Sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

MPG (city)

22

24

23

25

MPG (highway)

31

34

34

33

MPG (combined)

25

28

27

28

Mercedes-Benz C300, even though it is the heaviest car in this comparison, has the best fuel economy figures in this comparison, which is all due to its clever gearing. The Audi A4 ties with Mercedes, but with better economy within the city, losing out in the highway. The BMW 330i runs very close, only losing by one mpg.

2017 Cadillac ATS Interior

7.3/10

"The downside to the ATS' focus on handling and performance is a stiff ride that comes at the expense of comfort. Despite their firmness, the all-important front seats are still supportive over the long haul. But it's on the loud side"- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Cadillac offers a generous amount of space in the front seats of the ATS Sedan, and even the rear seats are also not cramped. There is plenty of headroom all around, and only tall passengers might have a bit of discomfort in the rear seats. The legroom is great in the front, and acceptable in the rear.

Model

Cadillac ATS Sedan

Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan

BMW 330i Sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.60/55.20/42.50

37.1/54.7/41.7

40.3/55.1/42.0

38.9/55.9/41.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.80/53.90/33.50

36.9/55.0/33.4

37.7/55.1/35.1

37.4/54.5/35.7

BMW Engineers have cleverly designed the 3-series sedan in such a way as to offer the maximum space on the inside, while taking up a less real estate on the outside, offering best in class space all around. The A4 comes quite close but falls slightly behind, followed closely by the C300.

Infotainment 

Cadillac has given the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system a major update for 2017, and this system seems to be more fluid and informative. Even after that, the CUE interface is quite difficult to use. The standard feature on offer are:

  • 8-inch Touchscreen
  • Sat-Nav
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 12-month OnStar Subscription

Cargo

Cadillac ATS Sedan does a lot of things nicely but asking it to carry your entire luggage in the trunk would be a little too much. The cargo space is a disappointing 10.4 cubic feet, which means you can carry a maximum of two bags in it. The rest of the luggage for your road trips will have to be adjusted on the rear seats.

Model

Cadillac ATS Sedan

Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan

BMW 330i Sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

Volume (ft. cube)

10.4

12.6

13.0

13.0

The BMW and the Audi tie for the first place in the cargo space category, offering a moderate 13 cubic feet of storage, which actually works well enough for cars this size. The Merc follows a close second, which isn't too bad either.

2017 Cadillac ATS Exterior

7.7/10

"Angular bodywork set off with Cadillac's signature LED-infused vertical lighting elements gives the ATS an edge. The 2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe has the same 109.3-inch wheelbase as the sedan, but overall is slightly wider, lower and longer"-KBB

Dimensions and Weight 

The 2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan is a unique and dramatic looking vehicle that grabs attention everywhere. As previously stated, the ATS Sedan is the lightest amongst all cars in this comparison, weighing under 3,400 pounds. It also has quite moderate dimensions and a low roof height too. The ground clearance is fine, but anything more than pebbles will have the car struggling.

Model

Cadillac ATS Sedan

Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan

BMW 330i Sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

Curb weight (lbs.)

3,373

3,417

3,541

3,483

Length(in)

182.80

184.5

182.8

186.1

Width(in)

71.10

71.3

71.3

72.5

Height(in)

55.90

56.8

56.3

56.2

Ground clearance (in)

5.4

4.1

5.5

5.7

Wheelbase (in)

109.30

111.8

110.6

111.0

Track width (in) F/R

59.50/60.90

61.5/60.9

60.3/61.9

61.9/61.2

The Audi is the largest car here, with the longest, and also the widest dimensions. It also has the highest ground clearance, although it is still best suited for city roads. The Merc has the largest wheelbase, probably in order to free up space for the rear passengers. The BMW uses the middle ground approach, with its moderate dimensions.

Exterior Features

There are plenty of features, even on the outside of the car. These features include:

  • Daylight running lights
  • Chrome-accented front grille
  • Power-adjustable outside mirrors
  • Projector Headlamp
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
     

2017 Cadillac ATS Safety

7.6/10

The ATS sedan comes loaded with excellent safety features. The base trim might not be well equipped but as you go higher up the trims, the safety features increase. Premium trims of the ATS get blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic alerts. The NHTSA and IIIHS have not crash tested the ATS Sedan yet.

Safety Features

Cadillac has made sure that the ATS Sedan is safe for all the people who buy or travel in it. Some of the Standard Safety Features are listed below

  • 8 airbags
  • Rear child security door locks
  • Airbags, rear side for outboard seating positions
  • Automatic Safety Belt Tightening
  • Cadillac Edition First Aid Kit
  • Traction control, all-speed, brake and engine controlled
  • StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children), for child safety seats
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and front passenger
     

2017 Cadillac ATS Competition

Mercedes Benz C300 vs Cadillac ATS

Mercedes-Benz has been the most recognizable brand all around the world, so much so that having a three-point star in the front and back of a car can increase the value of the car ten-folds. The Mercedes is also a bit more efficient than the Cadillac. The design language however, is more subdued as compared to the Cadillac but feels more classy and elegant.

The higher price of the Mercedes would be enough for some to pick one over the other. The ATS, however, has better performance and has more power too. It is also quite cheaper, which makes for great value.

BMW 330i vs Cadillac ATS

BMW offers the best in class space inside the cabin, and also has the most engaging drive, with a great fun to drive character and quite a powerful engine. Not to mention the premium brand image along with the classy design and looks and also the reliability, which are all off the charts.

The Cadillac, however, is much more affordable as compared to what the BMW costs and can hold its own in a race too. The handling is fine, and the performance is a little better than the BMW.

Audi A4 vs Cadillac ATS

The Audi A4 is the most luxurious and comfortable car in this comparison, offering the best and the most comfortable interiors on this bunch. The engine packs a healthy punch, while the handling is also great, owing to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The Cadillac still has the price and performance advantage on its side when compared to the premium price of the A4. Additionally, the Audi lacks steering feel, which the ATS offers in spades.

2017 Cadillac ATS Final Verdict

The 2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan is one of the better cars in the affordable urban commuter segment and does a lot of things right. The infotainment could be a little bit better, and so can the interiors, but those are just some small nit-picks in the overall wonderful package.

The powerful engine, the comfy ride, the fun to drive factor, all make this car a very compelling choice. Then there is the price, which is just the cherry on the cake. Honestly, you just cannot go wrong with this car.