For the past eight months, Motor Trend has had a 2.0T Cadillac ATS sedan in its long-term fleet. Now, 15,000 miles later, the magazine is preparing to wave bye-bye. The verdict from the editors? An all-around good sedan with fine performance and luxury.
In a nutshell, “The ATS is a sexy little luxury sports sedan. Whether traversing snow and ice, used as a daily commuter, or as a comforting road-trip buddy, the ATS met every challenge with a quiet ride, decent fuel economy, and plenty of power at the ready.”
Here’s a synopsis of MT‘s logbook:
- The ATS has excellent handling, no doubt due to its 50/50 weight distribution.
- GM’s 2.0L turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic transmission is much better than the available 3.6L V-6.
- The ATS is a great touring car due to its electric variable ratio power steering, which gives it a “nicely weighted feel.”
- Cadillac does not offer a spare tire, so if you change the run-flats for the winter, be sure to have a Plan B.
- Cadillac’s User Experience (CUE) infotainment system has a long learning curve. It worked fine when mastered but was “vexing” for others, with “the voice recognition software lacking in actually recognizing … commands.”
- The ATS delivered 26 mpg on the highway “at a cruising speed that should not provide good mileage.”
- The interior “always felt luxurious and complete” with “interior features that were nicely executed and genuinely appreciated.”
In conclusion, MT felt the ATS “has legitimate sporty chops but also all of the luxury most customers would expect,” and that it should “carve out its own following over time as more people get behind the wheel of this small gem.”