This article is part of the GM Authority Wish List series for the Cadillac ATS — a collection of changes, updates, and modifications we’d like to see made either to the current family of the compact luxury vehicle, and/or on its CT# replacement. The purpose of the Wish List is very simple: to create awareness of the issues we have found with the vehicles so that Cadillac can address them in the future, whether via a refresh or a next-generation model, all in an effort to make the best range of compact luxury cars on the market, bar none.
The GM Authority staff has collectively spent a significant amount of time with the ATS, both as drivers and as passengers, in both Sedan and Coupe body styles, with all four engines, all five trim levels, and with various degrees of features and equipment. In other words, this wish list is not the result of a knee-jerk reaction after a day or two with the car. It’s the result of living with the cars, sometimes for several months. In fact, our own founder happens to own an ATS (2015 2.0T Premium, six-speed manual).
We should note that at times, the Wish List series might appear like nitpicking, as it will point out the smallest features, characteristics, or components. If it seems that way, it’s for a reason, since we believe that the devil is in the details, especially when it comes to prestige luxury vehicles. As such, we honestly believe that addressing these issues will improve the product, grow the brand, and — ultimately — lead to an uptick in Cadillac sales. And as journalists who also happen to be GM and Cadillac enthusiasts, few things would make us happier. If nothing else, it would result in a Cadillac we’d be proud to buy, to own, and to show off to anyone willing to look and listen.
Keeping in mind that this wish list is by no means in order, here is the ninth item on our list: power-folding side mirrors.
The benefit of power-folding mirrors is obvious: they’re extremely convenient in tight parking spaces — simply fold them in when parking and don’t worry about scratching them on those concrete structural support columns found in parking garages. What’s more, folding the mirrors also works to minimize the chances of them being hit and damaged, whether by a car, by a person walking by, or by some debris. And to top it all off, folding the mirrors also protects the glass (which should be auto-dimming on both sides of the vehicle, mind you).
Besides folding/unfolding at the touch of a button inside the vehicle, Cadillac should also take the convenience a step further by making it possible for the mirrors to fold automatically when the driver remote-locks the vehicle, and unfold upon unlocking.
The sad part is that the ATS offers power-folding mirrors in Europe and the Middle Easter, but doesn’t even offer them (on the ATS sedan or coupe) in North America — its biggest and most profitable market. And that is simply embarrassing. Not because it’s a convenient feature befitting a luxury car like the ATS, but also because the ATS’ primary rivals — the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class — have the feature standard or offer it as part of an optional package or trim level.