2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Receiving Favorable Reviews7
The reviews are in, and the presses views toward the new 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe are generally positive. We say “generally” because most every reviewer continues to find a reason to complain about CUE. But we’re tired of that old record, so let’s delve into the other areas of the ATS coupe that stood out to the press – for good and bad.
The Cadillac ATS coupe’s style seems to be a mixed bag among reviewers. While not a single early review calls the car unattractive, some, like Automobile Magazine, are afraid that “the styling will prove too muted to motivate coupe buyers.”
Initial reviews reveal that the press continues to adore Cadillac’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6 engines, even if the two provide similar straight-line performance. Both engines offer distinct personalities, though, with AutoGuide noting that the turbo four “can’t match the V6’s throaty and aggressive melody at full throttle…”
Reaction to Cadillac’s revised six-speed manual transmission has been mixed. Automobile Magazine said the improved transmission “moves nicely [through] the gears,” adding that “the clutch take-up is springy but agreeable,” while AutoGuide notes that “there’s still space for improvement … gear engagement is rough and unrefined leaving the gearbox feeling cheaper than it should in something like an ATS.”
Described as “admirably light” by Automobile Magazine, the new ATS coupe was noted by AutoGuide as being “one of the most engaging small luxury coupes [we’ve] driven in a while. Yes, more responsive than even the BMW 428i.” High praise.
As noted above, the automotive media still pans CUE; however, early reviewers are coming away impressed with General Motors’ in-car 4G LTE service. As Motor Trend sums it up, “I’d give the user-friendliness of the latest iDrive an edge over CUE, but of course Cadillac trumps on connectivity with 4G LTE, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and new standard wireless phone charging.”
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Is it true that the LCD display is too big for ATS?
No one should be surprised that viewers like it, it’s a really nice car
Still problems with CUE. Any idea on when that is going to get markedly better — a year? five years? Never?
There really is not a lot wrong with the Cue. It is mostly that you have to spend more than a few min’s getting familiar with it.
I have seen long term test with press that hated it and now say it is not all that bad.
I think the initial learning just take some time and it leaves a bad first impression.
I hated it the first time and now that I know it I like it.
As for the styling they get complaints it the CTS was too radical and now the media complains the coupe is too plain. It really is not much more conservative than a BMW coupe and they don’t complain there.
There is really nothing wrong with the styling. Looks is a very subjective thing, and to each his own. I much prefer this clean look, over say Lexus’ over styled and ugly IS sedan. The thing I don’t like about CUE is that it’s a touch screen, and I feel the same way about all touch screens in cars. Every system require a learning curve, but the mere fact you have to take your eyes off the road and lean forward to use the touch screen is my problem. Yes, some functions are available via steering wheel toggle switch, but 99% of the time I’m in the car, I’m driving, so I should be able to use the system without distraction. If CUE is redone with a rotary device similar to what the Germans use, instead of the touch screen, I can’t see anymore need for complaints.
I totally agree with your statement; except the part about the Lexus IS’ styling. 😉 I find the ATS to be attractive. Much better to look at than that CTS coupe.
I believe Motortrend mentioned in an article from not too long ago about Cadillac supposedly “reevaluating” the CUE system. Hopefully this is true, and a new infotainment system’s in the works. I too believe the CUE system, while not as bad as the media makes it out to be, does present itself as a blemish to Cadillac’s course on becoming a true alternative to the luxury elite. Technology is perhaps the biggest draw towards purchasing a luxury vehicle, and Cadillac needs to keep up with the competition!
I’m a bit disappointed with the reviews in regards to the manual. I hope Cadillac fixes this. Other than that, good job Cadillac! Now hop to getting that 8-speed in there pronto!!!!
Something about this car reminds me of the old Honda Prelude. I think its the C pillar.