I was hesitant to check out the American manufacturers and disappointed in Lincoln for sure (Chrystler doesn't even compete here). However, this car stood out as a giant slayer.
I did exhaustive research and the ATS gives much more value per dollar than anything else out there. The equivalent German or Japanese cars cost significantly more. We're talking 20-30% more!
At first I wanted to use my new gem sparingly but the more I drive it the more I find myself making excuses to go for a spin.
Don't buy this car without the full CUE. Pony up and you won't regret it. Don't believe anyone who says CUE is unusable. I have had zero trouble.
- CUE is a masterpiece, there are even three customizable LCD view panels within your gauges.
- Comfortable seats. I'm 6'1" and 200lbs and I fit
- Seat memory
- Responsive turbo (no lag if you ask me)
- Superb cornering and control
- Quiet cabin
- Hands-free phone calls are very clear, even to the party on the other end
- OnStar app is awesome. I can communicate with my car from anywhere to lock, unlock, start, check vitals, etc.
- No problem identifying thousands of songs on a USB flash drive. You music must be indexed properly though.
- Voice controls are great. No training to do, it detects names in your phonebook automagically.
- Proximity remote for entry and locking doors
- Climate controls work but have some unintuitive lag. Certainly usable though.
- Back seat leg room is tight.
- City gas mileage is very bad on 2.0T AWD model. Might as well have gotten the V6.
- Proximity/parking sensors are overly sensitive when car is very dirty (my fault I suppose).
- Would be nice to have more wheel options.
- 1-step behind Germans on gas mileage due to lack of 8-speed trans.
- When you get on the accelerator, cabin temperature control goes out the window and you get blasted with hot air. Not a big deal, just a nag.