December 7, 2012
Last weekend my father and I drove our new long-term Cadillac ATS from Santa Monica to Phoenix, AZ and back. The sedan was comfortable in Tour mode (the softest suspension setting) and its sporty personality kept the trip interesting like no Catera or Cimarron would have back in the day.
I'm still struggling with Cadillac's new Cue in-cabin infotainment system, but my complaints center around the interface more than the system's actual capabilities. Although the navigation system did take us the "long way" more than once when we were running from place to place in the Phoenix area, it ultimately got us where we were going every time. Still, entering an address with the Cad's touch screen is just more frustrating than it is in other cars.
Fuel economy was good, but not as good as the ATS's EPA ratings. Maybe this is because the car's turbocharged four-cylinder engine is still so fresh, maybe not. We averaged 24.9 mpg heading east and 28.6 mpg when heading west. For the record, the return trip west was taken at a far more leisurely pace. The EPA rates the ATS at 31 mpg on the highway.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief