2014 Cadillac ATS Sedan - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2013 Cadillac ATS Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic) Driven On 9/18/2012 Ratings Summary This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.

Success in this crowded, competitive segment is a tall order and Cadillac's first effort is admirable. Though the ATS isn't faster or more efficient than others in the class, it is among the best handling. Not a class leader yet, but certainly worth a look.
B
Performance The ATS's personality is dominated by its cornering ability, which is as good as the segment leaders, or even better in some situations. Power from the 2.0-liter turbo engine is adequate.
Acceleration
B
Though it's not quite as quick as BMW's 328i, acceleration from the 2.0-liter is above average. Not as stellar as it should be with 272 hp.
Braking
B
Brake feel and performance is firm and trustworthy from the ATS's fixed four-piston front calipers.
Steering
B
Steering feel and feedback from behind the ATS's wheel belies how good this car handles. Quick turn-in response and tons of grip. Just what you want in an agile sport sedan.
Handling
A
This is the ATS's strength. It can carve corners with the likes of BMW's 3 Series, long the class benchmark.
Driveability
B
With a manual transmission, the ATS rejects hard shifts while the automatic shifts slowly with awkward rev-matching. Engine sound is disappointing. Doesn't beg to be driven hard.
B
Comfort Competent handling was a priority in the ATS so a marginal sacrifice was made to ride comfort, even with magnetic dampers. Overall, it's still a very worthy daily driver for most.
Seating Comfort
B
The ATS's seats err more on the side of sport than comfort, though fail to do either with any great aplomb. Average.
Ride Comfort
B
The ATS's ride is relatively taut even in the softer (default) Tour setting. Many buyers will find Sport too stiff for road use.
Quietness
B
This is, after all, a Cadillac. And it's quiet enough. Equipped with big sport tires, road noise creeps in at speed and the engine is, at best, agricultural sounding.
B
Interior Well styled and built with high-end materials, the ATS's interior is among the best in the segment.
Ergonomics
C
CUE would benefit from knobs, but its voice-command functionality exceeds that of many competitors systems. We found its use awkward on occasion.
Ingress/Egress
B
Nothing exceptional here. As easy to enter or exit as other cars in the segment.
Space/Room
C
The ATS has a smaller rear seat than both Audi's A4 and BMW's 3 Series. Tall passengers will wish for more room on longer journeys.
Visibility
B
There is acceptable rear-quarter visibility from inside the ATS. We'd rate it about average for the segment. Forward visibility is good.
Cargo/Storage
C
The ATS offers a marginally smaller trunk than most competitors. Small-item interior storage is adequate, not great, and the glovebox could certainly benefit from more volume.
B
Value Fully optioned, the ATS is only marginally less costly than the segment leader, which is a tough spot for a new entry. Even a good one like this.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
Build quality appears to be on par for the segment. High-end materials and design.
Features(vs. $)
B
The CUE infotainment system offers nearly every feature buyers could want, plus more.
Cost
B
The ATS 2.0 is competitively priced for the segment. It doesn't offer a lower price than its competitors, but hopes to draw customers in with plenty of features.
MPG
C
In 2.0T trim our tester returned a best of 28 mpg, and returned 25 mpg on our 116-mile test loop. Overall, we averaged 20.9. The EPA rating is 21 city, 31 highway and 24 combined.
Warranty
B
The ATS comes with a 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty along with a 6 year/70,000 mile drivetrain warranty.
Ownership
A
OnStar is standard for one year. You also get free maintenance for 4 years/50,000 miles and roadside assistance for 6 years/70,000 miles.
B
Fun To Drive Because of its superb handling, the ATS is rewarding to drive. It's quick. It corners well. It rips on-ramps apart. Fun.
Driving Experience
B
The ATS gets a lot of looks. People notice Cadillac's styling, and they seem to appreciate it even more in this smaller package.
Personality
B
The ATS is an enthusiast's dream on a back road. It's a rewarding car to drive, especially when big power isn't a requirement. And with four doors, it's a practical car, too.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Cadillac ATS Sedan in VA is:

$161 per month*
* Explanation
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