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Vehicle Performance 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Review This is my first Cadillac after over a decade driving Mercedes-Benz C class. I drive on average 40,000 miles per year and typically buy a new car every other year (leasing is too expensive for that many miles). Compared to my last Mercedes (2012 C250 Sport) the ATS is more powerful, better handling and has better seats, at least in front. With the amount of miles I drive, a comfortable drivers seat is the first thing I look at, and the ATS seat is the best I've had yet with the possible exception of the 2005 C230 Sport sedan, which wasn't as adjustable, but was perhaps a slight bit better shaped, especially at the headrest.
The seat is extremely firm and very well bolstered. It also has an extendable thi support that really makes the difference (I extend mine outward one detent (it has three). The side bolsters and lumbar are inflatable and a lot smoother and better shaped than those in more recent C Class seats, though the 2005 again was just as good or better, though non adjustable for the side bolsters.
Ride matches the seats, very firm, but compliant. I prefer a stiff ride so long as it isn't punishing, and Cadillac has about the best balance in this car of anything I've ever owned. Recent Mercedes C Class is a bit smoother, but the ATS has sharper handling and steering.
Brakes are outstanding, with Brembo by Cadillac branded brakes up front and smaller disc brakes in the rear. I took a very twisty mountain road Thursday night and drove quite aggressively, but the brakes never faded, never squealed and always scrubbed off speed with serious authority. These brakes are far better than anything on any car I've ever owned, and equal to those on my friend's Porsche Cayman.
The interior styling is just beautiful. It has many traditional Cadillac styling cues with the slender vertical tail lights especially appealing, but everything is tidy, compact and modern. This is a Cadillac, but a youthful, enthusiast Cadillac. I love the way this car looks inside and out.
The CUE system is perhaps my only complaint. This system is totally touch-screen based which is very nice, pretty and functional, so long as the car is parked or you are in the passenger seat. It is awkward to use while driving, but fortunately most functions can be accessed by the steering wheel controls and the phone's mute button also works to mute the stereo. I liked the Comand System in the Mercedes better, but once you spend a bit of time and learn the steering wheel controls and voice activated access the system is less annoying, though still not ideal. I would much prefer old fashioned knobs and buttons, but it isn't a deal breaker.
The instruments are okay, nothing incredible. There is a three-section LCD at the bottom that is extremely useful, with each of the three sections configurable for anything from trip computer to navigation, fuel economy or diagnostics. The only real complaint I have is that the tachometer is pushed to the far left, and in aggressive driving can be obscured by the steering wheel or drivers hands. This would be a bigger problem in a manual transmission car, but on my automatic it isn't too bad.
The back seat is small, quite a bit tighter than my last C Class. I'm 5'9" and like to sit a bit further back than normal for my height when driving. I can still fit in the backseat behind my driving position, but foot and knee room is minimal. I could ride back there for an hour or three, but a longer trip wouldn't be comfortable. The backseat itself is terrific though, with great lower back and thigh support and the same firm padding as the front seats.
The interior is also very well trimmed in very nice leather, thick carpeting and real metal (aluminum in my car), wood or carbon fiber. Panel gaps are even and everything feels very well put together. The window sticker advertises a hand cut and sewn interior, and I believe it, with quality at least equal to my last 2012 Mercedes and better than the 2009 or 2005 that I owned previously, or my wife's Lexus for that matter.
Fuel economy is a bit disappointing so far. I've put just over 1,000 miles on the car in the week I've owned it and my last long drive (270 miles) returned 27 MPG. It was mostly highway driving at 80 to 85 MPH, but the C250 would return 30MPG on that same drive. Maybe it I'll improve as the car breaks in. City driving so far gives me just under 20MPG, where the C250 woud give 23. This car has only a 6 speed automatic compared to Mercedes' 7 speed, plus the car has a good 70 more horsepower, so I can't complain.
It's early days yet with the ATS, but so far, I'm impressed.
***UPDATE 18 months and 46,000 miles*** My mileage is far lower than usual for this much time, which is on account of the car spending a lot of time with the dealer. Currently in Lemon Law case.
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What options are available on the 2014 Cadillac ATS?
Available Cadillac ATS 2014 Submodel Types: Sedan
Available Trims: Luxury, Standard, Base, Performance, Premium
Exterior Colors: Black Raven, Radiant Silver Metallic, Phantom Gray Metallic, White Diamond Tricoat, Red Obsession Tintcoat, Silver Coast Metallic, Crystal White Tricoat, Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic, Stellar Black Metallic, Black Diamond Tricoat, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Moonstone Metallic, Opulent Blue Metallic (Late Availability), Satin Steel Metallic, Thunder Gray ChromaFlair, Bronze Dune Metallic, Majestic Plum Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic, Glacier Blue Metallic, Silver Moonlight Metallic, Summer Gold Metallic, Cocoa Bronze Metallic
Interior Colors: Jet Black w/Jet Black Accents leatherette, Jet Black w/Jet Black Accents premium leather, Jet Black w/Jet Black Accents leather, Light Platinum w/Jet Black Accents premium leather, Light Platinum w/Jet Black Accents leather, Light Platinum w/Jet Black Accents leatherette, Light Platinum w/Brownstone Accents premium leather, Caramel w/Jet Black Accents leatherette, Morello Red w/Jet Black Accents premium leather, Light Neutral w/Jet Black Accents leather, Light Neutral w/Medium Cashmere Accents leather, Caramel w/Jet Black Accents premium leather, Jet Black w/Jet Black Accents leather/sueded microfiber, Kona Brown w/Jet Black Accents premium leather, Light Platinum w/Jet Black Accents leather/sueded microfiber
Popular Features: Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Back-up camera, Heated seats, Alarm, Remote Start, Sunroof/Moonroof, Leather Seats, Parking sensors, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Navigation, AWD/4WD, Keyless Entry/Start, Mobile Internet, Upgraded Stereo, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, Upgraded Headlights, Heads up display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-collision safety system