2018 Cadillac ATS
- Fun to drive, thanks to sharp handling and steering
- Optional manual transmission is rare in this class
- The back seat and trunk are small compared to competitors
- Turbo four-cylinder engine is noisy and not that fuel-efficient
- Many interior controls and ergonomics are more clever than functional
2018 Cadillac ATS pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which ATS does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
With its eye-catching angular sheet metal, the 2018 Cadillac ATS sedan stands out among today's crop of small luxury sedans. These are qualities to be appreciated if you think that most other car makers utilize conservative styling and design to the point of drabness. A light curb weight, a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder and V6 engines, precision handling and even an optional manual transmission give the ATS legitimate performance chops.
The ATS sedan is respectably comfortable as well. But there are downsides. The ATS sacrifices some function with its tidy cabin dimensions, cramped back seat and small trunk. The four-cylinder sounds raspy and coarse at high rpm. We've also found the touchscreen tech interface (called CUE for Cadillac User Experience) slow and awkward compared to the competition, although a new-generation system in this 2018 model may remedy that.
Success in this crowded, competitive segment is a tall order. The ATS isn't necessarily faster or more efficient than its rivals, which include the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But it is competitive, and that's enough to warrant consideration for your next luxury sport coupe.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Cadillac ATS sedan is offered in four trim levels: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Premium Performance.
The base and Luxury trims come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine (272 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque) paired to an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional, but only with the automatic transmission. The Premium Luxury and Premium Performance trims come with a 3.6-liter V6 engine (335 hp, 285 lb-ft) paired to an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional on Premium Luxury. Premium Performance trims are rear-wheel-drive only.
Key standard features for the base trim include 18-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, power-adjustable front seats and simulated leather upholstery. Tech features include the revamped CUE interface with an 8-inch touchscreen display, OnStar services (with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot), Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, wireless device charging, three USB ports, and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with satellite radio.
The Luxury trim adds adaptive xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, additional front-seat power adjustments, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system and driver-position memory settings. The optional Safety and Security package adds driver assistance features such as forward collision alert, lane departure warning and intervention, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams and automatic wipers.
Picking the Premium Luxury gets you the Safety and Security package as standard plus a sunroof.
The Premium Performance trim includes all the previously mentioned features, plus high-performance tires, a sport-tuned suspension, adaptive suspension dampers, a limited-slip rear differential, a head-up display and a power-adjustable steering column.
Many standard features on the upper trims are optional on lower trims. The Driver Assist package, available on the Premium Luxury and Premium Performance trims, adds the head-up display, adaptive cruise control and advanced safety technologies, including forward and rearward collision mitigation and automatic emergency braking.
The Track package, available only on the Premium Performance trim, adds a heavy-duty engine cooling fan and upgraded brake pads. All rear-wheel-drive base, Luxury and Premium Luxury trims can add the V-Sport Performance Suspension Upgrade package, which adds 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and high-performance tires.
Noise & vibration2.5
Ease of use2
Getting in/getting out3
Child safety seat accommodation3
Audio & navigation2
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite ATS safety features:
- Full-Color Head-Up Display
- Informs the driver of valuable information such as current speed, navigation prompts, entertainment information and status of driver aids.
- Teen Driver
- Helps owners set restrictions on vehicle functions and speed for younger drivers to help reduce distraction.
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot by flashing a light in the sideview mirror.
2018 Cadillac ATS for Sale
The compact luxury sport sedan category is extremely competitive, so Cadillac makes the 2018 ATS enticing for those who prefer aggressive design and sporty handling. The 2018 Cadillac ATS is offered in four trim levels: the base ATS, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Premium Performance. Two engines are available: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (272 hp) or a 3.6-liter V6 (335 hp).
Most of the technology equipment that is standard on the ATS is optional on its imported competitors. For example, the ATS includes a 4G LTE data modem that lets you create an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot. It also comes with an 8-inch touchscreen center display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system.
One trim above the standard ATS, the Luxury, adds power-adjustable leather seats, heated front seats and steering wheel, driver-position memory settings, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start and a navigation system. A 60/40-split folding rear seat, a 110-volt outlet, and front and rear parking sensors further increase the ATS' functionality.
The Premium Luxury trim takes performance and safety up a notch and should match up well with premium versions of sport sedans from Germany. The smoother and more powerful V6 engine is standard, as is a Driver Awareness package that includes lane keeping and lane departure assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision alert and automatic windshield wipers. The Premium Luxury also adds a sunroof, adaptive xenon headlamps and illuminating exterior door handles.
Finally, the Premium Performance adds performance-enhancing functions such as adaptive suspension dampers, summer tires, mechanical limited-slip differential, an external oil cooler and larger engine cooler. A color head-up display and power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel round out the additional features.
If you like the low starting price, the long list of standard features or the sporty options, let Edmunds help you find and buy the right 2018 Cadillac ATS compact sport sedan for you.
2018 Cadillac ATS Overview
The 2018 Cadillac ATS is offered in the following submodels: ATS Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Premium Performance 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A), and Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 Cadillac ATS?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Cadillac ATS and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 ATS 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 ATS.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Cadillac ATS?
2018 Cadillac ATS Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2018 Cadillac ATS Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,295. The average price paid for a new 2018 Cadillac ATS Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $2,275 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,275 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$44,020.
The average savings for the 2018 Cadillac ATS Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is4.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Cadillac ATS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2018 Cadillac ATS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,805. The average price paid for a new 2018 Cadillac ATS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $2,275 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,275 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$34,530.
The average savings for the 2018 Cadillac ATS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is6.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 2 2018 Cadillac ATS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Cadillac ATS?
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