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Reviewed by Nelson Ireson
Senior Editor, The Car Connection
2015 pricing not available.
2014 BASE MSRP: $33,065
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It’s all wrapped in modern and attractive sheetmetal styled with a softer take on Cadillac’s Art and Science design philosophy

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If anything, Cadillac could have taken the design further; it looks conservative compared with the CTS' giant grille and flared fenders.

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The styling takes no great chances and the gauge cluster is pretty boring to look at, but the materials throughout are high-quality and well-assembled.

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With an incredibly short overhang and relatively long hood, complete with its own mini "power bulge," the ATS can't help but look poised and brawny in the flesh.

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8.8 out of 10
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The Basics:

The 2015 Cadillac ATS is still fairly new to the market, but now entering its third full year, it brings a new variant to better compete against its luxury rivals: a coupe.

With excellent cabin materials and design, striking exterior design, and crisp, sporty handling, the Cadillac ATS rivals or beats the best of the segment on most metrics, even as those rivals, including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, and Infiniti Q50 make their own improvements.

Blending the edgy, high-tech feel of modern Cadillac exterior design with a wider-spectrum appeal, the 2015 ATS is at once striking and non-controversial. Crisp lines meet elemental proportions in a way that reaches a broad range of people. Inside, it’s much the same, with a modern layout and eye-pleasing materials throughout.

Three core engine choices are available in the 2015 Cadillac ATS: a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder model; a 272-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; and a 3.6-liter V-6. The two latter engines are the only options for the 2015 ATS Coupe. Both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are available, and both sedan and coupe are available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Throughout the cabin, wood, leather, and metal are found at nearly every touchpoint and design cue. Optional upgrades include a choice of trims and accents, with carbon fiber among them. The seats are sport bucket units up front, offering a good mix of comfort and spirited-driving support; upgraded performance seats are available for even greater support. Width and depth are good in the front row, allowing plenty of head and leg room even for taller drivers. The rear seat is a tighter environment, but still among the better examples in its competitive set.

The 2015 Cadillac ATS hasn’t yet been fully rated by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the sedan has earned a five-star rating in frontal crash and rollover categories from the NHTSA. As you’d expect of a modern luxury car, the 2015 ATS includes a full set of standard airbags, eight in total, including front knee airbags. Rear side airbags are an available extra. Available safety technology includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and a rearview camera.

On the feature sheet, the ATS starts out well in base form, with a host of available upgrades to take the sedan or coupe well into high-tech luxury territory. Navigation; expanded media connectivity including USB, SD and Bluetooth audio streaming; wireless phone charging; WiFi hotspot; CUE infotainment; all of these and more can be had in the 2015 ATS.

Likes:

  • Powerful, fun turbocharged four and V-6 engines
  • Balanced, crisp handling
  • Intelligent interior design
  • CUE's step-ahead infotainment

Dislikes:

  • Somewhat snug back seat
  • Small trunk
  • Less distinctive than some previous Cadillac design efforts
  • Coupe design not as dramatic is it might have been
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