2018 Cadillac ATS Review

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The Cadillac ATS remains a highly desirable underdog with its terrific ride and handling and willing powertrains. It's as fun-to-drive as any compact luxury sedan.

The 2018 Cadillac ATS is a compact sports sedan and coupe lineup that so closely approximates German engineering that it might as well have come from Bavaria and not Detroit.

That's high praise for this wide range of two- and four-door models that are well priced, highly entertaining to drive, and boast strong powertrains. They earn a rating of a 6.8 out of 10 on our scale thanks to their fun-to-drive nature and their good level of convenience equipment. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

For 2018, the ATS line is essentially unchanged aside from some updates to their available infotainment system and a single new color. The ATS lineup was introduced for the 2014 model year and is beginning to gray a bit around its temples but remains highly competitive against cars like the BMW 3-Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Lexus IS. 

Stylistically, the ATS is line and buttoned down compared to some of its more bulbous rivals. Its interior echoes that simple, elegant theme, although the ATS' compact dimensions mean that its rear seat and cargo area are a bit cramped. 

Under its hood, the ATS comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that cranks out 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque in base and Luxury trim levels, where it's offered with a choice of 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmissions that are at the top of their game. Premium Luxury and Premium Performance models are fitted instead with a 3.6-liter V-6; it's a little stronger and a little smoother with its 335 hp and 285 lb-ft, but the 6-cylinder is offered only with the 8-speed automatic.

Depending on the model, rear- and all-wheel drive are available. Our favorite? As performance purists, the turbo-4 with its 6-speed stick and standard rear-wheel drive offers tremendous fun. 

There's also an ultra-fast (and predictably pricey) ATS-V performance model that competes on the global stage against vaunted nameplates like the Mercedes-AMG C63 and BMW M3/M4; it's covered separately.

The ATS comes well-outfitted, although base models can feel a little frugal with their leatherette upholstery. Tick a few boxes, however, and Cadillac's attention to detail shines through with glossy wood or carbon fiber trim and luxurious heated and air conditioned leather upholstery. All models come with an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus streaming Bluetooth and a rearview camera. A heads-up display and adjustable dampers are among the high-soot options available.

Higher-spec models are also available with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, both of which boost an already solid safety record. 

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January 24, 2016
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2016 Cadillac ATS Sedan Outperforms the Competition

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The 2016 Cadillac ATS 2.0 Turbo outperforms its European and Japanese competitors. It's definitely one of the most fun to drive vehicles on the road. Acceleration and handling match or exceed the BMW 3 Series... + More »
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June 25, 2015
2014 Cadillac ATS 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Luxury AWD

beautiful auto but small on uncomfortable not east to get in and out of

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as above hard for older people to get into and out of. But is a beautiful auto.
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April 28, 2015
2014 Cadillac ATS 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Luxury AWD

Pretty car. They stepped up interiors.

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ATS is a nice looking car. It's sporty, the tubro 2.0L has gusto. I swore I'd never buy a GM, never liked them since a teen. The fit and finish have been stepped up, and I like how they are not just putting... + More »
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April 14, 2015
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Outstanding value for the money

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The 3.6 Cadillac ATS is nothing short of outstanding. Without turbos it launches like a rocket. The magnetic ride control is amazing and really works! The interior is better than a BMW and I have owned 3 high... + More »
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May 12, 2015
2013 Cadillac ATS 4-Door Sedan 2.0L AWD

Beautiful car for a great price

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I've had this car for 3 years and I love it! It drives beautiful although a 4 cylinder it still hauls buns. The interior is flawless the exterior is classy and unique. It is small, I have 2 kids and its... + More »
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April 15, 2015
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Cadillac Convert

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The 3.6L V6 Performance edition is very powerful and the car handles tight without a bumpy ride. Brembo brakes have great stopping power. Cadillac really has a winner with this car! I can't wait until my lease... + More »
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April 13, 2015
For 2013 Cadillac ATS

The ATS is a better car than my last two BMW 3 series !

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What a great car Cadillac has built! The style, performance, & comfort wrapped up in what many automotive magazines have called the new sports sedan standard. With the exception of lower than expected miles... + More »
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