Pros: Fantastic ride and handling balance; nimble, fun-to-drive character; interior materials and build quality are among the best in class; brisk acceleration with both 2.0T 4-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6 engines
Cons: Some drivers find the CUE touchscreen system slow to react and fiddly to use; mediocre acceleration with base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine; cramped rear-seat space
CG Says: The ATS is Cadillac’s smallest 4-door sedan. It is more than a foot shorter than the redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan. ATS comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is offered on some models. It’s pretty clear Cadillac has set its sights on the BMW 3-Series Sedan with the ATS. We think they’ve hit the target. ATS drives exceptionally well, has fine steering, plenty of grip, and pleasing power from the turbocharged 4-cylinder and V6 engines. ATS equals the BMW for driving enjoyment, has a better-looking interior, and can be had for less money. We’re not so impressed with the base 2.5-liter engine and the small rear seat. We also wish the excellent Magnetic Ride Control suspension wasn’t only available on the pricey Premium models. We’d steer you toward the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It is plenty strong and has the added benefit of being offered with a sweet-shifting manual transmission.