2018 CADILLAC ATS Sedan

City mpg:
22
Highway mpg:
31

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 CADILLAC ATS Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Cadillac ATS 2.0L Turbo Base include 2.0L I-4 272hp intercooled turbo engine, 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability.

2018 CADILLAC
ATS Sedan

Starting at: $35,495

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 10
  • Speaker type - Bose Surround Sound
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 72 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Maintenance warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 2-way passenger lumbar support
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather shift knob
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 272hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 295 lb.-ft. @ 3,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 86.0mm x 86.0mm (3.39" x 3.39")
  • Compression ratio - 9.50 to 1
  • GVWR - 2,050kg (4,520lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,643mm (182.8")
  • Exterior body width - 1,806mm (71.1")
  • Exterior height - 1,420mm (55.9")
  • Wheelbase - 2,776mm (109.3")
  • Turning radius - 5.5m (18.2')
  • Front legroom - 1,080mm (42.5")
  • Rear legroom - 851mm (33.5")
  • Front headroom - 980mm (38.6")
  • Rear headroom - 935mm (36.8")
  • Front hiproom - 1,346mm (53.0")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,328mm (52.3")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,402mm (55.2")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,369mm (53.9")
  • Passenger volume - 2,574L (90.9 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 294 L (10 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 294 L (10 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - polished
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 272hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Torque - 295 lb.-ft. @ 3,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 8 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Driver Shift Control
  • Drive type - rear-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 25mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 16.0gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 22mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 31mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Sport suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 225/45HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/45HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Voltmeter
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2.0L Turbo Base 2018 CADILLAC ATS Sedan 2.0L Turbo Base Search New $35,495   272-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  22 / 31  
2.0L Turbo Base 2018 CADILLAC ATS Sedan 2.0L Turbo Base Search New $37,495   272-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  22 / 30  
2.0L Turbo Luxury 2018 CADILLAC ATS Sedan 2.0L Turbo Luxury Search New $39,295   272-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  22 / 31  
2.0L Turbo Luxury 2018 CADILLAC ATS Sedan 2.0L Turbo Luxury Search New $41,295   272-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  22 / 30  
3.6L Premium Luxury 2018 CADILLAC ATS Sedan 3.6L Premium Luxury Search New $44,895   335-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  20 / 30  
3.6L Premium Luxury 2018 CADILLAC ATS Sedan 3.6L Premium Luxury Search New $46,895   335-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  19 / 27  
3.6L Premium Performance 2018 CADILLAC ATS Sedan 3.6L Premium Performance Search New $47,895   335-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  20 / 30  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The ATS brings the most powerful 2.0-liter turbo in the class, its 272 horsepower more than that in the Mercedes C300 or BMW 328i. The engine is agile, nimble, quick and eager to run with the big boys. The ATS can shoot from zero to sixty in less than six seconds, which is right fast for a four-cylinder in a big car.

The bigger engine, a direct-injection 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6, is super-smooth and powerful. It turns the ATS into a long-legged cruiser. The 8-speed automatic is seamless.

With either engine, the chassis offers composure, confidence, and precision. The ZF electric power steering contributes much to that, a nice light touch in Normal mode. Sport makes it firmer but not quicker; we like that the steering ratio isn’t variable, it makes the car more predictable. In the dynamic department, the ATS smokes the field, except for the BMW, which it matches.

The ride with the standard suspension is fairly stiff, but it might change with other available wheel sizes and tires. The suspension enables good cornering, and the ride is good even with the wider 18-inch wheels and tires. Brembo brakes come with the bigger wheels.

The available FE3 sport suspension uses dampers with magnetically charged fluid changing the stiffness depending on the road surface. GM’s Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) came from the Corvette, and continues to flatten the road.

The rear-wheel-drive ATS-V is a monster V6, with 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque, thanks to twin-turbocharging the 3.6-liter engine. The electronic limited-slip differential keeps the power balanced between the rear wheels. The paddle-shifting 8-speed automatic is poised on the track, thanks to its sophistication. The Performance Traction Management stability and traction control system is adjustable. Huge Brembo brakes, to bring you down from high speeds.

The body is very stiff, braced at the shock towers, rockers, subframe and engine bay. That helps make the ATS-V remarkably easy to drive, with an alive feel that some rivals lack. However it can get a bit squirmy, with 3700 pounds of curb weight pushing on relatively narrow 255 front tires.

The ATS was developed at the challenging Nurburgring, a benchmark circuit that’s a surefire signal that a manufacturer is serious about handling. Proving that Cadillac does not fear to tread into the backyard of Mercedes and BMW.

Walk Around

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The ATS distinctively Cadillac, with the classiest styling in town. Nobody does edges like Cadillac, and the ATS is beautifully chiseled in the front and rear. With a long hood and athletic stance, it’s crisp and handsome. Its proportions establish a presence.

The ATS Coupe boasts a character line that runs the length of the car, while the ATS-V shouts muscle car, with an aero kit, aggressive front fascia, wider fenders, big alloy wheels, fatter tires, twin pipes, and domed hood.

Interior Overview

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The ATS cabin is warm, plush and crafted. A noise cancellation system keeps it quiet. It’s relaxed and ergonomic, draped in wood, leather and metal. The centerstack is cool and high-tech, with an 8.0-inch touchscreen. The CUE infotainment system is improved, and shines. The CUE system uses haptic feedback systems that can be frustrating, but it cleans up clutter in the cabin when traveling with a phone or iPod. A wireless charging mat lives in a secret compartment behind the screen.

In front there’s plenty of room and the deep sport buckets are comfortable. In back it’s a tight fit with 33 inches of legroom, well short of the BMW and Benz. There isn’t much trunk space either, well below the Audi and Infiniti.

In the coupe, entry and exit can be tricky.

The ATS-V is available with Recaro seats with suede accents, but standard cabin materials are about right for the price. Some trim details don’t meet the level of the Mercedes C63 AMG. However when compared to the BMW M3 and M4, the ATS-V feels a step ahead in its leather seats and its metal and plastic trim.

Summary

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The Cadillac ATS has it all: distinctive classy styling, a fabulous turbo four engine or long-legged V6, sharp transmission, tight responsive handling, and a quality cabin with great leather. The ATS-V is a perfect monster.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

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The 2018 Cadillac ATS comes as coupe or sedan in three trim levels, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Premium Performance. Standard ATS Luxury equipment includes fabric upholstery, rearview camera, 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and Bluetooth. Options include leather upholstery and head-up display. Premium Performance models have adjustable dampers (shock absorbers) and a limited-slip rear differential.

Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury models come with forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts, and a seat that vibrates to warn the driver of something.

ATS-V includes CUE infotainment system, which includes OnStar, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, voice recognition, text-to-voice reading, and Apple CarPlay. Options include a Performance Data Recorder, enabling a track-day driver to record video, while gathering data such as acceleration, grip, steering angle, braking pressure, throttle input, and overlay graphs of laps, on the 5.7-inch touchscreen.

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