2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan

 
2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan
 
2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan
 

2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan

MSRP 
$36,490
Invoice 
$35,424
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 31 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0L Turbo Gas I4, 272 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic (standard)
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Cadillac ATS competes with the compact luxury cars from BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Lexus. While previous efforts had focused on comfort over performance, the ATS represents a firm departure, with Cadillac opting to compete with BMW on performance, emphasizing rear-wheel-drive handling and a lightweight body structure. Improved torque from the turbocharged engine and a sporty coupe only add to the Cadillac's appeal.

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What's New For 2018

For 2017, Cadillac has revised the trim structure of the ATS to follow the larger trim hierarchy found throughout the company's other models. Beyond that, the CUE infotainment system has been updated and is now standard in all ATS models. It includes new functions with apps like Pandora, the Weather Channel and iHeart Radio. Inside, the instrument cluster has been restyled, while under the hood, the base 2.5L engine has been discontinued on sedans.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 5 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Est Target Price With Options

$36,490

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Additional Equipment
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(Not Available With (Pdh) All-Weather Mat Protection Package, Lpo.)
$249 $280
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(Not Available With (Pcn) Summer/Winter Mat Package, Lpo.)
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Not Available When (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo Or Any Other Rpo/Lpo Wheels Are Ordered.)
$2,399 $2,695
Unselected Includes (RJP) 19" Y-rated summer performance tires, LPO and wheel locks.
(Requires One Of The Following Lpo Wheel Inserts: (Rxs), (5Ak), (5Al) Or (5An). Not Available When (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo Or Any Other Rpo/Lpo Wheels Are Ordered.)
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$2,844 $3,195
Unselected (Includes (RJP) 19" Y-rated summer performance tires, LPO and wheel locks.
Not Available When (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo Or Any Other Rpo/Lpo Wheels Are Ordered.)
$2,399 $2,695
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(Requires One Of The Following Lpo Wheel Inserts: (Rxs), (5Ak), (5Al) Or (5An). Not Available When (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo Or Any Other Rpo/Lpo Wheels Are Ordered.)
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$2,844 $3,195
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Not Available When (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo Or Any Other Rpo/Lpo Wheels Are Ordered.)
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Not Available When (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo Or Any Other Rpo/Lpo Wheels Are Ordered.)
$2,310 $2,595
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Not Available When (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo Or Any Other Rpo/Lpo Wheels Are Ordered.)
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(Requires (Fe9) Federal Emissions Requirements. Not Available In Maine Or Vermont.)
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Radio
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Specifications for 2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system
    • Traction control, all-speed, brake and engine controlled
    • Daytime running lamps
    • Air bags, driver and front passenger frontal (dual stage for passenger), knee and side, front and rear head curtain (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bag, Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar Guidance plan for 1 year including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling minutes) (Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Not all vehicles may transmit all crash data.)
    • OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years includes select vehicle mobile app features, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations.)
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and front passenger
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • Child seat restraint system
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Trunk emergency release handle
    • Teen Driver a configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report gives you information on your teen's driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Entertainment Features
    • Antenna, integral front and rear
    • Wireless Charging (The system wirelessly charges one PMA- or Qi-compatible mobile device. To check for phone or other device compatibility, see my.cadillac.com/learn.)
    • OnStar 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot offers a fast and reliable Internet connection for up to 7 devices; includes data trial for 3 months or 3GB (whichever comes first) (Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • Bluetooth for phone/audio, uplevel phone/audio with Natural Voice Recognition
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio; SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2018 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio system feature, Bose premium surround sound 10-speaker system
    • Cadillac user experience AM/FM stereo with 8" diagonal color information display, three USB ports, personalized profiles for each driver's settings, Natural Voice Recognition, Phone Integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for compatible phone, Collection and Teen Driver
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 17" x 8" (43.2 cm x 20.3 cm) premium painted alloy (Upgradeable to (RIF) 17" x 8" polished alloy wheels or (PXG) 18" x 8" After Midnight dark finish alloy wheels.)
    • Tires, P225/45R17 all-season, run-flat (Upgradeable to (RB7) P225/40R 18 all-season, run-flat tires when (PXG) 18" x 8" After Midnight dark finish alloy wheels are ordered.)
    • Fascias, front and rear body-color
    • Moldings, rocker panel, body-color
    • Grille, galvano chrome accented
    • Grille, active aero
    • Headlamps, projector type halogen, includes flash-to-pass and Twilight Sentinel
    • Lamp, LED center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
    • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
    • Glass, solar absorbing, windshield
    • Wipers, front intermittent
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket
    • Seat Trim, Leatherette
    • Seat adjusters, driver and front passenger 6-way power, plus 2-way power lumbar plus 4-way adjustable head restraints
    • Headrests, rear, outboard seats, adjustable 2-way
    • Console, front with shifter
    • Shift lever, center console mounted
    • Armrest, front center
    • Armrest, rear center with cupholders
    • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped rim
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted controls for audio, phone and cruise
    • Steering column, manual tilt and telescoping
    • Engine oil indicator
    • Instrument cluster, electroluminescent
    • Driver Information Center, 5.7" color display includes driver personalization, warning messages and vehicle information
    • Lighting, interior, front and rear reading lights, and cargo area lamp
    • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
    • Coat hooks, driver and passenger-side rear
    • Lighting accent, LED spotlights in doors and overhead console
    • Console, overhead includes reading lamps and OnStar controls
    • Mirror, inside rearview, frameless
    • Air filtration system
    • Defogger, rear-window, electric with front and side window outlets for the driver and front passenger
    • Climate control, dual-zone automatic
    • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle immobilizer
    • Trunk release, power, remote
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed and with 1 mph and 5 mph increment adjustment
    • Keyless Access passive entry
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
    • Retained accessory power power windows, sunroof (when equipped) and audio system remain operational for 10 minutes after the ignition is switched off or until the driver's door is opened.
    • Windows, power with front express-up and down, and rear express-down with passenger lockout feature
  • Mechanical Features
    • Exhaust, dual stainless-steel with bright tips
    • Brakes, Brembo front, performance 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • Steering, ZF premium rack-and-pinion, electric
    • Suspension, Sport
    • Recovery hook, front or rear location
    • Keyless Open and Start
    • Battery, maintenance free with rundown protection
    • Drivetrain, rear-wheel drive
    • Automatic Stop/Start (Not available when (M3L) 6-speed manual transmission is ordered.)
    • Rear axle, 2.85 ratio (Upgradeable to (GW6) 3.27 rear axle when (M3L) 6-speed manual transmission is ordered.)
    • Transmission, 8-speed automatic
    • Engine, 2.0L Turbo, I4, DI, DOHC, VVT with Automatic Stop/Start (272 hp [203 kW] @ 5500 rpm, 295 lb-ft of torque [400 N-m] @ 3000 rpm)

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.60 x 1.18
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.40 x 0.90
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 10.4
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 8.1
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LTG
    • Engine Type - Turbocharged Gas I4
    • Displacement - 2.0L/- TBD -
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 272 @ 5500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 295 @ 3000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 109.30
    • Length, Overall (in) - 182.80
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 71.10
    • Height, Overall (in) - 55.90
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 59.50
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.90
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - - TBD -
    • Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 16.0
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 91
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.60
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.50
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.20
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.00
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.80
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 33.50
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53.90
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 52.30
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 31
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 29
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr Rack & Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 16.8
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 3.16
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.38
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - N/A
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Cadillac ATS Sedan
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Five-Link
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - - TBD -
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - RA6
    • Front Tire Order Code - RB7
    • Front Tire Order Code - RJP
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RA6
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RB7
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RJP
    • Front Tire Size - P225/45R17
    • Front Tire Size - P225/40R18
    • Front Tire Size - 225/35ZR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/45R17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/40R18
    • Rear Tire Size - 255/30ZR19
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - M5N
    • Trans Order Code - M3L
    • Trans Type - 8
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.62
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.12
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.04
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.62
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.07
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.81
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.66
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.30
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.26
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.80
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.93
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.75
    • Clutch Size (in) - N/A
    • Clutch Size (in) - - TBD -
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 2.85
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.27
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.66
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 4
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.1
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.7
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3373
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 x 8.0
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 x 8.0
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 x 8.0
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 x 8.0
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 x 8.0
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 x 8.0
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

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Introduction

The Cadillac ATS, a rear-wheel-drive sedan or coupe with all-wheel drive available, was introduced for 2013, and immediately won North American Car of the Year. Since then it’s proven itself a worthy challenger to the best of the German sports sedans and coupes, as well as the Lexus IS and others.

The ATS is powered by two excellent engines, a turbocharged four-cylinder or silky powerful V6. The 2.0-turbo makes 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, with an 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual. The 3.6-liter V6 makes 335 hp and 285 lb-ft, mated to an 8-speed automatic.

The 2.0 turbo with the 6-speed manual transmission is a sleeper, a serious sports sedan, with more torque than the V6 and the stimulation of changing gears with a slick gearbox and old-school shift lever. It rides on a superb chassis with stiff suspension. It’s like the little brother of the ATS-V.

The ATS-V is the mega-high-performance model. With vigor and enthusiasm, it challenges the BMW M3 and the Mercedes C63 AMG. The ATS-V uses a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 making 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated either a 6-speed manual with rev-matching or an ultra-fast 8-speed automatic.

The ATS with its turbo four gets about 25 miles per gallon Combined EPA city and highway, on Premium gasoline. The ATS-V with its twin-turbo V6 gets about 19 mpg.

The ATS earns five stars from its federal crash tests. Features such as blind-spot monitors and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking come standard on the upscale models.

For 2018 the only changes are updates to the available infotainment system, and a new color.

Lineup

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.

Walkaround

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

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.

Driving Impressions

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.

Summary

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.

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