The luxury sport sedan segment has become quite competitive. With the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, and the BMW 3-Series all receiving major upgrades in their latest generations, others are hoping they can keep up. However, there is one model that is mostly overlooked when it comes to this segment – the Cadillac ATS – and we’re here to tell you it shouldn’t be.
Before we even get into it, we’ll go out on the limb and say that the Cadillac ATS is right up there with the leaders of this segment and is giving them a run for their money. The 2017 Cadillac ATS offers a perfect balance of sport, luxury, and comfort. It receives major points (from us) in every one of those aspects.
A new major change for the latest version of the Cadillac ATS is its new 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine. Cadillac has come a long way from being known as a brand that offers high performing V8 engines – so it is definitely nice to see them embracing four-cylinder and more fuel efficient engines. Alright, let’s get into it and take a closer look at the new 2017 Cadillac ATS.
The 2017 Cadillac ATS has a stellar exterior design. It is the perfect combination of elegance and sport. The front end of the ATS is highlighted by a giant grille that holds the brand’s newly designed logo. The headlamps of the Cadillac ATS are one of its most important exterior features and give the sedan its overall sharp look.
The 2017 Cadillac ATS sits on a wheelbase that measures 109.30 inches with an overall length of 182.80 inches. Width comes in at 71.1 inches and the height comes in at 55.9 inches.
Compared to most of its rivals, the 2017 Cadillac ATS definitely stands out from the crowd. While the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Lexus IS go for a more extreme style, cars like the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series opt for a more simple design language. The 2017 Cadillac ATS, on the other hand, meets both ends of the spectrum in perfect harmony. At some angles, it looks simple and refined and from other angles, it looks aggressive and muscular.
The interior of the 2017 Cadillac ATS is all about comfort, luxury, and tech. You definitely get what you paid for with this car. The best part is that it includes a long list of exciting standard features.
Just going for the base model of the Cadillac ATS will get you 6-way adjustable power front seats, plus 2-way power lumbar and 4-way headrest adjustment, a Bose audio system with Active Noise Cancellation, OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, SiriusXM, Cadillac CUE with an 8-inch color touch screen, HD Radio, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, keyless entry and push-button start. Honestly, at that point, what else do you really need?
Going for the ATS Luxury model means you’ll enjoy leather seats with 8-way adjustable power front seats, plus 2-way power lumbar and 4-way headrest adjustment, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, memory seats, remote start, auto-dimming mirrors, navigation, and more. The Cadillac ATS Premium Performance model adds a sunroof, performance front seats, rain-sensing wipers, and a range of driver assist features we’ll get into later.
With comfortable seating for up to five, the 2017 Cadillac ATS offers 42.5 inches of front legroom and 33.5 inches of rear legroom.
Overall, the interior of the 2017 Cadillac ATS is a perfect place to be. Like the exterior, it aims to offer a perfect balance of sport and luxury while adding a strong list of tech options.
Our test model, the 2017 Cadillac ATS 2.0T is powered by the company’s new 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. The engine makes a strong 272 horsepower with a maximum torque of 295 lb-ft. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, zero to sixty comes in just 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 145 mph.
Yup, you read that right, we said 5.4 seconds. After taking a look at most luxury sports cars out there, that is pretty impressive for a car powered by a four-cylinder engine. After spending a week with the ATS 2.0T we almost forgot that we were driving a four-cylinder powered car. The acceleration is instantaneous and it honestly feels like you’re driving a car with a V6 engine under the hood.
Fuel economy-wise, the 2017 Cadillac ATS 2.0T averages an EPA-rated fuel economy of 22/30 mpg* (city/highway).
Standard performance features include ZF premium steering, fully independent sports suspension StabiliTrak, and Brembo front brakes. Going for the ATS Premium Performance trim level will up the ante with the outstanding Magnetic Ride Control suspension, a mechanical limited-slip rear differential.
Overall, there was not one day that we weren’t excited about spending time with the 2017 Cadillac ATS 2.0T.
Standard driver assist features on the 2017 Cadillac ATS 2.0T include a rearview camera and eight airbags including driver and front passenger frontal, knee and side; front and rear head. Optional driver assist features include front and rear park assist, forward collision alert, blind spot alert, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, heads-up display and more.
It’s time to stop considering Cadillac as just another niche brand. It’s time to start considering them as a brand that is right up there competing with top-tier luxury brands. The Cadillac ATS is a perfect example of that. Prices for the Cadillac ATS start at $34,595**. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Cadillac dealer for a test drive today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.