Cadillac ATS Review

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The Cadillac ATS is a five-seat luxury sedan manufactured by General Motors. The model was updated in 2014. It slightly affected the design – for example, the design of the front of the car changed (a new bumper with modified air intakes cut-outs, a new grille), in addition, the car received new body colors and interior decoration materials, and also significantly improved the equipment, in particular, received a new multimedia system Cadillac CUE with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with the possibility of an Internet connection in the LTE standard and got a wireless charging system for mobile phones.,

The transformed Cadillac ATS is available from 2016 – in four trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Performance and Performance AWD.


As standard, the Cadillac ATS offers 17 “aluminum wheels, front and rear fog lights, leather upholstery, leather-covered steering wheel and audio control buttons, electrically adjustable front seats and heated, CUE multimedia system with Bluetooth and 7 speakers of Bose audio system, USB ports , AUX and SD. Luxury equipment includes: sports seats with advanced adjustments and memory of positions, heated steering wheel, keyless entry system, adaptive remote engine start system. Performance included: bi-xenon headlights with washers, illuminated door handles on the outside, sports pedals, navigation system, additional safety features.


The basic engine of the Cadillac ATS is a two-liter engine equipped with a turbocharger (TwinSpin rotor) and a phase change system VVT. It gives a maximum power of 226 hp. at 5300 r / min, torque 350 Nm at 2000-4000 r / min., and is equipped with a 6-speed mechanics or 6-speed “automatic”. In the Performance configuration and in combination with all-wheel drive, the ATS receives an engine with a power of 276 horsepower (at 5500 rpm), which gives out a maximum torque of 353 Nm (in the range of 1700-5500 rpm). With such characteristics, ATS can accelerate to 100 km / h in 6 seconds. The maximum speed is 240 km / h, and fuel consumption will be 6.5 liters per “hundred” in the country mode and 12 liters in the city mode. Other modifications  include options for equipping with an atmospheric 2.5-liter engine (202 hp). See: Cadillac engines for sale


The Cadillac ATS has an almost perfect weight balance (almost 50/50). The car is equipped with a completely new five-arm rear suspension Cadillac using light high-strength steels. Front suspension – type MacPherson. The car is equipped with an adaptive suspension system Magnetic Ride Control. ZF steering – with electric mechanism and variable force. Brembo brakes provide the most effective braking. The rear limited slip differential provides better cornering. For performance modification is available all-wheel drive.


Cadillac ATS meets the latest security requirements. Standard equipment includes: front driver and front passenger airbags, knee and side airbags, curtain airbags; stability control. The optional Integrated Safety package includes many additional functions: an automatic braking system when moving forward and backward, a warning system when an object appears in a blind zone; warning system for cars moving in the rear in the transverse direction; a projection display that displays the most important information on the windshield; adaptive cruise control. The “informed driver” package includes: a driver’s seat with a vibration warning, warning systems for a possible collision in front, tracking the strip; wipers with rain sensor.

Final Thoughts

The Cadillac ATS marks the brand’s first foray into the compact sports model segment, positioning itself as a worthy competitor to the esteemed BMW 3 Series and Mercedes Benz C-Class. Garnering accolades such as the “Car of the Year” by Esquire and Motor Press Guild magazines in 2012, the ATS further solidified its reputation by winning the North American Car of the Year award at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

This recognition came even before the ATS underwent a restyling that elevated its luxury and technological offerings. Now available in a striking coupe, the Cadillac ATS continues to captivate drivers. However, potential buyers must be aware of any underlying issues that may arise with the Cadillac 3.6 VVT engine. We encourage you to explore the Cadillac 3.6 VVT engine problems to make an informed decision when considering this exceptional vehicle.

Dmitry Petrov

Dmitry Petrov is an engineer who specializes in materials science, and has a deep passion for all things related to automotive technology. He is a true motorhead at heart, and spends much of his free time tinkering with engines and studying vehicular dynamics.


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