• The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan is a new expression of Cadillac's Art & Science philosophy, built on a foundation of quick, nimble fun-to-drive dynamics and mass efficiency. Developed on an all-new, lightweight vehicle architecture, the ATS expands Cadillac's portfolio into a crucial global segment and creates an entry into the Cadillac brand for a new group of luxury consumers.

  • The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan is a new expression of Cadillac's Art & Science philosophy, built on a foundation of quick, nimble fun-to-drive dynamics and mass efficiency. Developed on an all-new, lightweight vehicle architecture, the ATS expands Cadillac's portfolio into a crucial global segment and creates an entry into the Cadillac brand for a new group of luxury consumers.
  • The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan is a new expression of Cadillac's Art & Science philosophy, built on a foundation of quick, nimble fun-to-drive dynamics and mass efficiency. Developed on an all-new, lightweight vehicle architecture, the ATS expands Cadillac's portfolio into a crucial global segment and creates an entry into the Cadillac brand for a new group of luxury consumers.
  • The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan is a new expression of Cadillac's Art & Science philosophy, built on a foundation of quick, nimble fun-to-drive dynamics and mass efficiency. Developed on an all-new, lightweight vehicle architecture, the ATS expands Cadillac's portfolio into a crucial global segment and creates an entry into the Cadillac brand for a new group of luxury consumers.
  • The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan is a new expression of Cadillac's Art & Science philosophy, built on a foundation of quick, nimble fun-to-drive dynamics and mass efficiency. Developed on an all-new, lightweight vehicle architecture, the ATS expands Cadillac's portfolio into a crucial global segment and creates an entry into the Cadillac brand for a new group of luxury consumers.
  • The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan is a new expression of Cadillac's Art & Science philosophy, built on a foundation of quick, nimble fun-to-drive dynamics and mass efficiency. Developed on an all-new, lightweight vehicle architecture, the ATS expands Cadillac's portfolio into a crucial global segment and creates an entry into the Cadillac brand for a new group of luxury consumers.
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  • The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan features a driver-focused interior with thoughtfully crafted materials and the intuitively integrated CUE technology, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data. There are also seven interior color and trim combinations, complementing the dynamic exterior design elements and supporting the ATS' fun-to-drive attitude.

  • The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan features a driver-focused interior with thoughtfully crafted materials and the intuitively integrated CUE technology, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data. There are also seven interior color and trim combinations, complementing the dynamic exterior design elements and supporting the ATS' fun-to-drive attitude.
  • The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan features a driver-focused interior with thoughtfully crafted materials and the intuitively integrated CUE technology, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data. There are also seven interior color and trim combinations, complementing the dynamic exterior design elements and supporting the ATS' fun-to-drive attitude.
  • The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan features a driver-focused interior with thoughtfully crafted materials and the intuitively integrated CUE technology, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data. There are also seven interior color and trim combinations, complementing the dynamic exterior design elements and supporting the ATS' fun-to-drive attitude.
  • The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan features a driver-focused interior with thoughtfully crafted materials and the intuitively integrated CUE technology, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data. There are also seven interior color and trim combinations, complementing the dynamic exterior design elements and supporting the ATS' fun-to-drive attitude.
  • The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan features a driver-focused interior with thoughtfully crafted materials and the intuitively integrated CUE technology, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data. There are also seven interior color and trim combinations, complementing the dynamic exterior design elements and supporting the ATS' fun-to-drive attitude.
  • The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan features a driver-focused interior with thoughtfully crafted materials and the intuitively integrated CUE technology, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data. There are also seven interior color and trim combinations, complementing the dynamic exterior design elements and supporting the ATS' fun-to-drive attitude.
  • The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan is a new expression of Cadillac's Art & Science philosophy, built on a foundation of quick, nimble fun-to-drive dynamics and mass efficiency. Developed on an all-new, lightweight vehicle architecture, the ATS expands Cadillac's portfolio into a crucial global segment and creates an entry into the Cadillac brand for a new group of luxury consumers.
  • 2013 2.5L I-4 with Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing for Cadillac ATS.
  • 2013 2.5L I-4 with Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing for Cadillac ATS.
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan. (02/13/12)
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan. (02/13/12)
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan. (02/13/12)
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan. (02/13/12)
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan. (02/13/12)
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan. (02/13/12)
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan. (02/13/12)
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan. (02/13/12)
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan. Available Summer 2012. Preproduction model shown. Actual model may vary. (05/07/12)
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan. Available Summer 2012. Preproduction model shown. Actual model may vary. (05/07/12)
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan. Available Summer 2012. Preproduction model shown. Actual model may vary. (05/07/12)
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sedan. Available Summer 2012. Preproduction model shown. Actual model may vary. (05/07/12)
The EPA has delivered the fuel economy results for the 2013 Cadillac ATS with the 2.5-liter, four cylinder: 22 city, 33 highway, 26 combined. The response so far range from 'That's not what we expected' to 'Well, what did you expect?' Cadillac describes the ATS as a "compact luxury sedan... built on a foundation of quick, nimble fun-to-drive dynamics and mass efficiency," so everyone is ready to grade on the sports-sedan curve, and while we think taken on their own they're fine if nothing special, some were expecting better frugality from the Ecotec motor.

The issue is that the EPA numbers for the 2.5-liter put the ATS in the thick of the playing field, in there with the 23 city/33 hwy of the BMW 328i, the 21 city/31 hwy of the Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport Sedan and the 22 city/30 hwy of the front-wheel drive Audi A4. But the Cadillac's 202-horsepower and 190 pound-feet mean it is down on power to the other cars in its class – 38 hp shy of the BMW, 39 lb-ft down on the Mercedes-Benz, for instance – at the same time, it is less expensive than the BMW and Mercedes.

Motor Trend reports that General Motors predicts 22 city/32 hwy for the more powerful 2.0-liter turbo that puts out 270 hp and 260 lb-ft, the same as it did for the 2.5-liter, and that's what could make for the biggest question mark. The 2.0-liter would give the ATS a leg up on others in its class – it's not for nothing that the ATS site uses this motor for comparison – and the $1,805 premium over an ATS with the 2.5-liter pegs it exactly to the 328i's $35,795 base price. If the stronger engine does return the same EPA numbers, then until we have a better idea of standard equipment, lots of folks will wonder whether $1,900 is enough monetary space to make a case for a markedly less powerful car that won't save you any money on gas.


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      Glynn Hadskey
      • 3 Years Ago
      What this article does not mention and I don't see in the comments is the 2.5 runs on regular and the Germans all take premium. Fueleconomy.gov puts the ATS and 328 at 26 combined, the C250 at 25 and the A4 Quattro at 24. That puts the yearly fuel bill at $1,950 for the ATS, $2,100 for the 328, $2,150 for the C250 abd $2,250 for the A4 Quattro. Not huge difference but still best in class. The 2.0 Turbo will run on premium and come in with the same economy and more power.
        Rayvan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Glynn Hadskey
        Also notable, is that the ATS will never need timing belts, or valve adjustments. Nice.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Glynn Hadskey
        The question is still cost to own. The BMW will sell for more in 3 years....the Cadillac will be a better used car deal.
      e46mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      1. As much as I love my old E46, if I were to replace it, I would take a long hard look at one of these. 2. Hey Ford! Are you guys paying attention to this? Cadillac is giving Lincoln such a beat down that it is beyond embarrassing.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      With the CTS-V Cadillac has proven they can hang with the Germans as far as performance/handling, but it remains to be seen if the ATS is a continuation of that. One thing that might be misleading is the 2.0 turbo ATS being around the same price as a base 328i. Unless this car bucks current GM trends, upgrading the engine will get you a slew of other goodies that may be lacking on a base BMW model..
      carguy1701
      • 3 Years Ago
      Also, who buys the FWD A4? Every A4 I see around here is a Quattro model. Granted, I live in Illinois, but still...
        montoym
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        I wonder that as well, of course I'm in CO so 90% of them are quattros around here. I used to feel the same way about Jeeps, for the longest time, I never knew they even made 2wd Jeeps, just didn't make sense to me. You never see them around here.
        GasMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        The FWD outsells the AWD in the South.
          Adrian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GasMan
          That's sad. Mostly people buying it for the badge, I guess.
      brgtlm
      • 3 Years Ago
      The base model clear is the price leader and targeting the crowd that buys the IS250. People who are interested in the brand or the car, but not speed. Hopefully, the base models with both engines come better equipped than the base 328i. The 328i starts at a great price, but any option forces one to buy an option package that forces the price into the low 40s. The $30-40K starting price segment is very competitive. Cadillac has its work cut out for it.
      dreadcthulhu01
      • 3 Years Ago
      202 HP and 26 MPG combined is pretty comparable to a number of similarly priced entry level sedans; the Lexus IS250 makes 204 HP, and gets 25 MPG combined, the Acura TSX makes 201 HP and gets 26 MPG combined, the Mercedes C250 makes 201 HP and gets 25 MPG combined, and the Audi A4 makes 211 HP and gets 26 MPG combined. Of course, the base ATS only needs regular fuel, while those other cars need premium, making the ATS cheaper to fuel in the real world. Also, given that GM's pricing strategy is to have a relatively high MSRP & then knock the price down with discounts & sales, I bet that base ATS's will end up starting at $30k-$31k or so on actual dealer lots, and will have useful price advantage over much of their competition. I imagine that the 2.0 turbo ATS will end up pretty much the same price as the BMW 328 & Mercedes C300, but will have a nice power advantage over either of them.
        jdeli01
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dreadcthulhu01
        Valid point until you start looking at the torque figures. While the base Cadillac, Lexus, and Acura have relatively similar torque output, the Audi and BMW have much a higher output.
        amels802
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dreadcthulhu01
        Well put, agree with everything you stated. As far as pricing, what will really get the ATS in the minds of potential buyers is the lease deal. I think that will make or break it since that's more common than purchasing in this segment.
        jessesrq
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dreadcthulhu01
        I am curious to see how much GM has to subsidize leases on the ATS. If the CTS is an indicator, the 3-year residual is 55% compared to 65% for the 3-series. Basically, GM has to subsidize $3,000 - $5,000 of depreciation (or $80 - $140/month over 3 years) to match the lease payments of a BMW with the same MSRP. There are of course other factors. Hopefully the ATS is so good that its residual value matches the 3-series, but a 10% jump over the CTS is unlikely.
      IOMTT
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is a good looking car. Sounds like the 2.0 Turbo should have been the standard engine, but I would have to drive the 2.5 before writing it off. I prefer normally aspirated engines for daily use even though forced induction is awesome.
      spam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Two factors that should not be overlooked are bmw free maintenance and great lease support for the cars. It really lowers the cost to get into the cars. ATS at the same msrp is likely to be a bit more expensive than 328 because the BMW has free maintenance and likely better residual rate and money factor. I get that people have opinions about lease vs buy but regardless such a high percentage of new car buyers in this class and price range lease and are price sensitive so hopefully cadillac will account for his when they launch the car. It is great to see more credible competitors in this segment since it forces the German brands to keep pushing to stay ahead.
        dblchow
        • 3 Years Ago
        @spam
        Cadillac has offered free maintenance since the 2011 model year. And it's considerably less expensive to maintain than a BMW.
      ksrcm
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do like BMW cars a lot. Wait, let me rephrase this ... I did like most of the BMW cars. As the situation is today, I can get by with F30 without hating it but it isn't what E46 or E90 were exactly. Then, I still need to test drive F2x and I do not like F10 and wouldn't consider buying it. Other BMWs are either out of my price range or out of my interest range. So, as the person that really likes BMW, I think that the best thing that can happen to those like me is an ATS that leaves F30 in the dust. Sales wise and perception wise (car rags, enthusiast forums ...). I think BMW went into a tunnel vision about what CERTAIN models in their range were supposed to be and were never punished for that. Then, there is the case where BMW won't care one way or another, that leaves us a nice car to consider - namely, ATS. This is what I would cal win-win for a car enthusiast.
      Teleny411
      • 3 Years Ago
      The ecotec has never impressed me in terms of refinement. It is always grumbly and noisy. I think they could have gotten similar fuel economy numbers with the far more refined and Understressed v6
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        This is an updated version of the Ecotec with more refinement. There's reason it has appeared in the Malibu yet, GM delayed to to work out NVH and driveablity. From early drives of the ATS , the 2.5l is a smooth refined engine.
      Hartwig
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will be curious to see their 335i fighter, at this point i don't think i could go back to the 328 or the 2.0l turbo ats. Lets hope they come out with a decent mileage 335i competitor.
        graphikzking
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hartwig
        I could. If the car is 100-200lbs lighter and only down 30hp I could definitely live with it if the suspension/tire combo is tuned properly. Honestly though, Cadillac/GM doesn't usually have the best tuning with exception of the CTSV and Corvette.
        dblchow
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hartwig
        Cadillac will with the ATS 3.6 V6. I think it will have 318 HP, up slightly in the current CTS 3.6, but would expect quicker times and performance in the lighter ATS. I'm with you on the the smaller engines, I usually look for the top performers, but I may be happy with the 2.0T. I'm waiting to drive both and see if the $2200 difference is worth it.
      Nathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol please die already GM.
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