2016 Cadillac ATS Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on February 18, 2016 9:48 AM

The Kid Came to Play

The ATS, the smallest, most affordable Cadillac, has been met with positive reviews as a legitimate contender to the BMW 3 Series and other small luxury sport sedans. Key ATS strengths include its sharp, distinctive styling, comfortable and tech-laden interior, and driving dynamics that will surprise and impress European sport sedan aficionados. Just-okay resale values and a particularly tight rear seat are a couple potential shortcomings to be aware of.

For 2016, the ATS' V6 is more powerful and more fuel efficient, there are new safety and tech features (including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), and the Cadillac ATS line expands to include the high-performance ATS-V.

Most Popular

The 2016 Cadillac ATS is available with a choice of three engines: a 202-horsepower 4-cylinder, a 272-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 333-horsepower V6. Also offered are a choice of 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmissions, and rear- or all-wheel drive. A turbocharged, automatic, rear-drive ATS is the most popular version.

Skip the V6

We'd take the lighter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine over the more powerful V6, as noted in our 2016 Cadillac ATS full review: "A V6-powered ATS has ample power, but it's up against a tough alternative within its own lineup: the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. That smaller engine has terrific balance of power and efficiency. It enables the ATS to hit 60 mph in the mid-5-second range while offering better fuel economy."

Super ATS


The ATS lineup grows in number and horsepower with the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. With a 464-horsepower twin-turbo engine and prices starting around $61,000 for the sedan, the ATS-V coupe and sedan are Cadillac's answer to the famed BMW M3/M4.

Build and Price Your Own

The 2016 Cadillac ATS starts at about $34,000 and rises to more than $58,000 with the V6, all-wheel drive and all the rest of the premium trimmings. Build and price your own 2016 Cadillac ATS right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

ATS in Action

Here's how we sum it up in the video below: "Based on our experience, we doubt it'll remain an outsider for long."

Owners' Opinions

KBB.com reader and ATS owner 41melissa sounds happy with her choice: "This car is so stylish. Fast when needed! Handles great on turns. Comfort, has all the bells and whistle one would want. Quiet when driving. Only thing is the front end is so low. I wish there was some sort of protection. If you go into a driveway you have to be very careful." Read more Cadillac ATS consumer reviews.

More Fun Luxury

The Cadillac ATS is up against some seriously strong competition. Check out our Small Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide to see what Europe and Japan have to offer.