2016 cadillac ats Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Cadillac ATS gains a few major powertrain changes including the addition of an eight-speed automatic transmission on all models to replace the old six-speed unit. A new generation of the 3.6-liter V-6 engine has also been added and is expected to make 333 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque. Models equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo-four now come with an engine stop/start system while Apple CarPlay has been added to the upgraded CUE infotainment system. Three new exterior colors have been added: Cocoa Bronze Metallic, Moonstone Metallic, and Stellar Black Metallic. A high-performance version called the ATS-V has also been added to the range.
The 2016 Cadillac ATS is a compact luxury car that’s available as a sedan or coupe and in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. A high-performance version called the ATS-V is also available in coupe and sedan body styles.
Four engines are available in the 2016 ATS and they are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is only available in the ATS-V and models with the 2.0-liter turbo-four.
Model: ATS 2.5
Engine and Transmission: 2.5-liter I-4 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 202 hp/191 lb-ft of torque
Model: ATS 2.0T
Engine and Transmission 2.0-liter turbo I-4 – six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic
Power 272 hp/295 lb-ft
Model :ATS 3.6
Engine and Transmission 3.6-liter V-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power 333 hp/285 lb-ft
Engine and Transmission: 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 – six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic
Power 464 hp/445 lb-ft
Trunk space is small for both the coupe and sedan, but can be expanded via the available 60/40 split folding rear seats.
In addition to the standard dual front, front side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 ATS also comes with knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Rear side airbags are available in models equipped with the 3.6-liter V-6 and the ATS-V. The Driver Awareness package adds the safety alert seat, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, lane change alert, and rear cross-traffic alert. On the Performance and Premium trims, the Driver Assistance package adds front and rear automatic braking, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and an electronic parking braking.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
On the base 2016 ATS, standard features include a seven-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, leatherette upholstery, a 5.7-inch driver information display, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control and 17-inch alloy wheels. Stepping up to the Luxury trim adds leather upholstery, memory function for the driver’s seat, a rearview camera, remote start, Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, and wireless charging. The Performance trim adds HID headlights, front and rear parking sensors, illuminated outside door handles, performance seats, and paddle shifters for cars with the automatic transmission. Navigation, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available as standalone options or part of a package. In the range-topping Premium trim, standard features include a performance suspension, GM’s Magnetic Ride Control system, a limited slip rear differential, a head-up display, navigation, 110V power outlet, and a 10-speaker audio system.
What We Think
In a comparison test that also included the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S, the Cadillac ATS-V placed second because it offered exceptional levels of performance and gave the driver plenty of confidence on all roads. However, it lost out to the Mercedes because on the track, all of its advantages were almost nullified, putting it on par with the C63 but better than the M3.
More pedestrian version of the ATS also provide plenty of driving fun, offering excellent handling and straight-line performance. In a 2015 ATS Coupe 2.0T First Test review, we said that the ATS is the superior handling car when compared to the BMW 4 Series. Even in the rain, the ATS remains well balanced and controllable. The car’s interior dimensions, however, are a weak point because there’s not much rear seat space in both body styles while ingress and egress in the coupe is difficult especially for taller people. On the other hand, the ATS’ interior is well built, featuring soft leather on nearly every surface including the dash and door panels. Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system is improved but it remains fussy to use due to the touch-sensitive buttons’ lack of responsiveness.
The ATS shares its turbo-four, 3.6-liter V-6, and twin-turbo V-6 with the larger CTS.
- Excellent performance and handling in all models
- Well balanced chassis
- Nicely built interior
You Won’t Like:
- Small trunk
- Limited passenger space
- Infotainment system is fussy to use