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2016 Cadillac ATS

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$15,161 — $31,853 USED
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Sedan
4-5 Seats
22-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Excellent handling
  • Smooth power with turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Respectable gas mileage
  • Inventive cabin materials
  • Sharp styling

The Bad

  • Disappointing manual transmission
  • Snug interior
  • Some poorly fitted cabin materials
  • Tiny trunk
  • Unintuitive multimedia system
2016 Cadillac ATS exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Cadillac ATS
  • New V-6 engine available
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot capability available
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Coupe and sedan body styles
  • High-performance ATS-V available

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview

Cadillac's compact ATS gives GM's luxury brand a direct competitor to the BMW 3 Series. Cadillac boasts that the ATS has near 50/50 front/rear weight distribution and one of the lowest curb weights in its class. Available with rear- or all-wheel drive, the five-seat ATS is offered in four-seat coupe and five-seat sedan body styles with a choice of three engines: two four-cylinders and a V-6. New ATS-V performance versions of the coupe and sedan are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2016
A new available 3.6-liter V-6 engine makes an estimated 333 horsepower and features stop-start technology and cylinder deactivation to save fuel. A new eight-speed automatic transmission joins the lineup and is offered with all three engines. The turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder gains stop-start technology, too.

Apple CarPlay iPhone mirroring technology has been added to the available Cadillac User Experience multimedia system. Android Auto capability is due later during the model year.
Significant Standard Features

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • LED gauge cluster lighting
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot capability (subscription required)
  • Six-speed manual transmission (turbo four-cylinder)
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • CUE multimedia system
  • Adaptive high-...
Vehicle Overview

Cadillac's compact ATS gives GM's luxury brand a direct competitor to the BMW 3 Series. Cadillac boasts that the ATS has near 50/50 front/rear weight distribution and one of the lowest curb weights in its class. Available with rear- or all-wheel drive, the five-seat ATS is offered in four-seat coupe and five-seat sedan body styles with a choice of three engines: two four-cylinders and a V-6. New ATS-V performance versions of the coupe and sedan are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2016
A new available 3.6-liter V-6 engine makes an estimated 333 horsepower and features stop-start technology and cylinder deactivation to save fuel. A new eight-speed automatic transmission joins the lineup and is offered with all three engines. The turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder gains stop-start technology, too.

Apple CarPlay iPhone mirroring technology has been added to the available Cadillac User Experience multimedia system. Android Auto capability is due later during the model year.
Significant Standard Features

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • LED gauge cluster lighting
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot capability (subscription required)
  • Six-speed manual transmission (turbo four-cylinder)
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • CUE multimedia system
  • Adaptive high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED accents
  • Adaptive suspension with Magnetic Ride Control
  • Forward collision alert and front and rear automatic braking
  • Backup camera
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Blind spot warning system

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
24 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best Car for the Times

by TM K from Dallas, TX on November 16, 2018

Is great looking, has great power and handling. One of the few left to offer a manual - a must for a REAL driver. Caddy comfort with better than BMW perforamnce. Read full review

(5.0)

Chick magnet

by mississippi_hippi from Madison, MS on August 16, 2018

I love this car. So fun to drive and so beautiful. It is not as smooth a ride as the CTS but I have the low profile wheels, so that makes a difference. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Cadillac ATS currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Cadillac ATS 2.5L Standard

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
5 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
5 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Cadillac

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper (2012-2017 models)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The ATS received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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