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2019 Cadillac ATS

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$38,995 — $50,895 MSRP
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Coupe
4 Seats
21-25 MPG
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Overview

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The Good

  • Excellent handling
  • Direct, engaging steering
  • Smooth power with turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Respectable gas mileage
  • Inventive cabin materials

The Bad

  • Snug interior
  • Some poorly fitted cabin materials
  • Tiny trunk
  • Touch-sensitive dashboard controls
  • Optional Recaro seats not adjustable enough
2019 Cadillac ATS exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Cadillac ATS
  • Coupe-only body style for 2019
  • Manual transmission discontinued for ATS
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Turbo four-cylinder or V-6
  • Limited-slip rear differential available
  • High-performance ATS-V available

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2019 Cadillac ATS Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Cadillac ATS?

The compact ATS serves as a direct competitor to the BMW 3 Series for GM's luxury brand, but Cadillac has dropped the sedan version, leaving only a two-door coupe. The ATS coupe is available with a 272-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or a 335-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. Both engines are available with rear- or all-wheel drive. A high-performance ATS-V coupe comes with a 464-hp, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6, rear-wheel drive and the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

What's New on the 2019 Cadillac ATS?

In addition to dropping the sedan body style, Cadillac has discontinued the six-speed manual transmission for the regular ATS. ATS models have a standard eight-speed automatic. A Pedestal Edition trim package for the ATS-V includes carbon-fiber interior trim, Recaro seats, black exterior trim, painted alloy wheels and red Brembo brake calipers.

What Features in the 2019 Cadillac ATS Are Most Important?

All ATS models provide crisp handling and a fun-to-drive demeanor, as well as spirited acceleration; the ATS-V elevates those qualities to higher levels. Being able to choose a four-cylinder or V-6 and rear- or all-wheel drive on ATS models is a plus. The ATS also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, plus the CUE multimedia system, which was improved for 2018 but can still be frustrating to operate.

Should I Buy the 2019 Cadillac ATS?

We probably would have answered "maybe" if asked this question about the 2018 ATS, because of the availability of a sedan, but with a coupe-only lineup for 2019 the ATS is harder to recommend. The coupe has the same drawbacks as the sedan, with its tight interior and limited cargo space, and the lack of rear doors makes it harder to get in and out of the backseat. Because of its handling ability, the ATS still appeals as a luxury joy ride, but its practical aspects have slid. 

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Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Cadillac ATS currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Cadillac ATS has not been tested.

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 50,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    4 year, 50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper

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

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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