Beating Germans in their own game is a tough thing to do. But Cadillac tried to take on directly BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-class with their mid-size luxury car, ATS. And guess what, they failed. Sales numbers aren’t in favor of this car maker, as the sale of ATS is declining year by year even with just four years old. Well, they are closest to A4 when it comes to sales but that isn’t enough. So they are trying even harder with some changes made to 2017 Cadillac ATS sedan to try and take more market share. Before anything, if you like 2.5-liter, you should know that this one isn’t available for this model.
2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan – Design
But first, as for exterior, nothing has changed compared to 2016 model. There are three different trim levels base, Luxury, and Premium Performance. With either one, the front grille is unchanged and headlights stretch nicely in the fenders. But nice looks of the headlights aren’t the only thing important, visibility should be number one and we’ll later explain later. As for the rear end, vertical rear lights nicely blend on each side of the trunk in overall appearance. You can also choose 10 colors from the color palette. 17-inch wheels come as standard, but you can also have (depending on trim selection) 18 or 19-inch wheels.
2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan – Interior
As for the interior, there are 5 different color combinations, but for overall appearance, nothing has changed. But to boost sales of 2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan, they packed base model with more tech. Cadillac User Experience (CUE) comes as standard, and 8-inch touchscreen also comes with a base price. There is also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature, the rear-view camera as also as Bose premium sound system. On the downside, rear seats still don’t have enough legroom, while cargo space is also quite limited.
2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan – Engines
A 2.5-liter isn’t available, in favor of 2.0-liter turbo engine with 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. A 3.6-liter engine with 335 horsepower is still available but comes only with top trim. This engine generates 285 lb-ft of torque. And comes with Stop/Start feature. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all trims, and AWD is available for exact $2.000 extra. The thing is that AWD isn’t available for top, Premium Performance trim. But there is another good thing when it comes to 2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan. Unlike other luxury competitors, this one still has a manual transmission available. So you can have either six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.
2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan – Safety
As for the safety, former models were rated by the IIHS only in front crash prevention. And the results were always (2013-2016) “superior”. But as we mentioned earlier number one job of headlights is to provide excellent visibility of the road. Well, according to IIHS with either HID or halogen headlights, visibility was rated “P” poor. So this is an issue that Cadillac should consider improving. We will see if anything was done about this when results for 2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan arrive.
2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan – Price
As for the price, the base model has gone up for $1.380, but that is not much with all standard features added. There were rumors that Cadillac cut prices for other trims between $650 and $1.100 than 2016 models. Rumors are one thing, but exact prices are another.