2015 Cadillac ATS

2.5 RWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 auto trans

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Like BMW, Cadillac is one of very few luxury automakers to still offer a manual transmission in its stable -- a relic kept alive courtesy of passionate enthusiasts. Being proud members of that group, we were surprised to learn that sometimes, a manual does not always make a sports car better.
Row-your-own 2015 Cadillac ATS models are all rear-wheel drive, mated to a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. One of the only choices you'll have is whether you want it in sedan or coupe form. The six-speed manual is a Tremec unit that GM uses exclusively in the ATS.
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The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe feels every bit as quick with a stick as with the torque-converter automatic, with 272 hp and 295 lb-ft pushing it from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds. Cadillac has improved the shift action since the manual was introduced for the launch of the ATS sedan, so we have no trouble moving through the gears and squeezing Caddy's turbo-four to its peak horsepower at 5,500 rpm. The smooth throws pair with a nicely weighted clutch that's predictable at the engagement point.
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On the flip side, there isn't much in the way of positive feedback when you engage each gear. The pedal box also does not lend itself to heel-toe downshifts, lacking the friendly, driver-conscious setup that makes pushing the limits in a manual so invigorating. Those shortcomings make the manual feel inconsistent with the sporting characteristics that otherwise make the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe a triumph: light weight, tight suspension, and fantastic steering. If an automaker is going to include a stick in a sports car these days, it has to make the driver really feel something, or else the better-performing automatics become the obvious victors. No doubt the rev-matching six-speed that will be standard on the upcoming ATS-V was earmarked from the get-go, and our guess is it will feel right at home in that more hardcore sports car. Here on this ATS coupe, the manual seems added to appease the enthusiasts, when it should be serving them.
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Hell, we like stick shifts as much as anyone, but it's not because it makes us feel like we can sit at the cool-kids lunch table of enthusiasts. A manual is fun because it gives you a feeling of connection and participation. Instead of the conduit that makes you an integral part of the driving experience, this stick feels like enough of an afterthought to actually distance you from that elusive sense of involvement. It's not worse than the automatic. The manual just doesn't make the ATS coupe more of a sports car than it already is.

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0T Manual Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $38,990/$46,960 (base/as tested)
Engine: 2.0L DOHC 16-valve I-4 turbo/272 hp @ 5,500, 295 lb-ft @ 3,000-4,600 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Layout: 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine RWD coupe
EPA Mileage: 19/30 mpg (city/highway)
L x W x H: 183.6 x 72.5 x 54.8 in
Wheelbase: 109.3 in
Weight: 3,411 lb
Wheels: 18 x 8 in (front), 18 x 9 in (rear)
Tires: 225/40R-18 (front), 255/35R-18 (rear)
Cargo Capacity: 10.4 cu ft
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LITCHFIELD COUNTY, Connecticut--Of all the luxury nameplates, Cadillac appears most determined to carve out an identity as the brand offering the liveliest driving experience. (We’re strictly talking passenger cars, of course—the new Escalade doesn’t exactly beg to be taken to the Tail of the Dragon.) Following the ATS sedan and the recent CTS is the 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe, where Cadillac’s new persona is more appropriate than ever.
Riding on the sedan’s 109.0-inch wheelbase, the coupe is fractionally longer, 1.4 inches wider, and 1.1 inches lower. Whereas the CTS coupe was radically shaped, the two-door 2015 Cadillac ATS adopts a rather restrained version of Cadillac’s angular design language, despite the opportunity afforded by all new sheetmetal (only the hood is shared with the sedan). See it on the road, though, and you come to notice its wider, lower, less chunky form, particularly from the rear. Still, we wonder if the styling will prove too muted to motivate coupe buyers.
Underhood motivation is provided by a 2.0-liter turbo or a 3.6-liter V-6. The ATS coupe doesn’t bother with the sedan’s 202-hp, 2.5-liter base engine, and we don’t miss it. For the turbo four, torque is up by 35 lb-ft (in the sedan, too), for a total of 295 lb-ft along with 272 hp. That edges the V-6’s 275 lb-ft, but the V-6 still holds the upper hand in power with 321 hp. Both engines can be had with all-wheel drive, so critical in the Northeastern states such as Connecticut where we had our first drive opportunity. We also dipped into Massachusetts and New York on a route of mostly rural two-lanes in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.
We started in the 2.0-liter ATS coupe with the six-speed manual. The stick shift is available only with this engine, and only with rear-wheel drive, but on any of the four trim levels. Since its introduction in the sedan, the six-speed has been revised for better shift action, and it moves nicely though the gears. The clutch take-up is springy but agreeable. More agreeable is the acceleration, as the ATS zips to 60 mph in a factory-measured 5.6 seconds. Like the sedan, the ATS coupe is admirably light (more svelte than even the BMW 4 Series), which helps put a spring in its step. The lively response is mirrored in the chassis, which provides snappy turn-in, and a taut suspension that still delivers decent ride quality. A short freeway stint, however, revealed plenty of road noise.
A second Cadillac ATS coupe, which paired the 2.0-liter with an automatic gearbox, showed that the latter does little to diminish performance. This example had the optional semi-aniline leather and suede interior, which gives the cut-and-sewn-style interior trim more credibility. On this leg, we spent more time interacting with CUE, which is standard on all but the base model. It seems a bit more responsive, but CUE is still not a good interface, even if a tech-savvy owner might get used to it. We do like Cadillac’s large nav screen with its sharp-looking graphics, and the ATS coupe further burnishes its tech cred with Powermat wireless charging of compatible devices, located in a hidden cubby behind the motorized CUE panel. In other tech news, the ATS coupe introduces OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity (via AT&T), which spreads to all Cadillacs for 2015; it also can be a wireless hot spot.
For the last stretch, we hopped into a top-spec Premium with the 3.6-liter V-6. The engine sounds good and its 321 hp is impressive, but it’s not appreciably quicker than the turbo four. The powertrain’s weak spot is the six-speed automatic. Now that we’ve been spoiled by eight-speed automatics—like the one in the 4 Series, for example—you really notice how far apart the ratios in a six-speed can sometimes feel, particularly in sudden calls for moderate-to-heavy acceleration. A couple more gears presumably would also aid fuel economy, an area where the ATS trails all three of its German competitors, both four- and six-cylinder variants.
This was the most challenging section, with decreasing-radius corners and steep hills, and we loved the firm pedal and precise modulation of the Brembo brakes, which are standard on all ATS coupes. The top-spec, rear-wheel-drive model gets an exclusive, uprated, FE3 suspension with Magnetic Ride Control and summer performance tires. (The FE3-equipped car is also the only variant to offer a mechanical limited-slip rear differential and a competition mode for the stability control.) All ATS coupes offer tour and sport driving modes for steering effort and automatic transmission mapping, but here they affect damping as well. The difference is mostly in ride quality, with sport mode more faithfully transmitting road surface irregularities while the tour mode smothers smaller disturbances. Still, harshness is notably absent. In all cases, you get a tightly coiled suspension that loves to dive through curves—much like the standard setup. The lack of a wide variation in tuning illustrates how Cadillac is giving this car a real focus rather than trying to be all things to all people.
Like its sedan sibling, the 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe is a trim, tight package that prioritizes driving dynamics. Coupe buyers, however, should be more receptive to its message, meaning that Cadillac’s emerging persona may have found its best home yet—at least until the ATS-V comes along.

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Specifications

On sale Late summer
Base price range $38,990-$49,200
Engine 2.0-liter I-4 turbo
Power 272 hp @ 5500
Torque 295 lb-ft @ 3000-4600 rpm
Engine 3.6-liter V-6
Power 321 hp @ 6800
Torque 275 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Drive Rear- or all-wheel
Wheels 18 x 8, 18 x 9 in (front, rear)
Tires 225/40R18 front, 255/35R18 rear
Curb weight 3398-3674 lbs
Fuel economy 19-21/29-30 mpg (2.0L); 18/26-28 mpg (3.6L) (city/highway)
Cargo capacity 10.4 cu ft
2015 Cadillac ATS
2015 Cadillac ATS

New for 2015

The 2015 Cadillac ATS received a number of changes, the largest being the addition of the ATS Coupe. Other changes to the model include a new Cadillac crest on the front grille, Cadillac DockSpot wireless phone charging (late availability), the latest CUE system with text message alerts and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that requires a subscription, 14-percent more torque from the 2.0-liter turbo engine, lane keep assist has been added to the Driver Awareness Package, automatic safety belt tightening and lane change alert have been added to the Driver Assist Package, and several new exterior colors in addition to revised interior color/trim combinations.

Vehicle Overview

The Cadillac ATS is a rear- or all-wheel-drive luxury sports car that fits below the CTS as the automaker’s smallest offering. The ATS is available as a sedan or coupe and aims to compete with the German Trio that has dominated the sports-luxury segment: Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.


The 2015 Cadillac ATS is available in coupe or sedan, rear- or all-wheel drive, automatic or manual (2.0-liter only), and with four- or six-cylinder engines. The standard engine on the Sedan is a 2.5-liter I-4 that makes 202 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, gets RWD and a six-speed automatic, and is rated at an EPA-estimated 21/33 mpg city/highway. The base 2.5-liter is noticeably absent from the Coupe, but we don’t miss it. The first optional engine for the Sedan, and base engine on the Coupe, is a turbocharged 272-hp 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 295 lb-ft of torque, which can be paired with a six-speed manual or the same six-speed automatic, but must get the automatic to be paired with AWD over the standard RWD. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19-21/30 mpg in RWD form (manual is less efficient around town), and 20/28 mpg in AWD form. The most powerful available engine is a 321-hp 3.6-liter V-6, which makes 275 lb-ft of torque, gets paired exclusively with the automatic, but can be coupled to RWD or AWD. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 18/26-28 mpg, with a slight penalty for AWD.
Some of the most noteworthy features on the 2015 ATS include Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo performance brakes, a 50/50 weight balance, an 8-inch infotainment screen, an inductive charging system for wireless phones (you can place your phone on the mat behind the CUE screen to charge without having to plug it in), the safety alert seat (warnings from the various systems will vibrate in the seat to alert drivers of danger), full-speed range adaptive cruise control, full-color head-up display, side blind zone and rear cross-traffic alerts, and the Intellibeam high-beam control (automatic dimming of the high-beams when oncoming traffic is detected).
The 2015 Cadillac ATS Sedan received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), but the Coupe has not yet been evaluated.

What We Think

The 2015 ATS is a competent contender in the German-dominated luxury sports car segment. Skip the base engine and consider only the turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 or the 3.6-liter V-6. Comments in our logbook for our Four Seasons test car (a 2013 Cadillac ATS with the V-6 and RWD) have been piling up. We called our ATS "really satisfying to hustle" and noted that "the ride is surprisingly sweet on crappy roads."”
The ATS Coupe takes all of the good things about the Sedan but does away with the back doors; although we wonder if the styling effort will be too muted to attract the folks who would buy it. We noted that the ride often verged on harsh and the back seat was cramped (in terms of ingress/egress passengers of all heights often hit their heads). The CUE infotainment system's lack of knobs and use of copious small touch points was a source of frustration. That being said, it’s something you can get used to. But getting used to something hardly means loving it.
You’ll Like
  • Turbo I-4 power
  • Exhaust note of V-6
  • Great handling
You Won’t Like
  • CUE infotainment system
  • Harsh ride over rough roads
  • Getting the base 2.5-liter
Key Competitors
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Mercedes Benz C-Class
  • Audi A4
  • Infiniti Q60


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Rear-wheel-drive coupes bring to mind beefy engines with high cylinder counts, fat tires, and blaring exhaust notes. People often forget that there are other ways to enjoy the handling benefits of a longitudinally mounted engine and a roof over your head. Today, you can even get rear-wheel-drive dynamics and muscle-car looks with 4-cylinder engines in cars like the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, and now the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. So here’s the lot of them -- all 8 coupes you can buy now with rear-wheel drive and a 4-cylinder engine.
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BMW M3, it’s coming for you. That’s right, the 2015 Cadillac ATS-V is on its way, and spy photographers caught the best look yet at the high-powered sport sedan as it tore through the Nürburgring racetrack.
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Cadillac’s new wreath-less badge that debuted on the ATS Coupe will be propagating to the rest of the brand’s lineup this year, and the 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan is the next recipient of this update. The car also receives a few other minor changes for 2015.

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2015 Cadillac Ats Specifications

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2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
33 MPG
202 hp @ 6300rpm
191 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
50,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 72 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to February 9, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the power-operated roof panels auto-close when the non-recessed "Slide" or "Tilt" switches are pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) No. 118, "Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems."
Because the switch is not recessed, the roof panel switch may inadvertently be pressed resulting in unintended auto-closure of the roof panel, increasing the risk of personal injury.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the roof console accessory switch trim plate, free of charge. The recall began on March 10, 2015. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 15119.
Potential Units Affected
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Recall Date
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Cadillac ATS and CTS vehicles. The affected vehicles have a bracket between the brake pedal assembly and the rod that actuates the brakes that may fracture during normal brake pedal operation.
If the bracket fractures, the driver would not be able to apply the brakes, increasing the risk of a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace any affected bracket, free of charge. The recall began July 6, 2015. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 15352.
Potential Units Affected
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Not Rated
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NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
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IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength

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