If you’re a fan of Cadillac, America’s biggest luxury sedan manufacturer to date, then you must know that the company’s attempts to make it in the compact luxury sedan segment have never been successful. That’s a historical fact, ladies and gentlemen, a well documented one. They had their fair share of downs without ups, and I don’t really wanna get into all that right how. What I do wanna talk about is the Cadillac ATS 2016, which is light years ahead of all the previous models. This beautiful metal horse boasts an exquisite exterior design, a super-cozy and attractive interior, super handling and a refined ride quality, all of which make it the best competitor from United States against the monstrous BMW 3 Series from Germany. It’s our own Captain America from the world of automobiles, if you will. The 2016 edition introduces a few pretty nice improvements over the last year model. First of all, an 8-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous 6-speeder, and the tweaked 3.6-lit V6 is 12 Horses stronger and provides +11 torque, while being more fuel-efficient than ever. Yep, this is the best ATS to date, no doubt about it.
Horses, Pound-Feet And Cylinders
Overall, there are 3 engines for you to choose from with the Cadillac ATS 2016, and all the available trims come standard with RWD (rear-wheel drive) and the 8-speeder I just mentioned. The entry-level trims come with a 2.5-lit 4-cyl unit that’s good for 202 Horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. As for fuel-efficiency, the powertrain returns 32 miles per gallon on the highway and 22MPG in the city (26MPG combined). The second engine is a turbocharged 2.0-lit 4-cylinder that’s capable of 272 Horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. AWD (all-wheel drive) is also available, while a 6-speed manual transmission is optional (only with RWD, though). Mileage is about the same, so, let’s not get into the tiniest details (the difference won’t be significant, believe me). The final engine for you to grab is a mighty 3.6-lit V6 that pumps out 333HP and 285 lb-ft of torque.
The CUE Interface – The Only Downside To The ATS
That’s a pretty strong setup, maybe not class-leading, but definitely super competitive. Alright, what else do we have with the latest Cadillac ATS 2016? Well, the models that feature the CUE interface have Apple’s CarPlay and Android’s Auto integrated within the system. The infotainment system itself is all-new for 2016 and comes equipped with a stronger processor and fully restyled menus that are meant to make your time with the controls a lot more fun and joy. However, the touch-sensitive center bunch is still far from perfect and can make you angry once or twice on the road. On the other hand, if you know your way around technology, you might even not hate the CUE that much.
Cadillac ATS 2016 – One Of The Best Picks In The Segment
Alright, let’s take a look at who the Cadillac ATS 2016 will have to compete with this year: first things first, take a look at the triumphal 3 Series from BMW, the absolute king, queen, champ and leader among luxury-class sedans. It’s super sleek, sexy and premium, comes with sporty handling, a nice interior and a bunch of engines to choose from. Another big rival is the recently upgraded Mercedes C-Class, which boasts a super-royal wooden cabin with soft-touch and metallic accents here and there. The third mighty German, the Audi A4, along with the Lexus IS is also a pretty appealing option, so, you’ll have to think it all through before you make your final decision. True, nothing comes close to the 3 Series, but, if you’re a fan of US-made products and want to stick with Caddy, you won’t miss much with the latest ATS, trust me. Even among wolves the car manages to hold its own and shine bright.
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