As many are aware, Cadillac has been working on the ATS sedan, with the stated intent of giving the BMW 3 series a black eye. The ATS price has just been announced at $33,990, and the car hits dealerships this summer.
Caddy readies new compact
The standard among entry-level luxury cars has been the BMW 3 series, favored transportation for yuppies worldwide since time immemorial. Granted, competing cars like the Audi A4, the Lexus IS and the Mercedes C-Class are pretty good, too. Creating a car that is an equal, or at least deserves equal consideration from prospective buyers, is not easy.
The new entry in the field is the Cadillac ATS, the compact sedan Caddy created to show up the 3 series. Cadillac even says so right on their website.
A fantastic amount of coverage has been devoted to the ATS and the car’s specifications, except for the price. GM has, according to AutoBlog, finally disclosed that the ATS will start at $33,990.
Price tiered by engine
The ATS, currently available only as a sedan, has three available engines. There is a 2.5-liter, 200 horsepower four-cylinder, a 270 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 320 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6, the same V-6 found in most of Cadillac’s cars, though tuned up slightly for the ATS.
Each engine demands a price premium. The more powerful turbo four-cylinder starts at $35,795 and the V-6 boosts the price to $42,090. Prices include destination charges but not options like all-wheel-drive, which costs $3,200 to add to a CTS.
The V-6 and 2.5-liter four-cylinder models get automatic transmissions, according to the Detroit News. The base model gets a six-speed. Models with the 2.0-liter turbo can be had with either manual or automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive is only an option for the 2.0-liter turbo and V-6 models.
The Cadillac User Experience, or CUE, Caddy’s infotainment/control touchscreen system, is only standard on the premium model, though presumably an option for others. The full options list isn’t available yet, however.
On the costly side
Whether the ATS is as rewarding to drive as a 3 series remains to be seen, but the price is about the same. The base model is almost $1,000 cheaper than the $34,900 base 3 series, but less powerful by 40 horsepower. The 2.0-liter turbo ATS is more powerful by 30 horsepower, but $800 more expensive. The base Mercedes C-Class is, typically of a Mercedes, more expensive than both, at $35,675.
The base ATS is a bit more expensive than other luxury compacts that produce 200 horsepower or thereabouts. The Infiniti G25 is $495 cheaper. The base Audi A4 is also cheaper, at $33,375 after destination charge. However, one can also opt for a six-speed manual and Quattro AWD for only $275 more than the cost of the base ATS, which AWD is not an option for. The least costly is the Acura TSX, which starts at $30,905 after destination charges. However, only the Infiniti is rear-wheel-drive, which driving purists insist on.