We fell in love with our cute and spunky little Cadillac 2017 ATS that General Motors (GM) sent over for a few days, even if it tried to be mean and nasty with blacked out rims, front grille and painted red calipers.
The Cadillac ATS in our possession featured a 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder engine that pumped out 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. We wished the car made more of grunt when slamming on the gas pedal given its aggressive visual cues, but were nonetheless impressed by the ATS's easy get up and go. As we found in our review of the Corvette Grand Sport, GM continues to make one of the most intuitive, easy to use infotainment systems around. You can tell the company actually thinks the system through, contrary to many others in the space who we will choose to remain nameless.
The Cadillac infotainment system, called the Cue, offered Apple (AAPL) Carplay and Android Auto all on an eight-inch multitouch screen. Bonus points for GM for including a 4G wi-Fi hot spot and text message alert capabilities.
Inside, the Cadillac added a low-gloss carbon fiber interior trim to help try and up its cool appeal. While some of the interior trim options felt slightly subpar (such as the plastic trim on the steering wheel) given the Cadillac badge on the exterior, it was all perfectly fine as the overall appearance and feel of the car just works. The sporty Recaro seats took a bit to get used to (not what you expect to see in a Caddy), but they quickly grew on us for their comfort and how they fit in with the aggressive design of the car.
Sprinkle in 25 miles a gallon on average gas mileage, and for a shade over $45,000 the Cadillac ATS makes a fine entry level luxury car. And most importantly for Cadillac, it gives the millennial consumer a reason to consider trading up to a higher priced model at some point instead of jumping ship to Mercedes-Benz, BMW or Toyota's (TM) Lexus.