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2019 Cadillac ATS Review

The 2019 Cadillac ATS ranks poorly among luxury small cars. Its performance chops are strong, but it has a below-average predicted reliability rating and an unimpressive cabin quality, and its seating and trunk space are tight.

Pros & Cons

  • Engaging handling
  • Trio of powerful engines
  • Long list of standard features
  • Tiny rear seat and trunk
  • Hard-to-use infotainment controls
  • Unimpressive gas mileage
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

New for 2019

  • Sedan model discontinued
  • Manual transmission only available in ATS-V
  • Last model year of production

7.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 6.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Cadillac ATS a Good Used Car?

The Cadillac ATS isn't a very good used luxury car. Available only as a coupe, its rear-seat space is laughable, and its trunk is one of the smallest in the segment. Additionally, the ATS isn’t as nice inside as most other luxury small cars are. This Cadillac's strengths are limited to performance. It has a few powerful engine options and deft, lively handling.

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We analyzed 64 Cadillac ATS reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 ATS is the right used car for you.

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How Much is the 2019 Cadillac ATS?

Based on listings for the 2019 Cadillac ATS, the average list price is $29,698. Prices range from $29,698 to $58,242 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Cadillac ATS Cost to Own?

The 2019 ATS’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $34,000, or $6,800 per year. That’s slightly above average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Cadillac ATS: What's the Difference?

Cadillac cut several features and options in the 2019 ATS. You’ll have to shop for a 2018 ATS if you’re interested in the sedan body style or if you want more manual transmission availability. For 2019, the manual transmission can only be found in the high-performance ATS-V model.

Notably, 2019 was the final model year of production for the ATS.

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Here are key changes for the Cadillac ATS over the past few years:

  • 2016: ATS-V model debuted; eight-speed automatic transmission became standard; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay made available
  • 2017: standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine debuted; Teen Driver safety system made standard; new infotainment system with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 2018: no major changes
  • 2019: ATS sedan discontinued; manual transmission limited to ATS-V

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 ATS, 2017 ATS, and 2018 ATS full reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Cadillac ATS?

The 2019 Cadillac ATS has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

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2019 Cadillac ATS Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 Cadillac ATS at this time.

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Which Used Cadillac ATS Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Cadillac ATS coupe is available in four main trims: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Premium Performance. There's also a performance-oriented ATS-V trim. The base model and Luxury trim come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the Premium Luxury and Premium Performance feature a V6. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is available in every model except the Premium Performance.

The Cadillac ATS-V coupe features a twin-turbo V6 engine, a manual or automatic transmission, and several performance enhancements.

Skip the base trim and spring for at least the ATS Luxury. That trim adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and navigation, and it's the first model available with driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.

  • Cadillac ATS: Standard features in the 2019 Cadillac ATS include synthetic leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, a power trunk lid, a sport suspension, Brembo brakes, the Teen Driver safety system, alloy wheels, and a rearview camera. An 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system is also standard, along with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, three USB ports, wireless device charging, Bluetooth, a 12-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, voice recognition, and HD Radio. Available features include heated front seats, a sunroof, performance brakes, and a performance exhaust.
  • Cadillac ATS Luxury: The Cadillac ATS Luxury gains adaptive headlights, genuine leather upholstery, driver's seat memory settings, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, navigation, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a household-style power outlet, a 14-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a 12-way power-adjustable passenger seat. The ATS Luxury is available with semi-aniline leather seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a following distance indicator, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a safety alert seat.
  • Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury: The ATS Premium Luxury trim adds a sunroof, sport aluminum pedals, a safety alert seat, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high- beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a following distance indicator, and forward collision warning. This trim is available with adaptive cruise control, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, a head-up display, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and an electronic parking brake.
  • Cadillac ATS Premium Performance: The Premium Performance model includes a head-up display, a performance adaptive suspension, a limited-slip differential, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and performance tires. Newly available features include a V-Sport performance suspension package and a Track Performance package.
  • Cadillac ATS-V: The high-performance Cadillac ATS-V comes standard with leather and suede upholstery, launch control, performance traction management, a limited-slip differential, a premium steering system, performance brake linings, and carbon fiber body pieces. Available features include 16-way power-adjustable Recaro front sport seats and a performance data and video recorder.

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What Does Cadillac's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Cadillac offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles four years old or less and with fewer than 50,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles see the original new-car limited warranty extended to six years or 100,000 miles. Cadillac CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Cadillac’s warranty page carefully.

Cadillac’s CPO program is OK, according to our analysis, but several luxury carmakers offer better programs. These include Lexus, Infiniti, Audi, and Acura.

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How Safe Is the ATS?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tested the 2019 ATS. This is common among luxury vehicles.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver (lets you do things like set speed and audio volume parameters for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Following distance indicator
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Safety alert seat
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward and reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Head-up display

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2019 Cadillac ATS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Cadillac ATS or 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a much better luxury small car than the ATS. The Mercedes has an opulent interior and more passenger space in its sedan form than the ATS. You can also get this Benz as a coupe or a convertible. The C-Class delivers a pampering ride, and its engine offerings stack up well against the ATS. With the Cadillac, you can get between 272 and 464 horsepower, while the C-Class has four options that range from 255 to 503 horses in the most powerful Mercedes-AMG variant. Prices are a few thousand dollars higher for the C-Class than for the ATS, but it's worth the extra dough.

Which Is Better: 2019 Cadillac ATS or 2019 Cadillac CTS?

The 2019 Cadillac CTS is a luxury midsize car. This larger Cadillac has outstanding handling, and the range-topping CTS-V – at 640 horsepower – is more hellacious than any ATS variant. You'll get a larger trunk and decent rear-seat space with the CTS as well. Both of these cars have a so-so interior quality for their segment, the same frustrating infotainment controls, and below-average predicted reliability. If you want a sporty coupe and can sacrifice space, buy the ATS. If you want a little more room or horsepower, go with the CTS.

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2019 ATS Performance

How Does the 2019 Cadillac ATS Drive?

The Cadillac ATS comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s peppy enough for most driving situations, and the eight-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth, sharp shifts. However, this base powertrain can be loud and unrefined at higher speeds, and it might feel out of place in a luxury coupe.

An available naturally aspirated V6 engine is better at propelling the ATS around. It also doesn't suffer from the same harshness as the standard turbo-four. The ATS-V is the performance vehicle in the lineup, with a twin-turbocharged V6 that makes it practically ready for the track.

This Caddy stacks up with the best cars in the class when it comes to handling and driver engagement. Steering is well-weighted, and there's ample feedback from the road. Excellent road grip makes it easy to take corners with enthusiasm. However, the sport-tuned suspension results in a stiff ride, which is most noticeable over bumps and potholes.

  • Base engine: 272-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engines:
    • 335-horsepower 3.6-liter V6
    • 464-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard eight-speed automatic; available six-speed manual
Does the 2019 Cadillac ATS Get Good Gas Mileage?

No matter which engine it's equipped with, the 2019 ATS returns worse fuel economy estimates than comparable luxury small cars.

  • Four-cylinder, RWD: 22/30 mpg city/highway
  • Four-cylinder, AWD: 21/29 mpg
  • V6, RWD: 19/29 mpg
  • V6, AWD: 18/26 mpg
  • Twin-turbo V6, automatic: 17/25 mpg
  • Twin-turbo V6, manual: 16/23 mpg

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2019 ATS Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 ATS Seat?

The 2019 ATS coupe seats four people in two rows. The front seats remain supportive whether you’re taking corners or on a long drive. Cabin space is OK, but taller drivers might want more headroom. The car is pretty narrow, so you sit very close to the front passenger. The second row is cramped, and it's hard to get in and out of. A sloping rear roof and tiny windows limit the driver's rearward visibility.

The ATS falls behind many luxury competitors in terms of cabin quality. Materials and design are nice enough, but you’ll probably notice some hard surfaces.

Standard seating features:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • Genuine leather upholstery
  • Semi-aniline leather upholstery
  • Leather and suede upholstery
  • 14-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • 12-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • 16-way power-adjustable Recaro front sport seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Driver's seat memory settings
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Cadillac ATS?

The 2019 ATS has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear seats.

2019 Cadillac ATS Features

The Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system has sharp graphics and functions smoothly. The downside is that nearly all of the car’s functions, including some for climate and seating, are controlled through the touch screen or other touch-sensitive buttons. When driving, it can be tricky to use these haptic buttons.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, three USB ports, wireless device charging, Bluetooth, a 12-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, voice recognition, and HD Radio
  • Available infotainment features: navigation
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and remote start
  • Other available features: an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a household-style power outlet, a sunroof, and a performance data and video recorder

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2019 Cadillac ATS Dimensions

Cadillac ATS Cargo Space

The Cadillac ATS has one of the smallest trunks in the luxury small car class with just 10.4 cubic feet of space.

2019 Cadillac ATS Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,418 to 3,693 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Cadillac ATS Built?

General Motors built the 2019 Cadillac ATS in Michigan.

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