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2014 Cadillac ATS Review

Nimble handling, a range of potent engines, and high safety scores are the 2014 Cadillac ATS' hallmarks. However, it has a low reliability rating and little space for back-seat passengers.

Pros & Cons


  • Sporty handling
  • Punchy optional engines
  • Excellent crash test scores



  • Low reliability score
  • Small trunk
  • Cramped back seat





Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Cadillac ATS Overview

Is the 2014 Cadillac ATS a Good Used Car?

The 2014 ATS is a fine upscale sedan, with great performance and a high-end cabin to match. The ATS' top-tier safety scores are also noteworthy. However, it's not the most practical car in the class, as there's limited rear-seat passenger room and a small trunk.

The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the ATS is decent, but it doesn't deliver particularly quick acceleration. The available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6 are much more potent. All three engines come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, and a fun-to-shift six-speed manual is available with the turbo 2.0-liter engine. The rear-drive ATS (all-wheel drive is available) can feel a bit rough over bumpy roads, but its handling is incredibly sharp. The precise steering lets you make the most out of twisty roads, though it doesn't provide as much feedback as some drivers may like. The ATS gets up to 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with the base 2.5-liter engine, which is typical for the segment.

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The ATS' cabin has a handsome styling that's fitted with first-rate materials. The gauges in the ATS look rather mundane compared to the flashier and fancier gauges found in many rivals. The front seats are comfortable, with plenty of legroom. Headroom, on the other hand, is more limited, particularly with the optional sunroof. The rear seats don't offer much space, so adults will likely be uncomfortable riding in the back for long trips. There are full sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats, along with an additional upper tether connector in the rear middle seat. You can use the middle upper tether and borrow the lower anchors from the outboard seats to place a child safety seat in the middle.

With a standard Bose audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, dual USB ports, and dual-zone automatic climate control, the ATS is well-equipped for the class. An 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system is available. It can be difficult to use, as it doesn't always respond to inputs. The system recognizes voice commands, however, which can be easier than tapping on the touch screen. The ATS has one of the smallest trunks in the class, and only upper trims have a folding rear seatback that makes it easier to haul long, bulky items.

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Used 2014 Cadillac ATS Prices

The price of a used 2014 Cadillac ATS ranges from about $17,200 for a base model to around $25,000 for an ATS Premium model. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Cadillac ATS?

The 2014 ATS has one of the lowest reliability scores in the class (2.5 out of five). A score of three is considered average, and most sedans in the class earn a 3.5 or higher.

How Safe Is the ATS?

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the ATS earns a five-star overall rating, with five out of five stars in every individual test category. The ATS has one of the highest safety scores in the class.

There are no standard active safety features in the ATS, though many are available, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and a rearview camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used ATS?

The ATS was introduced as an all-new model for the 2013 model year and continues into the 2017 model year as part of the same generation. There are essentially no changes between the 2013 and 2014 models, so if you can find a 2013 model that is cheaper, it will still have all the features listed in this 2014 ATS review.

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Which Used Cadillac ATS Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Cadillac ATS comes in four trims: base, Luxury, Performance, and Premium. While the base ATS is reasonably well-equipped, buy a Luxury model if you can find one at a good price. The base model has features like dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, leatherette upholstery, and a Bose audio system. With the Luxury trim, you get real leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, remote start, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Higher trims add driver assistance features, navigation, a head-up display, and either a sport-tuned suspension or adaptive suspension.

Through a Cadillac dealer, you can buy a certified pre-owned ATS. Cadillac CPO 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.

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2014 Cadillac ATS and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac ATS or 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The ATS and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class may be in the same class, but they're different breeds of car. With its lithe handling, the ATS puts performance front and center, but it sacrifices some ride comfort. The C-Class, on the other hand, is more sedate around corners and has a nicely cushioned ride. Both rivals have premium cabins and potent engine choices. Other differences include safety (the ATS wins) and reliability (the C-Class comes out on top). Your decision comes down to what you value more in a car.

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac ATS or 2014 BMW 4 Series?

The BMW 4 Series is even more fun behind the wheel than the ATS is. Like the ATS, the 4 Series coupe conquers corners with ease and is a pleasure to drive. All of the 4 Series' available engines deliver brisk acceleration. The 4 Series doesn't sacrifice ride quality in the name of handling, however, so the ride is still smooth over road imperfections. Additionally, the standard infotainment system in the 4 Series is easier to use than the one in the ATS.

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