Save On Your Dream Car With A Used Cadillac ATS

March 13th, 2020 by

A silver 2014 Cadillac ATS is parked on a cobblestone road outside Fort Worth, TX.

The Cadillac ATS was a short-lived compact sedan that ran from 2013 until 2019. While it has since been replaced by the Cadillac CT4 it is still a fantastic smaller luxury vehicle when you’re looking to save money and still jump into a Cadillac. Here at Frank Kent Cadillac, we were a bit sad to see the ATS go, although Cadillac has been known to refresh its vehicle lineup by completely swapping in new designs. But, because Cadillac has moved past the ATS, it means you can save big on a used Cadillac ATS. Plus, the oldest one available is a 2013 model year, so no matter which one you land on, you will end up with a vehicle that is less than ten years old and with plenty of life and style left in the tank. While we have plenty of Cadillac used cars on the lot, here is some of the information you’ll want to know specifically about the Cadillac ATS.

Introduction to the Cadillac ATS

The very first ATS came in 2012 with the 2013 model year release. It was available in either all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. Cadillac and other luxury manufacturers were the first to start offering all-wheel drive on smaller sedans and coupes, although other companies have started to jump on that option. Additionally, you’ll find most modern Cadillac models are rear-wheel drive (when not going for all-wheel drive).

The engine on the first ATS was a 2.5L I4 that would produce up to 202 horsepower. Of course, if you wanted a little bit more power, you could upgrade to the 2.0L Turbo I4, which jumped the horsepower up to 272, or the 3.6L V6, which produced 321. One feature you might like if you’re an automotive purist is that with the 2.0L engine, there are some available that come with a manual transmission.

The 2015 Update

Cadillac performed a mid-generation facelift on its 2015 model year. This came with a new grille and the brand new Cadillac emblem (which was more of a tweak on the classic design more than anything else). With the 2015 edition, the fascia on the front end of the car was lowered, and additional paint choices were added. So, if you’re interested in the widest number of colors on your used Cadillac ATS, you’ll want to go for at least a 2015 model year or newer. Other than these changes, most of the ATS models remained the same.

Starting in 2015, the ATS was available in both the regular sedan design and as a coupe (it went on sale in 2014 with the 2015 model year). While the coupe does not have the rear doors, it does have a slightly wider base than the sedan. The coupe design also came with a manual transmission available.

The 2015 model year also saw a number of upgrades in technology, including 4G LTE connectivity with localized Wi-Fi hotspot. Plus, several of the trims include a 12-speaker Bose stereo system.

One version of the ATS that didn’t make it to the United States (it was a Chinese exclusive, although you never know what ends up on this side of the Pacific sometimes) was the ATS-L. This was a much longer version of the ATS. In fact, it looks like someone took a picture of the regular ATS and stretched it from side to side. Other Cadillac models offer a similar build design, so if you are interested in a longer Cadillac, we will have others available. Just an interesting tidbit. You never know what kind of vehicle options from American companies are available overseas.

2016 Model Year

For 2016 several additional changes were made on what the vehicle received in 2015. This included a new automatic transmission. If you went for the 3.6L V6 engine, the car would come with an eight-speed transmission. It also became the first ATS model to use start-stop technology. Also, starting this year, the 2.0L Turbo engine became the base engine found in the Cadillac ATS. So if you shop for a used ATS, all 2016 and newer models will have at least a turbo 2.0L.

Now we come to the Cadillac ATS-V. We do love our V models. These are the kinds of vehicles you look for when you want both a Cadillac and some serious performance specs. The V lineup is basically the offspring of a Caddy and a Corvette. And, as you would guess, the two put together make some beautiful cars.

The V series of the ATS ran from 2016 through the conclusion of the ATS in 2019 and was available as both a four-door sedan and as a two-door coupe. The ATS V used a 3.6L twin-turbo V6, which produced 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. With this engine under the hood, the car was able to go from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds and hit top speeds of 189 miles per hour. Now we wouldn’t recommend trying this yourself, but it’s sure nice to know you have that kind of acceleration power when it’s needed (never know when you’re merging onto the highway, and the semi on the right side isn’t getting over, and you need to take matters into your own hands).

Available Trim Levels

Cadillac is generally straightforward when it comes to the trim levels. You’re not going to find a dozen different trims. With all of the ATS models, you will either be able to go with the standard model, the Luxury trim, the Performance trim, or the Premium trim. Typically, if you want to spring for the larger engine with the highest horsepower and torque, you will need to go for the Premium trim.

Safety and Awards

The Cadillac ATS was one of the safest luxury vehicles when it was out. In fact, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration gave both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models five star overall ratings, which is the highest score possible. The 2013 Cadillac also became one of the first models on the road to take advantage of forward collision warning, electronic stability control, and lane departure warning safety features.

The short-lived ATS did take home several awards. This included the 2012 (for the 2013 model year) Car of the Year award from Esquire, as well as the Luxury Car of the Year award from Popular Mechanics. Motor Press Guild also gave it the Vehicle of the Year award. The same vehicle received the North American Car of the Year award, as awarded by North American journalists.

Stop By Frank Kent Cadillac For Your Next Used Caddy

There’s just nothing like a Cadillac. It’s the true definition of American luxury. However, just because you want to sit behind the wheel of American luxury does not mean you’re required to spend your entire bank account. With a used Cadillac, you’ll save money and still land a beautiful car, just like the ATS. So whether you’re trying to track down one of the used ATS Cadillacs for sale, or you’re interested in one of the other models, all you need to do is come out to the lot and check out the wide selection at Frank Kent Cadillac in Fort Worth. If it’s used and it’s a Cadillac, you know we’ll have it here, ready for you.

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