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MSRP: $33,065 - $48,195
Invoice: $31,246 - $45,062
MPG: 22 City / 33 Hwy
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Cadillac ATS Interior

The 2014 Cadillac ATS' cabin is generally praised by test drivers for its stylish design and ample use of premium materials, though some think the gauge cluster looks somewhat dull. Additionally, many reviewers say that the ATS’ available CUE infotainment system is difficult to use.

  • "Inside, the ATS emulates the CTS with a similarly sharp-edged design and extensive use of premium materials, including stitched surfaces on the dashboard and doors. Befitting its performance-oriented character, the ATS is available with carbon fiber interior trim, while real wood is another trim option." -- Left Lane News
  • "Offering a well-finished assortment of real wood and supple leather and leatherette trims set off with plated-metal and carbon-fiber accents, the Cadillac ATS features a wraparound dash, driver-centric controls, LED gauges and subtle ambient lighting. While in no danger of putting Audi out of business, the ATS cabin is much more elegant than might be expected, which is a very good sign in a luxury-car interior." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside, the 2014 Cadillac ATS boasts a variety of high-quality materials, including tasteful wood and metallic accents. The cabin feels solidly put together, but we've noted a few more fit and finish issues in the ATS than in similarly priced competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "The ATS' interior is, in comparison to its gizmos, fairly reserved. The styling takes no great chances and the gauge cluster is pretty boring to look at, but the materials throughout are high-quality and well-assembled." -- Motor Trend (2013)

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Seating

The ATS seats five and come standard with leatherette seats. Power-adjustable front seats are standard. Full leather upholstery, heated front seats with greater power adjustability and a heated steering wheel are optional.

Test drivers say the ATS' front seats are comfortable and supportive, with sufficient legroom and good visibility from the driver’s seat. Some complain that headroom is limited, especially on models with a sunroof. Multiple reviewers comment that the back seat feels somewhat cramped, saying it offers limited shoulder room, headroom and hip room.

  • "Up front, most drivers will find it easy to get into a comfortable driving position, and in our experience, the front seats provide ample support on longer drives. Oddly, the optional sport seats don't provide much more lateral support than the standard seats, even with the addition of power-adjustable bolsters. Compared to most other entry-level luxury sedans, the ATS's backseat is smaller than the norm. It's not necessarily a deal breaker depending on what your priorities are, but know that taller adults will find headroom, shoulder room and hiproom in short supply." -- Edmunds
  • "Front-seat legroom is adult-sized, but headroom can get cramped with the sunroof. In classic compact-sedan fashion, rear legroom can be described as iffy, but not excruciatingly so." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Our test car had the high-line 'performance' seats with multiple adjustments, and they proved both comfortable on the road and supportive at the track." -- Road and Track (2013)
  • "Back seat's a bit snug, but two adults of normal stature should be comfortable. Front's quite agreeable." -- USA Today (2013)
  • "The roof pillars are narrower than on most new sedans, and our only visibility gripe regards annoying rear-window reflections caused by bright sun bouncing off the light-toned package shelf." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Interior Features

The ATS comes standard with two USB ports, push-button start, a seven-speaker Bose stereo system, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control and satellite radio. Optional features include Cadillac's CUE infotainment system, a power sunroof, HD Radio, a backup camera, navigation and a 10-speaker Bose stereo system. Optional safety equipment includes blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward collision alert.

Much reviewer criticism of the ATS' cabin is focused on CUE. Critics say that the system does not respond quickly, if at all, and nearly all say that conventional knobs and buttons would be much easier to use. Still, one says that the voice controls work well, which helps reduce the frustration of inputting commands through the touch screen.

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  • "This all results in a certain wow factor, but in practice, CUE can be slow to respond (and occasionally, fail to respond at all), and some features, such as the slide bar for volume adjustment, turn out to be more trouble than conventional controls. In this class, we prefer the BMW iDrive and Mercedes-Benz COMAND interfaces (both of which use a multidirectional dial-type controller). On the upside, the ATS has a robust voice recognition interface, so if you get tired of fiddling with the touchscreen, initiating commands by voice is a pretty painless process." -- Edmunds
  • "To its credit, the touch spots here at least are larger than the tiny dots on Ford's system, and the spot vibrates to let you know that you've touched it successfully. But it's not as reliably responsive as a physical button and, unlike a knob, can't be operated by feel. What it does do well is look neat." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "Not so good: sliding bar for stereo volume. Knobs, please. No better way." -- USA Today (2013)
  • "Think of Cue as an in-dash iPad with haptic feedback and proximity sensors that react as your hand approaches. Touch the slider potentiometers and they gently touch you back to let you know that your command has been executed. The system requires a small learning curve, though, since we occasionally touched past an intended item or app. The screen is also prone to finger prints, although Cadillac includes a wiping cloth." -- Left Lane News (2013)

Cargo

The ATS offers 10.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small for the class. Reviewers agree that the ATS doesn't offer a lot of cargo space, and one notes that folding rear seatbacks are only available on upper trims.

  • "The trunk is similarly confining. In spite of its wide opening, it offers just 10.2 cubic feet of capacity. Only the Luxury and Premium trims have a 60/40 split-folding rear seat." -- Edmunds
  • "At 10.2 cubic feet, the ATS has the smallest trunk in the segment." -- Car and Driver (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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