2015 Cadillac ATS: Car Seat Check

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When last we tested the Cadillac ATS two years ago, we took note of how its large backseat would help make the compact luxury sedan attractive to family shoppers. But we also noted that they'd have to be willing to face some frustrating car-seat installation. The ATS returns for 2015 in a somewhat better position to carry precious cargo — though, unfortunately, some of that old baggage has returned with it.

In the "new-and-improved" column is the addition of a coupe body style to the model's lineup, as well as revised front-end styling punctuated by the redesigned Cadillac crest. That's in addition to a healthy torque boost of 35 pounds-feet to its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for a total of 295 pounds-feet at nearly double the rpm. For our purposes, removable head restraints and reduced interference by seat bolsters were also pluses. In the other column, however, the return of those Latch anchors buried in a hard-to-reach spot in the leather seats was an unwelcome one.

Check out Car Seat Check below for our full assessment.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | September 23, 2014 | Comments (2)

Cadillac to Debut ATS-V at November's L.A. Auto Show

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The L.A. Times reports that Cadillac will debut a high-performance version of its compact ATS sedan at November's 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, with a go-fast ATS coupe to follow. 

Dubbed the ATS-V, the car will reportedly get the twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 from the CTS V-Sport, which makes 420 horsepower and 430 pounds-feet of torque. Given that the ATS sedan is still at least 200 pounds lighter than its CTS sibling with the same engine, the ATS-V should be one quick car. It would target BMW's redesigned M3/M4, which boasts 425 hp and 406 pounds-feet of torque.

Related: 2015 Cadillac ATS Gets Powermat Wireless Charging for Smartphones

Expect a CTS-V to debut at January's 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit; both the ATS-V and CTS-V will go on sale in 2015. Media days for November's L.A. show, which traditionally kicks off the U.S. auto-show circuit, are Nov. 18-20, so stay tuned for our up-close impressions of the ATS-V. In the meantime, click here to read more about Cadillac's forthcoming performers from our friends at the L.A. Times.

The photo above is of a 2013 ATS with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. 

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Kelsey Mays | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 124,000 GM Cars, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: More than 124,000 GM vehicles, including model-year 2013-14 Buick Encore crossovers and Cadillac ATS cars; 2014 Cadillac CTS and ELR cars; 2014 Chevrolet Caprice and SS cars; and 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks

The Problem: Due to an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, the front seats in the affected vehicles may not stay secured in place during a high-load condition such as a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. We first reported on this issue on July 23.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will inspect the seat hook bracket assembly weld and, if necessary, replace the lower seat track for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 and GMC at 800-462-8782. They can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Cadillac ATS, Buick Encore

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Vehicles Affected: More than 48,000 model-year 2013 Cadillac ATS four-door sedans and Buick Encore crossovers

The Problem: The front outboard lap belt pretensioner cables will retract upon deployment to pull in seat belt webbing, but may not lock, allowing the cable and the retracted webbing to return to their original length under occupant loading. This could increase occupant movement and, therefore, the risk of an injury, in certain crashes. GM said the problem was discovered during frontal crash testing, and the automaker is unaware of any related crashes or injuries.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front outboard lap belt pretensioners. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule, but has ordered a stop-sale for any unsold models at dealerships until repairs have been made.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Cadillac at 800-333-4223 or Buick at 800-521-7300, or go to www.safercar.gov.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac ATS Gets Powermat Wireless Charging for Smartphones

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Cadillac is making it easier for you to simply drop your smartphone in a secured bin and focus on driving. The company will offer Powermat wireless charging on the new 2015 ATS coupe and sedan when they go on sale this fall.

Related: 2015 Cadillac ATS What's Changed

The rubberized mat will be located in the storage bin that's hidden behind the motorized door/touch-screen in the center console. The mat wirelessly charges compatible smartphones via electromagnetic induction technology. Just drop your phone onto the mat and charging begins automatically. The new feature will debut on the 2015 ATS, but it will be rolled out to the CTS sedan this fall and the Escalade SUV by the end of the year.

By Aaron Bragman | July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac ATS: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: New front-end styling, torque boost for the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a host of standard and available tech features

Price change: Starts at $34,210, including a $995 destination charge, a $220 increase

On sale: August

Which should you buy, 2014 or 2015? Aside from exterior-styling updates, most of the upgrades come with packages and on higher trim levels, but for the negligible price hike, why not stay current with that new wreathless Cadillac crest?

We've already told you all about the new-for-2015 coupe version of the Cadillac ATS, which debuted earlier this year at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, along with the modern, wreathless redesign of GM's luxury brand's famous crest. GM has some minor updates for the 2015 sedan version: fresh front-end styling, as well as newly available communication, convenience and safety features, and a substantial torque boost on one of three powertrains. While the new coupe is set to go on sale in September starting at $38,990 (including a $995 destination charge), an August dealership date has been set for the 2015 version of the four-door, which will start at $34,210 with destination, a $220 increase over the outgoing model.

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The compact luxury sedan's available 2.0-liter turbocharged engine makes 272 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque, the latter figure representing a 14 percent increase over the 2014 model. The other two engines include the standard 2.5-liter, good for 202 hp and 191 pounds-feet of torque, and the 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 321 hp and 275 pounds-feet of torque. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission; the 2.0-liter is also available with a six-speed manual. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on all powertrains except the 2.5-liter.

By Matt Schmitz | July 10, 2014 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS, 2014 CTS

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 68,887 model-year 2013-14 Cadillac ATS and 21,863 model-year 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans equipped with an automatic transmission

The Problem: GM is reporting that the shift cable may not be fully secured to the shifter or transmission bracket. If the cable detaches, the driver may not be able to shift the transmission, increasing the risk of an accident. GM said it's unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: GM has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Cadillac at 800-333-4223 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Video

The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe has the same overall look, the same available powertrains and presumably the same great handling of its sedan sibling, but with half the doors. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got up close to the two-door version of the sport sedan today at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, and he indicated that little change, in this case, is a good thing.

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While the coupe naturally loses some backseat-passenger space, Mays says legroom remains sufficient. Meanwhile, new positioning of the seat belts improves front passengers' ease of use, though it obstructs entry for those climbing in back. We'll bring you our driving impressions as the summer on-sale date approaches; in the meantime, watch the video above.

By Matt Schmitz | February 6, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe: Up Close

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Cadillac has rapidly been finding its groove as an American alternative to German luxury brands, pumping out new products that can go toe-to-toe with some of the best BMW sport sedans. The brand would like to flesh out its lineup in the way BMW has as well, and the arrival of the new ATS coupe is the latest step in that effort.

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From the outside, the ATS coupe is a little disappointing; it looks just like the sedan, with similar proportions, roofline and body angles. Cadillac says the coupe is a bit wider than the sedan, but the wheelbase is the same. The last-generation CTS had different coupe and sedan models. The coupe was a dramatically styled exotic affair; that hasn't happened with the smaller ATS. On the other hand, if you're a fan of the ATS sedan, you'll find plenty to like about the coupe. The new wreath-less Cadillac crest is prominently featured in the racier grille, and the 18-inch wheels fill the wheel wells quite nicely, but the shape is familiar.

By Aaron Bragman | January 16, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Cadillac ATS Coupe Photo Gallery (20 photos)

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Cadillac introduced its sporty ATS sedan last year to compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. For 2015, a two-door coupe variant of the ATS arrives, powered by either a 272-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 321 hp. Enthusiasts seeking three pedals can choose an optional six-speed manual transmission with the 2.0-liter.

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Sharp styling and high-tech features such as available standard Magnetic Ride Control make the new ATS coupe a real looker in the Cadillac lineup. It’s slated to go on sale this summer.

By Robby DeGraff | January 14, 2014 | Comments (8)

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