2014 Cadillac ATS

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The 2014 Cadillac ATS Sedan has definitely got the “pretty-boy swag.” I am thoroughly impressed by the way this piece machinery carries itself. It oozes class and a bit of ego when in sport mode.  The real question is, can it out class and out perform its competitors? It’s lighter weight and world class stability control gives this sedan a nice advantage but is it enough to really stand out amongst others in its segment? That depends on your personal tastes, so the only real way to find out is to drive one yourself.

The 2014 Cadillac ATS is a five-passenger, luxury sport sedan. It is available in four trim well- equipped trim levels: base, Luxury, Performance and Premium. Prices cover a $16 grand spread. It ranges from an affordable $34,000 all that way up to $50 grand depending on your chosen trim, package and options.

 2014 Cadillac ATS Ratings

The 2014 Cadillac ATS base models offers 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, an active-aero grille (improves aerodynamics and speeds up engine warm-up time), dual-zone automatic climate control, six-way power front seats with lumbar support, OnStar services, Bluetooth® and a seven-speaker Bose sound system with an iPod/USB interface, an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio. If you would like to add a bit more flare to the base model, then opt for the CUE system (Cadillac User Experience). This system includes an upgraded surround-sound system, HD Radio, an 8-inch touchscreen display and a rearview camera.

The Luxury trim already offers the CUE system plus  run-flat tires (up to 100-200 miles), push-button start, a remote starting system, eight-way power front seats, front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat back.

The Performance trim includes all that the Luxury trim has to offer plus dual exhaust tips, xenon headlights, automatic high-beams and wipers, rear-seat side airbags, a forward collision warning system, rear cross-traffic and lane departure warning systems, the upgraded 10-speaker surround-sound system, front sport seats. Adding the optional Driver Awareness package will add additional safety features like adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitoring system and a collision avoidance system with brake assist.

Stepping up to the Premium trim level will add 18-inch wheels, a navigation system and a head-up display. All rear-wheel drive Premium variants come with run-flat summer tires, a sport-tuned suspension and adaptive suspension dampers. An optional Cold Weather Package gets you a heated steering wheel and heated front seats. If you opt for the V6 Premium model, the available Track Performance Package adds an engine oil cooler and high performance brake pads.

Standard safety features across the board include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, front-seat side and knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. OnStar with automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking and stolen vehicle assistance with navigation is also standard.

To sum it up the 2014 Cadillac ATS is a great car, but if you are going to spend the money you may want to check out its competition like the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, Infiniti Q50 or Lexus IS.

 Offers a touch of swag, good handling and driving dynamics

 Smallish trunk

Stashi is an Editor at Driver Pulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and latest news throughout the automotive industry. From the sight of sleek curves to the sound of a roaring engine, old and new, she has a great love for vehicles of all makes and models. What she finds most exciting is that automakers of iconic muscle cars from the past, such as Ford and Chevrolet, are reproducing them for this generation of gearheads. Her dream car, the 1964 or 1966 Ford Mustang, is the ultimate American pony car and paved the way for her love of growling and rumbling engines of old school muscle cars. She spent her whole life in the Midwest and still finds herself playing the same game she once played with her father when she was a young girl. It’s a game her father liked to call “Name that make and model”. This game has become more challenging as the years pass making it a great way to pass the time on long road trips. She believes that automobiles, old and new, are an art form that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.

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