The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact sport sedan was created to take on German competitors from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but nowadays, that means putting as much attention on fuel efficiency as on athleticism. After all, it may surprise some folks to know that the top choices in this segment are all comfortably above the 30-mpg mark on the highway—and that includes the ATS.
According to recently published EPA figures, the ATS with its standard 2.5-liter I4 engine and six-speed automatic transmission will be capable of 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway/26 mpg combined. How does that fare against the aforementioned Teutonic trio? Let’s take a look, while also comparing power and pricing on entry-level models, too:
- Cadillac ATS—$33,900; 3,315 lbs.; 202 hp and 191 lb.-ft. of torque; 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway/26 mpg combined
- BMW 328i—$36,500; 3,360 lbs.; 240 hp and 255 lb.-ft. of torque; 23/33/26
- Audi A4—$32,500; 3,509 lbs.; 211 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque; 24/31/26
- Mercedes-Benz C250—$34,800; 3,428 lbs.; 201 hp and 229 lb.-ft. of torque; 21/31/25
As you can see, the ATS does offer some notable advantages here: It’s not as powerful as the BMW, but its price of admission is a significant $2,600 lower. Also, although the Cadillac is more expensive than the Audi, the latter carries nearly 200 more pounds and relies on a CVT—not the kind of transmission often associated with performance vehicles. And the ATS edges the M-B in terms of price, weight, horsepower and fuel efficiency.