When it comes to Cadillac, many luxury buyers are like my neighbor Chris: They’re still stuck in the 1990s, typecasting Cadillac sedans as white-walled whales bought only by blue-hairs and mafiosos. Then I gave Chris a ride in the quick and agile 2017 Cadillac ATS, which has more power than his BMW 330i.
Jaw dropped. Eyes opened. “I think I owe Cadillac an apology,” he said climbing from the ATS sedan’s passenger seat.
Built in Lansing, Michigan, the 2017 Cadillac ATS is the luxury brand's smallest and least expensive model. Although it’s available as a four-door sedan or a sexy two-door coupe, and it offers powerful engines, optional all-wheel drive, and advanced safety technology, the ATS continues to be one of the most overlooked vehicles in the very competitive small luxury class. Its rivals include the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series, and 4 Series, Lexus IS and RC, Audi A4 and A5, Jaguar XE and the new Alfa Romeo Giulia.