Unfortunately, this V-6 transmits an annoying amount of vibration into the cabin at idle, just like the engine in our Four Seasons ATS. Fortunately, a seamless stop-start feature means you’re rarely sitting still with the engine idling. We think this is one of the smoothest stop-start functions around, promptly shutting the V-6 off at stops and restarting it the instant you lift your foot off the brake.
The eight-speed automatic impresses because it is essentially unnoticeable. It shifts perfectly smoothly at all times, and it never seems to get confused if we suddenly ask for more power or instead lift off the throttle unexpectedly. The only downside is that the smoothness extends to manual shifts in Sport mode, since we’d like crisper, more immediate gear changes when we tug the shift paddles on the steering wheel.
The 2016 Cadillac ATS coupe still isn’t perfect. It remains great to drive, with more power and efficiency than before, and its angular exterior design has tons of curb appeal. But we still find the interior of rivals like the BMW 4 Series, Lexus RC, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe to be more appealing places to spend time. Even so, continuous improvement to its engine and transmission help the 2016 ATS remain a strong contender in the sporty luxury segment.
2016 Cadillac ATS Coupe 3.6L Premium Specifications
|Engine:||3.6L DOHC 24-valve V-6/333 hp @ 6,800 rpm, 285 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm|
|Layout:||2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, RWD coupe|
|EPA Mileage:||20/30 mpg (city/hwy)|
|L x W x H:||183.6 x 54.8 x 72.5 in|
|0-60 MPH:||5.5 sec|
|Top Speed:||149 mph|