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Cadillac ATS Coupe

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Base Price:$37,995
Price as Tested: $48,605

With nearly a 100 years of coupes trailing behind it, the all-new Cadillac ATS Coupe has a long and storied heritage. It manages to bring together, luxury, performance and a healthy dose of class. It reaffirms just how good a car a domestic carmaker can build when it puts its mind to it.

There is something more personal about a coupe and what it says about its owner. It’s a statement to be sure and, in the case of the ATS two2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe door, that statement is one of confidence, taste and, maybe even, panache. Reducing the number of doors lops off a little rear-seat head and legroom, but coupe owners generally don’t bother with doing much in the way of passenger hauling anyway. Let’em take the bus!

Two engines are available to power this coupe: a turbocharged 272-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder and a 321-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. More often than not, the six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission will get the nod to hand off engine production to the rear wheels; however, buyers opting for the 2L engine and wishing to stir the tranny can chose a six-speed manual. AWD is available with either engine, but it requires the automatic transmission.

Fuel economy is decent with an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and a 24 mpg in combined city/highway driving with the automatic and 2L combo like my test ATS. Oddly, neither AWD nor the manual tranny impacts the fuel numbers, but opting for the V6 knocks 3 mpg off the city, and 2 mpg off the highway and combined numbers.

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe“Entry-level” somehow doesn’t work with the $37,995 base version anchoring the four trim levels. It’s loaded with all manner of content including full power accessories, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, run-flat tires, keyless ignition, eight air bags, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar telematics and a seven-speaker Bose-infused audio system with iPod interface and satellite radio capability.

Of the three remaining trims, my $44,935 test ATS was decked out in the middle Performance trim. By the time you get to this model, it has tacked $6,940 to the base price and added a storehouse of goodies, such as leather seating, multi-adjustable power heated front seats, the Cadillac CUE system with its LTE 4G WiFi hotspot and wireless device charging, Safety Alert Seat, automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, rear-seat side airbags, and forward-collision, rear cross-traffic and lane-departure warning systems, surround-sound audio system and eight-inch touchscreen.

Another $3,700 in options, such as a navigation system, special aluminum wheels and paint brought the total cost up to $48,605.

Furnished for four, the cabin is a nice cross between elegant and sporty, leaning a bit to elegant with lots of soft-touch surfaces and quality 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupematerials Offering scads of side support, the front bucket seats are firm and comfortable. Front and center, the key gauges are large and easy to read. The CUE system operates pretty much like a smart phone where you do things with a variety of screen touches.

Unless you are trying to take the office to lunch or your daughter to her tuba lesson, there isn’t a “but” about the ATS Coupe. Cargo and rear-seat space are a bit stingy; but otherwise, this is one terrific car.

Even though it wasn’t mine, I felt like a million bucks driving it around and being seen in it. It’s one terrific machine!