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The Kid Came to Play

The ATS, the smallest, most affordable Cadillac, has been met with positive reviews as a legitimate contender to the BMW 3 Series and other small luxury

sport sedans. Key ATS strengths include its sharp, distinctive styling, comfortable and tech-laden interior, and driving dynamics that will surprise and impress European sport sedan aficionados. Just-okay resale values and a particularly tight rear seat are a couple potential shortcomings to be aware of.

For 2016, the ATS' V6 is more powerful and more fuel efficient, there are new safety and tech features (including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), and the ATS line expands to include the high-performance ATS-V.

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The 2016 Cadillac ATS is available with a choice of three engines: a 202-horsepower 4-cylinder, a 272-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 333-horsepower V6. Also offered are a choice of 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmissions, and rear- or all-wheel drive. A turbocharged, automatic, rear-drive ATS is the most popular version.

Skip the V6

We'd take the lighter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine over the more powerful V6, as noted in our 2016 Cadillac ATS full review: "A V6-powered ATS has ample power, but it's up against a tough alternative within its own lineup: the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. That smaller engine has terrific balance of power and efficiency. It enables the ATS to hit 60 mph in the mid-5-second range while offering better fuel economy."

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