2014 Cadillac ATS 2.0T Long-Term Update 2
Cadillac Thumbs Its Well-Frosted Nose at Winter
There are definitely a few key subzero features on the long-term Cadillac ATS that impressed me during the Detroit winter, including the remote start, heated seats, and powerful heater system. This year, winter at MT's Detroit HQ was brutal, with many mornings starting out well below zero. That's when the remote start on the ATS becomes a driver's best friend. Hit the lock button, sip your coffee, hit and hold the start button, then wait 10 minutes. (The running lights turn on when the car is running.) Even when temperatures dropped below -15, the ATS started right up, warming up the car and helping break through the ice on the windows.
As for its performance, the rear-drive ATS has been a hoot. After the first snowfall, it slipped and slid all over the road as the 2.0L turbocharged engine threw lots of white stuff and the tail remained very loose. This may have partly been the result of my overly aggressive throttle and the all-season radials. When we switched the all-seasons for true winter tires, the ATS grabbed the road and braking was significantly improved.
While many people might want the all-wheel-drive model for snow and ice, I find the rear-drive version more fun and easy to control. For most people, just changing out the tires will provide the necessary traction for safe driving. All-wheel-drive models can sometimes provide a false sense of confidence.
As a daily driver, the ATS is impressive. The cold can be an excellent tool for testing a car's interior durability. Cold weather can make many dashes squeak and rattle like a Lego set. The pothole-filled roads can also be a durability test for a car's suspension and tires.
Overall, the ATS provided great cold-weather comfort. The CUE infotainment system, with its touch screen and touch-sensitive controls, works even through gloves and it has become fairly intuitive the longer I drive the car.
|Service life||4 mo/6062 mi|
|Average fuel economy||25.0 mpg|
|CO2 emissions||0.78 lb/mi|
|EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ||21/31/24 mpg|
|Energy consumption||135 kW-hrs/100mi|