2014 Cadillac ATS 2.0T Update 4
A Great Highway Ride
For Memorial Day weekend, I took the 2014 Cadillac ATS for a 2200-mile journey from Detroit to Ocala, Fla.
Two adults comfortably made the drive cruising at 26.5 mpg mostly on Interstate 75 over the flatlands of Ohio, through the rolling Appalachians of Kentucky and Tennessee and past countless signs for peaches through Georgia.
But not everything was peachy during the trip. First, the two cup holders in the center stack are too close together. Those things are fine for skinny water bottles but cannot hold two large cups of coffee very well. It's a minor quibble, but coffee did end up spilling all over the center console.
Realistically, the ATS trunk, at 10.4 cubic feet, can carry four people's luggage snugly but when you start adding additional items, the trunk fills up quickly. For our trip, we also had a medium-sized Igloo cooler, a day bag filled with snacks and sandwiches as well as two suitcases. The cooler and camera bag were kept in the second row and luggage was in the trunk with plenty of extra space. A second deficiency was quickly noted with the ATS upon our return trip. We were supposed to take home a number of 40-inch by 40-inch paintings mounted on foam poster board. The paintings stacked up nicely but there was nowhere in the ATS to put them. The second row does not fold down (there is a small pass-through hole on the back seat) and there was no way to get the paintings into the trunk or even the second row. We did manage to load up the trunk with other items and had to move our luggage to the back seat.
However, the trip remained an overall success, despite spending more than 36 hours behind the wheel of the car over the span of five days – including the single day, 1100-mile drive home.
The ATS remains a great highway rider. The 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine glides along the highway and if you need a few more ponies to pass a semi, its 272 hp engine kicks in without a problem.
Of course, the 110V outlet in the center console (facing the second row) was very welcome as it allowed us to keep our computers charged and let the passenger work while the other drove.
Cadillac's infotainment system takes some getting used to, but overall, I don't have many complaints, though its voice recognition software does not seem very good, and I hated that the touch screen wouldn't let me change radio stations with a single push of a button. Instead I had to touch the radio button and then touch the change station button on the next screen.
Please Cadillac, bring back a couple of hard buttons for doing just that. It would make the trip go a whole lot smoother.
But again, it's a minor complaint compared to how enjoyable the ATS has been. It provides a spirited ride, great highway cruising and stylish comfort.
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