Ahead of the 2013 Cadillac ATS launch, the United States Environmental Protection Agency—which tests and rates all major manufacturer models on sale here for fuel economy rating—has given the 2.5-liter four-cylinder powered, rear-wheel-drive ATS a 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway rating. Cadillac’s own estimates rated the ATS at 22/32 mpg, meaning the EPA test bestowed an extra 1 mpg highway. The combined rating is 26 mpg. How does that fare with the competition?
The ATS is thought to be Cadillac’s foray in to the weathered BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class segment. The BMW 328i, when fitted with the turbo-four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, returns a similar 23/33. The Mercedes-Benz C250, employing a turbo-four-cylinder paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, comes up just below, with ratings of 21/31 mpg.
Cadillac will offer the ATS with an available 270-hp turbo-four of its own, which it estimates will return 22/32. The ATS paired with the non-turbo entry level engine will have a starting price of $33,990, and will be in dealerships later this year. Automotive.com will be test driving the 2013 Cadillac ATS soon, be sure to check back for our first drive impressions later this month.
Source: Cadillac, Fueleconomy.gov