2013 Cadillac ATS 2.5 Rated At 22 MPG City, 33 Highway

Automakers have always bragged about horsepower numbers, and still do. Thanks to high gas prices, the mileage wars have become extremely important as well. BMW made waves with the current 3-Series when it debuted, with its estimates promising 36 mpg highway.

The Environmental Protection Agency later certified it at 33 mpg, an impressive figure for the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder sedan. The 2013 Cadillac ATS is aimed right at the 328i, and it comes with the availability of three powertrains at launch. The base model is a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylnder making 202 horsepower and 190 pound feet of torque.

Ticking the next option up nets you the 2.0-liter turbocharged four model making 270 hp and 260 lb-ft. The top-shelf ATS is motivated by General Motors’ 3.6-liter V-6 320 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.The EPA has released figures for the 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated base model. At 22 city, 33 highway, it nearly matches the 3-Series’ figures. Great, right? Except for the fact that it is down significantly on power. The 3 series packs 240 horsepower while the ATS comes in at 202 hp.

The 2.5-liter was expected by many to provide an eye catching MPG figure for the entire ATS line, beating the 3-Series. That hasn’t proven to be the case. The 3-Series is aided by its eight-speed automatic; the ATS comes with a six-speed unit. The ATS 2.0 is expected to be the sales leader of the lineup, offering a better value. Case in point? The 2.0 is projected to offer 22 city/32 highway. That’s just one mpg down in city and highway for 68 more hp. And, it has a price tag at parity with the 3-Series to boot, offering 30 more hp than the 328i. The ATS 2.0 is clearly the star of the lineup. At just $1,805 cheaper than the 2.0, we don’t think the ATS 2.5 will be long for this world. The story will be told soon enough by the car’s sales figures.

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