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.