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#4690748 - 03/10/18 05:40 PM 2018 ATS
Throt Offline

Registered: 11/15/14
Posts: 902
Loc: NW Ohio
**Pictures are sideways, I know, I apologize...also know this, I'm lazy**

Picked this up the other night. Fantastic car.

2018 ATS 2.0L Turbo AWD, Phantom Grey

Came with remote start, sunfroof, wheels locks, rubber floor mats and heated seats as factory installed options.

First impressions:


Transmission: It's fussy (GM 8L45). It does NOT like to be driven before it is warmed up, the first shift when cold is flinchingly abrupt. I'm hoping that this will improve as the transmission learns, the car only had 8 miles on it when I pulled out of the dealership. However, once warmed up, it shifts very quick and smooth, can hardly feel it. I have to watch the tach if I want to know when it's shifting sometimes. It just doesn't have finesse you'd expect from this level of car, the transmission in the Sonata was more refined.

Engine (GM LTG, While I haven't yet been able to really DRIVE the car (1,500 mile break-in), from the couple times I've lightly gotten on it, this thing will move and the low-end torque is delicious. Once broken in, I am really going to enjoy this motor. 93 octane is highly recommended but can run on as low as 87, but with reduced mpg and performance. I'll always run at least 91. This is my first turbo car and I'm looking forward to seeing the performance they give.

Auto Stop-Start: What a dreadful technology to put on such a good motor. I disable it every time I start the car and am irritated I cannot turn it off permanently.


Steering: So much better than the 2017 Sonata I traded in. Tracks dead on-center. I've actually been able to understand what "feedback" is in relation to steering. I am sad about the steering wheel, I hate 3-spoke steering wheels. Going to be an adjustment.

Ride: Ride is kind of rough, but I knew this and accepted it in return for the Alpha platform.

Handling: Crisp, sharp turns, you can really drive a corner in this thing. Light, nimble, responsive, athletic. Everything I wanted. Fully understand why this Alpha platform found it's way into the Camaro. It's very good.

Brakes: 4-piston Brembo in the front, 2-piston Brembo (I think) in the rear. Stops on a dime.


Interior: Overall, I am in love with the interior. Very nicely done. I am not thrilled with the CUE system, but apparently, for the 2018 model it got a much needed upgrade, so I'd hate to know what it was like before.

Noise: By FAR the quietest car I've ever owned and I've really enjoyed that. I felt the Sonata was overly loud.

Seats: Recaro seats, some of the best seats I've ever sat in. I am, however, having a hard time finding my comfy spot. This car is a tad small for a 6ft tall person.

Now, can the break-in be done already! I want to drive this thing!

Edited by Throt (03/10/18 05:47 PM)
'18 Cadillac ATS AWD, 2.0L T-GDI, 200, Factor Fill/Filter, his (lease)
'17 Elantra, 2.0L, 15,500, QS Ult. 0w20 w/ FU, hers (lease)

#4690752 - 03/10/18 05:48 PM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt]
MCompact Offline

Registered: 07/21/02
Posts: 3995
Loc: KY
2014 M235i
1999 Wrangler Sahara
1995 318ti Club Sport

2016 i3 REX
2009 Cooper Clubman

2009 328i

Buy what makes you smile...

#4690753 - 03/10/18 05:51 PM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt]
2015_PSD Offline

Registered: 09/26/10
Posts: 7100
Loc: SE Texas
Very nice--congratulations on the new car. Obligatory question--which oil and filter?
2018 AMG GLC 43 Coupe...................M1 Euro 0W-40 + MB
2015 F-250 6.7L Powerstroke Diesel.....Delo 400 LE 5W-40 + CQ Blue (WIX)
2014 Explorer 3.5L Limited................M1 AFE 0W-20 + FU

#4690754 - 03/10/18 05:53 PM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt]
E365 Offline

Registered: 12/16/07
Posts: 361
Loc: Minnesota
Awesome! My (realistic) dream project is to LS swap an ATS. Make what the ATS-V SHOULD have been!
2015 Ford Focus 1.0 Hatchback
2008 MINI Cooper S

#4690769 - 03/10/18 06:20 PM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt]
skyactiv Offline

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 4035
Loc: The Midwest
Nice car! It's also nice you noted it's quiet. It makes road trips much more enjoyable. And I imagine the AC works really good, too.
Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual

#4690791 - 03/10/18 06:53 PM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt]
Mr Nice Offline

Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 20702
Loc: Orlando, FL
Very nice.

#4690801 - 03/10/18 07:07 PM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: E365]
Cujet Offline

Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 6851
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
Originally Posted By: E365
My dream project is to LS swap an ATS. Make what the ATS-V SHOULD have been!

Not sure I agree, the little turbo engines have a very nice feel, all their own. And It's prob quite a bit lighter, which would lead to a better driving feel.

Edited by Cujet (03/10/18 07:10 PM)

#4690819 - 03/10/18 07:25 PM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt]
dishdude Offline

Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8407
Loc: Phoenix
Congrats! I had a 2013, I really enjoyed it.
2015 Grand Cherokee 3.6 - M1 5w-30 Wix 10010
2017 124 Spider 1.4T - PP Euro 5w-40 Wix 57341

#4690833 - 03/10/18 07:39 PM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt]
cpayne5 Offline

Registered: 12/28/05
Posts: 570
Loc: Virginia
Awesome car! Enjoy.

#4690855 - 03/10/18 07:58 PM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt]
Old Mustang Guy Offline

Registered: 11/16/05
Posts: 944
Loc: Rockwall, Texas
I rented a Cruz with stop start. I found it to be much smoother if I let off the brake and let it start just before it was time to accelerate. Much smoother than just hitting the gas.

#4690884 - 03/10/18 08:29 PM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt]
Nick1994 Offline

Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 9633
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Beautiful car, I bet it's comfortable. I couldn't do black on black though.
2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 74k PU 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 227k M1 AFE 0w30 & Wix
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 145k M1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra

#4690951 - 03/10/18 09:50 PM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt]
JHZR2 Offline

Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41225
Loc: New Jersey
Congrats! Is there an MT version of this car? That would have been my choice - I assume you test drove one to know about the fussiness of the trans?

Having driven a number of start stop capable vehicles in Europe, I don't get the issues with it.

#4690967 - 03/10/18 10:06 PM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt]
Leo99 Offline

Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 2782
Loc: NJ
Tell me more about the tranny. Don't understand how being barely able to detect shifts is lacking finesse.

Caddy infotainment gets a lot of demerits in the reviews I've read. How do you like it?
Without data you're just another person with an opinion. W. E. Deming

2003 Corolla 250,000 miles
2004 Rav4 333,000 miles
2015 Camry 40,000 miles

#4691079 - 03/11/18 04:48 AM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Leo99]
Olas Offline

Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 3808
Loc: Manchester, England
Originally Posted By: Leo99
Tell me more about the tranny. Don't understand how being barely able to detect shifts is lacking finesse.

Caddy infotainment gets a lot of demerits in the reviews I've read. How do you like it?

Smoothness is only one part of finesse, also being in tune with what you want and being able to react promptly to demands are equally important.
Cable ties should hold it

#4691111 - 03/11/18 07:16 AM Re: 2018 ATS [Re: Throt]
miden851 Offline

Registered: 02/15/16
Posts: 369
Loc: GA
my dream car!
2008 Mazda6i GT; @188K miles
2016 Honda CR-V EX-L; @25K miles

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