Look, the first one is my family's wagon, the second is my new baby & the third one is the 2014 CTS
I got the Premium because of the MRC and my previous experience with my CTS-V. IMO it rides somewhat better than the standard "sport" suspension that all the other models use. I had an ATS Luxury with 17" run-flats for a week as a loaner, and my car definitely has less harshness, while handling better even in "touring" mode. I only use "sport" to go over speed humps, as it allows me to go over them faster; otherwise, that setting is way too stiff for street driving, IMO. The 2.0 is not only much quicker under full power than the 2.5, it is also much smoother and quieter. It does run fine on regular gas, too, though it will be a bit quicker on full throttle on premium, and I think it gets slightly worse mileage as well, but I am still experimenting with it. No warranty issues, as the manual states regular is allowed, unlike with my V, where premium was required. It's only recommended for maximum power.
Note that the MRC is only available on the Premium with RWD, not AWD. Also be aware that with all of the same options, the Premium is only about $2K more than the Luxury, and $1K more than the Performance, and you get a lot of kit for that slight premium. Plus, the MRC is only available on the Premium.
Seriously OP just go drive the different models and see what you like, if you drive a Premium then a standard and think you just wont survive without some of the tech in the premium then well, you know what to do.
I drove them ALL and I gotta say, the premium has some neat party tricks, but just not enough to justify the extra money. The 2.0 has MORE than enough power for every day, I drove a 2.5 and while its not a bad car, the engine felt a bit.. wheezy? like you really had to wring it out to get that supposed 200hp (didn't feel like 200 IMO), and I didn't like the single exhaust outlet on the 2.5
If you get the 2.0 you also get Brembo's, dual exhaust, somewhat nicer flared wheels and some other stuff, and if you get the stick you get LSD automatically as well :)
Completely agree re: the engine power on the 2.0T. Before I took delivery of the car I was reading all about people wanting to tune it, complaining that it lacked power, etc. Guess it's all perspective-based, but coming from a Subaru Legacy this thing takes off like a rocket to me. More power than I need for day-to-day driving.
If I was driving hard on back-roads or at a track a lot, then I can see things like a tune and mods making a difference. But for Joe Everyman, the 2.0T is great IMHO.
this^ I came from a supercharged cobalt SS, was at about 240WHP, and this thing still feels much quicker at the top end(of course S/C quicker at the bottom end) the 2.0 has NO problem getting outta the way, 273 hp is nothing too sneeze at, you wont have much trouble passing people
Sorry guys, I have a 2.0 and wish I'd gotten the 3.6L. After 5000+ miles in the ATS I finally had to drive my old 335, now my wife's as she needed my car for the day. Just WOW is all I can say. It was a ****ing rocket. I'm sure the 3.6 is as well. A light touch of the throttle and you're blasting down the road insanely. Giggle all day kinda speed. Lol. I'm stuck now but will never make this mistake again. Don't even think about it, just get the 3.6.
What prude runs this site? I wrote f u c k i n g and the god damn site changed it to ****ing. Ugh! Are we children? WTF.
See I got the 2.0 because I HAD to have a manual, just had to. As well, I know I'll be modding it, I also know what its capable of quite easily(getting my down pipe/inter cooler soon) and after the tune this thing will stomp a 3.6 without trying :sneaky:. But I suppose if you're not into modding then the 3.6 might be better for ya.
The guy wanted an opinion and I gave one. I don't have to worry about precopernicusism lol.Quote:
Originally Posted by Hoosier Daddy
I'm not in the mood for keyboard warrior drama. I just wanna chat about cars, lol.Quote:
Originally Posted by thebigjimsho
Hi craggy, did u get the auto or manual?
I got the the 2.5 ltd I4/auto with the brembo brakes.
I like the 3.6 a lot but I do about 2 fill ups a week so economy was my thing. If I was driving as much I do I would have gotten it.
But the brakes make up some of the difference in horsepower by late braking.
Depends on your dealer & the salesman, sometimes u can exchange with zero or little penalty.
Below r my ATS & SRX4
I own a 2008 CTS premium performance. I drove a 2.0 premium ATS for a loaner. All I can say is I thought to my self "this is one bad ass little car." It was very comfortable and plenty of room for the driver (I am 6'5" 300 lbs) with really broad shoulders and long legs. I was very comfortable. The ride was smoother than my bigger CTS the interior is quiet and the top of the line Bose surround sound kicks ass! The HD radio sound amazing. Some people have trouble with the cue but I think it is kinda cool and I like it. I did NOT care much for the turbo engine you really have to flog it to keep the turbo spooled up. I was unimpressed with standing starts. I would much rather have the 3.6. My car is under warranty until august or I would probably have already bought an ats. But now that I have seen the new cts I think I will wait to drive one of those. All in all the ATS is an awesome car and it will be a tough decision between the new cts and an ATS premium.