2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe vs. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The ATS Coupe V6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Camaro doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The ATS Coupe V6 offers optional Front Automatic Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Camaro offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The ATS Coupe V6 offers optional Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Camaro doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The ATS Coupe offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Camaro doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The ATS Coupe’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Camaro doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The ATS Coupe offers optional Ultrasonic Parking Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Camaro doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the ATS Coupe and the Camaro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Cadillac ATS Coupe is safer than the Chevrolet Camaro:

ATS Coupe

Camaro

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The ATS Coupe comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Camaro’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the ATS Coupe 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Camaro. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Camaro ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The ATS Coupe’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Camaro runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the ATS Coupe have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Camaro.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the ATS Coupe’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Camaro doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Cadillac ATS Coupe higher (5 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Camaro (1 to 5). This means the ATS Coupe produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Camaro every 15,000 miles.

Transmission and Drivetrain

The Cadillac ATS Coupe comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Camaro.

All wheel drive, available in the ATS Coupe, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Chevrolet Camaro is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

The ATS Coupe’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Camaro LS/LT are solid, not vented.

The ATS Coupe stops much shorter than the Camaro:

ATS Coupe

Camaro

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the ATS Coupe has larger rear tires than the Camaro (255/35R18 vs. 245/50R18).

The ATS Coupe’s 225/40R18 front and 255/35R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camaro’s standard 50 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the ATS Coupe can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the Camaro.

Suspension and Handling

The ATS Coupe handles at .94 G’s, while the Camaro RS Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the ATS Coupe FE3’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (36 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The ATS Coupe AWD’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Camaro ZL1’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The ATS Coupe is 4.7 inches shorter than the Camaro, making the ATS Coupe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the ATS Coupe has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The ATS Coupe uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Camaro doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The ATS Coupe has .1 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The ATS Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (10.4 vs. 9.1 cubic feet).

The ATS Coupe’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camaro Convertible/ZL1 1LE doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

The ATS Coupe’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Camaro Coupe’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Towing

The ATS Coupe V6 offers up to a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Camaro has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 35% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Ergonomics

The ATS Coupe offers an optional locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Camaro doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The ATS Coupe’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camaro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the ATS Coupe detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Camaro doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the ATS Coupe offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Camaro doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The ATS Coupe’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Camaro.

The ATS Coupe has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The ATS Coupe has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Camaro.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the ATS Coupe has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the ATS Coupe V6 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Camaro doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Cadillac ATS has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Only the Camaro ZL1 offers wireless charging.

The ATS Coupe offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Camaro doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the ATS Coupe is less expensive to operate than the Camaro because it costs $73 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the ATS Coupe than the Camaro, including $34 less for front brake pads, $48 less for a fuel pump and $54 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the ATS as the 2013 North American Car of the Year. The Camaro has never been chosen.

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