2019 Cadillac ATS-V vs. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The ATS-V’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-V has standard 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-V 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 collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The ATS-V 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-V 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-V’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 ATS-V has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Camaro.

Engine

The ATS-V’s 3.6 turbo V6 produces 189 more horsepower (464 vs. 275) and 150 lbs.-ft. more torque (445 vs. 295) than the Camaro’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The ATS-V’s 3.6 turbo V6 produces 129 more horsepower (464 vs. 335) and 161 lbs.-ft. more torque (445 vs. 284) than the Camaro’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The ATS-V’s 3.6 turbo V6 produces 9 more horsepower (464 vs. 455) than the Camaro LT1/SS’ standard 6.2 V8.

As tested in Road and Track the Cadillac ATS-V is faster than the Chevrolet Camaro (manual transmissions tested):

ATS-V

Camaro turbo 4 cyl.

Camaro V6

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.5 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

14.2 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.7 MPH

95.9 MPH

102.7 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac ATS-V is faster than the Chevrolet Camaro V6 (automatics tested):

ATS-V

Camaro

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.9 MPH

102.9 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the ATS-V’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Camaro:

ATS-V

Camaro

Front Rotors

14.5 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.3 inches

12.4 inches

The ATS-V’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-V stops much shorter than the Camaro:

ATS-V

Camaro

80 to 0 MPH

194 feet

206 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the ATS-V has larger tires than the Camaro (F:255/35R18 & R:275/35R18 vs. 245/50R18).

The ATS-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camaro’s standard 50 series tires.

Chassis

The ATS-V is 3.6 inches shorter than the Camaro, making the ATS-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

The ATS-V 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.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the ATS-V is quieter than the Camaro SS Coupe:

ATS-V

Camaro

At idle

50 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

84 dB

94 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space

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

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

The ATS-V’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.

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-V’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Camaro, and is not available on all models.

The ATS-V’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower both of them with the lock engaged. Chevrolet does not offer a locking feature on the Camaro’s standard power windows.

The ATS-V 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-V’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-V 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-V 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-V’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-V 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-V has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer rear vents.

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

The ATS-V 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.

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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