2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Cadillac ATS Sedan doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Cadillac ATS Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The Camry has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The ATS Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The ATS Sedan doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The ATS Sedan only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Camry and the ATS Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, 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 Toyota Camry is safer than the Cadillac ATS Sedan:

 

Camry

ATS

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

140

202

Neck Injury Risk

20%

26%

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

26 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

335

346

Neck Injury Risk

21%

28%

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

116 lbs.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Cadillac ATS Sedan:

 

Camry

ATS

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

210 G’s

Hip Force

296 lbs.

325 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

64 G’s

Hip Force

752 lbs.

888 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

164

232

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

622 lbs.

776 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The ATS Sedan was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the ATS Sedan.

There are over 36 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Camry’s reliability 50 points higher than the ATS Sedan.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Cadillac is ranked 28th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camry gets better fuel mileage than the ATS Sedan:

 

 

 

MPG

Camry

FWD

Auto

L 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/41 hwy

 

 

LE/SE/XLE/XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/39 hwy

 

 

XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/33 hwy

 

 

XSE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/32 hwy

ATS Sedan

RWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

 

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOHC V6

20 city/30 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The Camry stops shorter than the ATS Sedan:

 

Camry

ATS

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camry SE/XLE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ATS Sedan (235/45R18 vs. 225/40R18).

The Camry has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the ATS Sedan; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camry’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the ATS Sedan (111.2 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camry is 3.1 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the ATS Sedan.

The Camry SE handles at .88 G’s, while the ATS Sedan pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the ATS Sedan:

 

Camry

ATS

At idle

41 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camry a Mid-size car, while the ATS Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Camry has 9.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ATS Sedan (100.4 vs. 90.9).

The Camry has 2.4 inches more front hip room, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear legroom, 2.4 inches more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the ATS Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Camry has a much larger trunk than the ATS Sedan (15.1 vs. 10.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Camry easier. The Camry’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches, while the ATS Sedan’s liftover is 28 inches.

Ergonomics

The Camry’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The ATS Sedan’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Camry the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the ATS Sedan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Camry’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The ATS Sedan’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Camry’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the ATS Sedan’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Camry owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry will cost $30 to $2960 less than the ATS Sedan over a five-year period.

The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry will retain 35.88% to 48.63% of its original price after five years, while the ATS Sedan only retains 38.82% to 39.32%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the ATS Sedan because it costs $315 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the ATS Sedan, including $268 less for a water pump, $797 less for a muffler, $79 less for front brake pads, $139 less for a starter, $189 less for fuel injection, $97 less for a fuel pump and $18 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $14822 to $15903 less than for the Cadillac ATS Sedan.

Recommendations

The Toyota Camry has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Camry

ATS

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Toyota Camry outsold the Cadillac ATS by almost 32 to one during 2018.

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