2020 Lexus LC Series vs. 2019 Cadillac ATS Coupe

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Lexus LC Series 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 Coupe doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The LC Series has standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The ATS Coupe 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 LC Series’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The ATS Coupe doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the LC Series and the ATS Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

The Lexus LC Series weighs 587 to 1017 pounds more than the Cadillac ATS Coupe. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

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

Engine

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The LC 500h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 82 more horsepower (354 vs. 272) than the ATS Coupe’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The LC 500h’s 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 19 more horsepower (354 vs. 335) than the ATS Coupe’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The LC 500’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 136 more horsepower (471 vs. 335) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (398 vs. 285) than the ATS Coupe’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the LC 500h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid is faster than the Cadillac ATS Coupe turbo 4 cyl.:

LC Series

ATS Coupe

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.8 sec

9.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.1 sec

14.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.8 sec

2.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.3 MPH

98.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the LC 500h Auto gets better fuel mileage than the ATS Coupe RWD (27 city/35 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the LC Series Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The ATS Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The LC Series’ standard fuel tank has 5.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the ATS Coupe (21.7 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The LC Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 6.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the ATS Coupe (22.2 vs. 16 gallons).

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Lexus LC Series, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the ATS Coupe.

The LC 500h has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The ATS Coupe doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the LC Series’ brake rotors are larger than those on the ATS Coupe:

LC Series

ATS Coupe

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

14.1 inches

12.4 inches

The LC Series stops shorter than the ATS Coupe:

LC Series

ATS Coupe

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

157 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

114 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the LC Series has larger tires than the ATS Coupe (F:245/45R20 & R:275/40R20 vs. F:225/40R18 & R:255/35R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LC Series has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the ATS Coupe. The LC Series offers optional 21-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the LC Series’ wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer than on the ATS Coupe (113 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the LC Series is 3.9 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than on the ATS Coupe.

The LC 500 handles at .93 G’s, while the ATS Coupe pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The LC 500 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the ATS Coupe (24.6 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 25.6 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the LC Series’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the ATS Coupe FE3’s (35.4 feet vs. 36 feet). The LC Series’ turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the ATS Coupe AWD’s (35.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Cargo Capacity

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With its coupe body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the LC Series offers cargo security. The ATS Coupe’s non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Cadillac. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 1% lower rating, Cadillac is ranked third.

Ergonomics

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The LC Series’ standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the ATS Coupe.

The LC Series’ power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The ATS Coupe has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The LC Series’ standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower both of them with the lock engaged. Cadillac does not offer a locking feature on the ATS Coupe’s power windows.

If the front windows are left open on the LC Series the driver can close them 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. (This window function must be activated by your Lexus service department.) The driver of the ATS Coupe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The LC Series’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The ATS Coupe’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the LC Series keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The ATS Coupe doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages

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The LC Series will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the LC Series will retain 47.59% to 47.62% of its original price after five years, while the ATS Coupe only retains 37.25% to 39.01%.

Recommendations

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The LC Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The ATS Coupe has never been an “All Star.”

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