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2014 Cadillac ATS vs. 2014 Cadillac CTS Review

Comparison Review


Introduction
Both the ATS and CTS are part and parcel of Cadillac's attempts to reach younger buyers. The pair of sport/luxury cars (we'll limit this comparison to the sedan models of each) both feature edgy styling, powerful engines, and sporty intent, albeit at different size and price points. The compact ATS is the smaller of the two, and has the lower starting price of $32,667. The redesigned for 2014 CTS is longer and leaner to further differentiate it from the ATS, and starts at $44,672.

Performance/Fuel Economy
The ATS' has three engine options, two of which are shared with the larger CTS. The 202-hp, 2.5-L four-cylinder base engine is exclusive to the ATS, while its 272-hp, turbocharged 2.0-L four-cylinder and 321-hp, 3.6-L V-6 can also be found in the CTS. Upping the ante considerably is the top trim of the CTS, called the V-Sport which gets Cadillac's first twin-turbocharged motor, a 3.6-L V-6 that produces 420-hp. The CTS' refinements in 2014 also brought a suspension/chassis overhaul that makes it more spirited and sharper in the twisties. We give the top-end performance edge to the CTS, but with the smaller engines the lighter ATS is a bit nimbler. Fuel economy figures are very close, thanks to the CTS shedding weight in its redesign.

Interior/Luxury Features
It's hard to compare these two on features without factoring in their difference in price, which is substantial. Both offer leatherette seating surfaces, 5.7-inch information screens, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth phone calling. The CTS adds Bluetooth audio streaming, adaptive remote start, Cadillac User Experience with capacitive touch buttons, seat memory, and universal home remote, a significant amount of features. Add those features to the ATS with the 2.0-L engine and its sticker price ends up close to the CTS, without the added interior room and cargo space.  From a straight dollar perspective, the ATS wins handily, but the CTS takes the cake on models with more equipment.

Safety
Safety is a tie; both cars got full five-star overall crash test ratings from the NHTSA for their performance in testing.

Conclusion
Comparing these two is a bit like comparing apples and oranges, given their differences in starting price and size. However on the whole, we prefer the CTS and its more forward looking design and features. That being said, the ATS is still a great option and a legitimate contender to the BMW 3-Series, and easier on the wallet.

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2014 Cadillac
ATS

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MSRP*: $33,065 - $48,195
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CTS

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MSRP*: $45,100 - $69,070
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Cash Back Rebate: Up to $750 Up to $750
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 18 - 22 16 - 20
Highway MPG: 26 - 33 24 - 30
Engine(s): Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $31,246 - $45,062 $42,620 - $64,580

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