North Georgia Ford Compares 2016 Ford Mustang VS 2016 Cadillac ATS Near Goodyear, AZ

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2016 Ford Mustang

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2016 Cadillac ATS

Safety Comparison

Both the Mustang 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, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors 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 Ford Mustang is safer than the Cadillac ATS Coupe:


ATS Coupe



5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

132 lbs.

163 lbs.



5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Compression

76 lbs.

116 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The ATS Coupe doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Mustang’s reliability will be 72% better than the ATS Coupe.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang has more powerful engines than the ATS Coupe:



Mustang 3.7 DOHC V6

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Mustang ECOBoost 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

320 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

435 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

ATS Coupe 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

272 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

ATS Coupe 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

285 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Mustang ECOBoost Manual 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the ATS Coupe RWD Manual turbo 4 cyl. (22 city/31 hwy vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

The Mustang has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The ATS Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Mustang GT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ATS Coupe:

Mustang GT

ATS Coupe

Front Rotors

15 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

The Mustang stops shorter than the ATS Coupe:


ATS Coupe

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

157 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the ATS Coupe (235/55R17 vs. 225/40R18). The Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ATS Coupe (265/35R20 vs. 225/40R18).

The Mustang’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the ATS Coupe’s 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang offers optional 20-inch wheels. The ATS Coupe’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Mustang offers an optional 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 Coupe, 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 Comparison

The Mustang’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The ATS Coupe doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 2 inches wider in the front and 3.2 inches wider in the rear than on the ATS Coupe.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback handles at .98 G’s, while the ATS Coupe pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has 2.2 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.9 inches more rear hip room and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the ATS Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the ATS Coupe (13.5 vs. 10.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The ATS Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the Mustang’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the ATS Coupe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Mustang’s standard 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 Coupe’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Mustang Premium 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 Comparison

The Mustang will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Mustang will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the ATS Coupe.


ATS Coupe

Five Year

36% to 47%

30% to 31%

Three Year

49% to 64%

47% to 48%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Mustang will be $3918 to $13143 less than for the Cadillac ATS Coupe.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Mustang has won recognition from these important consumer publications:


ATS Coupe

Kiplinger’s Award




A “Best Value in Class”

no award

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The ATS Coupe isn’t in the top three.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The ATS Coupe has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 3 of the last 21 years. The ATS Coupe has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Mustang outsold the Cadillac ATS by almost five to one during the 2015 model year.

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