North Georgia Ford Compares 2018 Ford Mustang VS 2018 Cadillac ATS Near Ellijay, GA

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2018 Ford Mustang

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2018 Cadillac ATS

Safety Comparison

The Mustang Premium’s optional 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 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 3 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang’s standard 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 38 more horsepower (310 vs. 272) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 295) than the ATS Coupe’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Mustang’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 285) than the ATS Coupe’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The Mustang GT’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 125 more horsepower (460 vs. 335) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 285) than the ATS Coupe’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Mustang Manual turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the ATS Coupe RWD Manual turbo 4 cyl. (21 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

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

The Mustang Premium’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 Premium 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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than on the ATS Coupe.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Mustang (except Performance Pack) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The ATS Coupe doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang has 2.8 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 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the ATS Coupe (13.5 vs. 10.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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.

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.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Mustang outsold the Cadillac ATS by almost five to one during 2016.

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