Kemna Cadillac Compares 2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan VS 2017 Chrysler 300 Near Algona, IA

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2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan

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2017 Chrysler 300

Safety Comparison

The ATS Sedan V6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The 300 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the Cadillac ATS Sedan’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Chrysler 300 doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

Both the ATS Sedan and 300 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The ATS Sedan has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The 300’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The ATS Sedan V6 offers optional Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 300 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the ATS Sedan and the 300 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure 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 Cadillac ATS Sedan is safer than the Chrysler 300:

 

ATS Sedan

300

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

26%

31%

Neck Stress

163 lbs.

280 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

202/615 lbs.

617/568 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.9 inches

Neck Injury Risk

28%

33%

Neck Stress

107 lbs.

143 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

3/37 lbs.

504/415 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 Cadillac ATS Sedan is safer than the Chrysler 300:

 

ATS Sedan

300

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

116

236

Chest Movement

1.1 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

210 G’s

315 G’s

Hip Force

325 lbs.

433 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

HIC

232

302

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

776 lbs.

910 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The ATS Sedan comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The 300’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the ATS Sedan 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Chrysler covers the 300. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the 300 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The ATS Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the 300’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the ATS Sedan for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Cadillac will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chrysler doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 300.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the ATS Sedan have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the 300.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 16th in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 19th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 15th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 22nd.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Cadillac ATS Sedan turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Chrysler 300 V6:

 

ATS Sedan

300

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99 MPH

96 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the ATS Sedan AWD V6 gets better city fuel mileage than the 300 AWD with its standard V6 (19 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/27 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the ATS Sedan Auto’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The 300 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The ATS Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the 300 are solid, not vented.

The ATS Sedan stops much shorter than the 300:

 

ATS Sedan

300

 

80 to 0 MPH

205 feet

231 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

129 feet

Road and Track

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The ATS Sedan’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 300 Limited/300C’s standard 60 series tires. The ATS Sedan’s optional 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the 300S/300C Platinum’s 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The ATS Sedan offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The 300’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The ATS Sedan handles at .94 G’s, while the 300 pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The ATS Sedan goes through Road and Track’s slalom 6.1 MPH faster than the 300S (68.7 vs. 62.6 MPH).

The ATS Sedan AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the 300 (25.8 seconds vs. 27.2 seconds).

For better maneuverability, the ATS Sedan FE3’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the 300’s (36 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The ATS Sedan AWD’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the 300’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Cadillac ATS Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 750 pounds less than the Chrysler 300.

The ATS Sedan is 1 foot, 3.8 inches shorter than the 300, making the ATS Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the ATS Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 300 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the ATS Sedan AWD is quieter than the 300S:

 

ATS Sedan

300

At idle

39 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

69 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the ATS Sedan easier. The ATS Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 28 inches, while the 300’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The ATS Sedan V6 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The 300 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The ATS Sedan’s front and rear power windows all lower 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 300’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The ATS Sedan offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The 300 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the ATS Sedan is less expensive to operate than the 300 because typical repairs cost much less on the ATS Sedan than the 300, including $21 less for front brake pads, $244 less for a timing belt/chain and $731 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the ATS as the 2013 North American Car of the Year. The 300 was Car of the Year in 2005.

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