Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Cadillac ATS VS 2015 Chrysler 200 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Cadillac ATS

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2015 Chrysler 200

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the Cadillac ATS’ 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 200 doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

Both the ATS and 200 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The ATS 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 200’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.

Both the ATS and the 200 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, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The ATS comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The 200’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the ATS 1 year longer than Chrysler covers the 200. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the 200 ends after only 5 years.

The ATS’ corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the 200’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the ATS for 4 years and 50,000 miles. Cadillac will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chrysler doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 200.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the ATS is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the ATS’ battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The 200’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 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 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 15th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 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 14th in reliability. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

The ATS has more powerful engines than the 200:

Horsepower

Torque

ATS 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

202 HP

191 lbs.-ft.

ATS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

272 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

ATS 3.6 DOHC V6

321 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

200 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

184 HP

173 lbs.-ft.

200 3.6 DOHC V6

295 HP

262 lbs.-ft.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The ATS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the 200 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the ATS has larger standard tires than the 200 (225/45R17 vs. 215/55R17).

The ATS’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 200’s standard 55 series tires. The ATS’ optional 255/35R18 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the 200’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires optional on the ATS can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The 200 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The ATS 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 200’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the ATS’ wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the 200 (109.3 inches vs. 108 inches).

For better maneuverability, the ATS FE3’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the 200’s (36 feet vs. 39.2 feet). The ATS AWD’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the 200 AWD’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The ATS is 9.5 inches shorter than the 200, making the ATS easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The ATS has .9 inches more front headroom and .3 inches more front legroom than the 200.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the ATS’ trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The 200’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Ergonomics Comparison

The ATS’ front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its front windows also automatically close, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The 200’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The 200 Limited/S/C’s rear windows don’t open automatically.

The ATS’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chrysler only offers heated mirrors on the 200 S/C.

The ATS has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the 200.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the ATS, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the 200.

Recommendations Comparison

The Cadillac ATS has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

ATS

200

Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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Kiplinger’s Award

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A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the ATS as the 2013 North American Car of the Year. The 200 has never been chosen.

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