Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2014 Cadillac CTS Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro

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2014 Cadillac CTS

Safety Comparison

Both the Camaro and the CTS Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 30,000 miles longer than Cadillac covers the CTS Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CTS Coupe ends after only 70,000 miles.

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro first among midsize sporty cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The CTS Coupe was rated third in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 13th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

The Camaro LS/LT’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 5 more horsepower (323 vs. 318) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 275) than the CTS Coupe’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Camaro SS Automatic’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 82 more horsepower (400 vs. 318) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (410 vs. 275) than the CTS Coupe’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Camaro SS Manual’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 108 more horsepower (426 vs. 318) and 145 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 275) than the CTS Coupe’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Camaro Z/28’s standard 7.0 LS7 V8 produces 187 more horsepower (505 vs. 318) and 206 lbs.-ft. more torque (481 vs. 275) than the CTS Coupe’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Camaro ZL1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 262 more horsepower (580 vs. 318) and 281 lbs.-ft. more torque (556 vs. 275) than the CTS Coupe’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Camaro LS/LT 2LS Auto gets better fuel mileage than the CTS Coupe RWD (19 city/30 hwy vs. 18 city/27 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro SS Automatic’s fuel efficiency. The CTS Coupe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Camaro has a gallon more fuel capacity than the CTS Coupe (19 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Camaro’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CTS Coupe:

Camaro LS/LT

Camaro Z/28

CTS Coupe

CTS Coupe opt.

Front Rotors

12.64 inches

15.5 inches

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

15.3 inches

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

The Camaro Z/28 has standard heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The CTS Coupe doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Camaro stops shorter than the CTS Coupe:

Camaro

CTS Coupe

70 to 0 MPH

150 feet

156 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the CTS Coupe (245/55R18 vs. 235/50R18). The Camaro Z/28’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CTS Coupe (305/30R19 vs. 245/45R19).

The Camaro’s standard 245/45R20 front and 275/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CTS Coupe’s standard 50 series front and 45 series rear tires. The Camaro Z/28’s tires have a lower 30 series profile than the CTS Coupe’s optional 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 21-inch wheels. The CTS Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Camaro has a standard space-saver spare (not available on SS/Z28/ZL1) so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the CTS Coupe, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Camaro offers an available 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 CTS Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CTS Coupe.

The Camaro Z/28 handles at 1.06 G’s, while the CTS Coupe pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Camaro Coupe is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the CTS Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro has 6.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CTS Coupe (93 vs. 86.6).

The Camaro Coupe has .5 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear headroom than the CTS Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Camaro Coupe has a larger trunk than the CTS Coupe (11.3 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Camaro (except LS) offers an available heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The CTS Coupe doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camaro offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CTS Coupe has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Standard Chevrolet MyLink for the Camaro LT/SS/ZL1 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The CTS Coupe doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Camaro with a number “3” insurance rate while the CTS Coupe is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the CTS Coupe because typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the CTS Coupe, including $33 less for an alternator, $76 less for a starter, $54 less for fuel injection, $291 less for a fuel pump, $157 less for front struts, $158 less for a timing belt/chain and $654 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Camaro ZL1 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The CTS has never been an “All Star.”

The Camaro ZL1 was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The CTS has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Cadillac CTS by over two to one during 2013.

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