Certified Benz and Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2015 Cadillac CTS-V

Safety Comparison

Both the Corvette and the CTS-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 30,000 miles longer than Cadillac covers the CTS-V. 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-V 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 Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 94 more horsepower (650 vs. 556) and 99 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 551) than the CTS-V’s 6.2 supercharged V8.

As tested in Road & Track the Chevrolet Corvette V8 is faster than the Cadillac CTS-V (manual transmissions tested):

Corvette

CTS-V

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.8 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.2 sec

12.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

117 MPH

114.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Corvette gets better fuel mileage than the CTS-V:

Corvette

CTS-V

6.2 V8 (455 HP)/7-spd Manual

17 city/29 hwy

14 city/19 hwy

6.2 V8/Manual

6.2 V8 (455 HP)/8-spdAuto

16 city/29 hwy

12 city/18 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Corvette uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The CTS-V requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette 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 CTS-V doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Corvette Z06’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CTS-V:

Corvette Z06

CTS-V

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

14.7 inches

The Corvette Z06 offers optional 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-V doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the CTS-V:

Corvette

CTS-V

80 to 0 MPH

184 feet

205 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

159 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

191 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Corvette Z06’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CTS-V (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:255/40R19 & R:285/35R19).

The Corvette Z06’s 285/30R19 front and 335/25R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series front and 25 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CTS-V’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette offers optional 20-inch rear wheels. The CTS-V’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Corvette has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CTS-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Corvette is 1.1 inches wider in the front than on the CTS-V.

The Corvette Stingray Coupe handles at 1.08 G’s, while the CTS-V Coupe pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 pounds less than the Cadillac CTS-V.

The Corvette is 11.6 inches shorter than the CTS-V, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Corvette is 7.4 inches shorter in height than the CTS-V, making the Corvette much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Corvette Stingray Coupe is quieter than the CTS-V Coupe (69 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Corvette has 1 inch more front headroom and .6 inches more front legroom than the CTS-V.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the CTS-V Coupe (15 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Corvette offers an optional 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-V doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Corvette has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

When the Corvette with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The CTS-V’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Corvette 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-V has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Standard Chevrolet MyLink for the Corvette allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The CTS-V doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Corvette owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Corvette will cost $2310 to $3460 less than the CTS-V over a five-year period.

The Corvette will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Corvette will retain 50.94% to 52.8% of its original price after five years, while the CTS-V only retains 48.43%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Corvette will be $10438 to $16393 less than for the Cadillac CTS-V.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 11 of the last 17 years. The CTS-V hasn’t been picked since 2012.

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The CTS-V has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The CTS has never been chosen.

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