Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2014 Cadillac CTS Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet Camaro

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2014 Cadillac CTS

Safety Comparison

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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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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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

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The CTS Coupe isn’t in the top three in its category.

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

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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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Camaro LS/LT 2LS V6 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

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

Camaro LS/LT

Camaro SS

CTS Coupe

CTS Coupe Opt.

Front Rotors

12.64 inches

14 inches

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

14.4 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.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the CTS Coupe (245/55R18 vs. 235/50R18). The Camaro SS 1LE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CTS Coupe (285/35R20 vs. 245/45R19).

The Camaro SS 1LE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall 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) 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

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 1.8 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CTS Coupe.

The Camaro SS Coupe handles at .92 G’s, while the CTS Coupe pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

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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

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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

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The Camaro LT/SS 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 Coupe doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camaro LT/SS 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 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

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Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camaro will cost $2010 less than the CTS Coupe over a five-year period.

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.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Camaro will be $1676 to $12889 less than for the Cadillac CTS Coupe.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Camaro 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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