Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Nissan Maxima VS 2016 Cadillac ATS Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Nissan Maxima

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2016 Cadillac ATS

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Maxima are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Cadillac ATS Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The Maxima has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The ATS Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Maxima Platinum has a standard Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The ATS Sedan only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Maxima Platinum’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The ATS Sedan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Maxima and the ATS Sedan 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems 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 Nissan Maxima is safer than the Cadillac ATS Sedan:

Maxima

ATS Sedan

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

26%

Leg Forces (l/r)

214/398 lbs.

202/615 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, results indicate that the Nissan Maxima is safer than the Cadillac ATS Sedan:

Maxima

ATS Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

188 G’s

210 G’s

Hip Force

286 lbs.

325 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

64 G’s

Hip Force

591 lbs.

888 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Maxima its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 73 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The ATS Sedan has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 20th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 21st.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 98 more horsepower (300 vs. 202) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (261 vs. 191) than the ATS Sedan’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 28 more horsepower (300 vs. 272) than the ATS Sedan’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Maxima is faster than the Cadillac ATS Sedan:

Maxima

ATS Sedan 2.5

ATS Sedan 2.0 Turbo

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.4 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.1 sec

20 sec

16.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6 sec

7.6 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

15.6 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

90 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Maxima gets better fuel mileage than the ATS Sedan RWD V6 (22 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/30 hwy).

The Maxima has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the ATS Sedan (18 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Maxima’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the ATS Sedan:

Maxima

ATS Sedan

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the ATS Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R17). The Maxima’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ATS Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the ATS Sedan.

The Maxima has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The ATS Sedan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Maxima offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the ATS Sedan, it requires you to depend on its optional run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Maxima is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the ATS Sedan.

The Maxima 3.5 SR handles at .87 G’s, while the ATS Sedan pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Maxima SL/SR/Platinum uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The ATS Sedan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Maxima is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the ATS Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Maxima has 7.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ATS Sedan (98.6 vs. 90.9).

The Maxima has .8 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the ATS Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Maxima has a much larger trunk than the ATS Sedan (14.3 vs. 10.4 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Maxima offers cargo security. The ATS Sedan’s non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Maxima’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The ATS Sedan does not have an oil pressure gauge.

If the front windows are left down on the Maxima the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the ATS Sedan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Maxima’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The ATS Sedan’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

A manual rear sunshade is standard in the Maxima Platinum to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The ATS Sedan doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Maxima SR/Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The ATS Sedan doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

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