Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Acura ILX VS 2017 Cadillac ATS Near Buford, GA

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2017 Acura ILX

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2017 Acura ILX

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2017 Cadillac ATS

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Acura ILX 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.

Using vehicle speed sensors, smart airbags in the ILX deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The ILX’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The ATS Sedan’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The ILX 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.

Both the ILX 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, 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 Acura ILX is safer than the Cadillac ATS Sedan:

 

ILX

ATS Sedan

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

26%

26%

Leg Forces (l/r)

57/324 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 Acura ILX is safer than the Cadillac ATS Sedan:

 

ILX

ATS Sedan

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

143 G’s

210 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

64 G’s

64 G’s

Hip Force

699 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 ILX the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 103 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The ATS Sedan has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 15th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the ILX gets better fuel mileage than the ATS Sedan RWD Auto 2.0 Turbo (25 city/35 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The ILX offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the ATS Sedan, it requires you to depend on its 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.

Chassis Comparison

The Acura ILX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Cadillac ATS Sedan.

The ILX 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

The ILX has .4 inches more front shoulder room and .5 inches more rear legroom than the ATS Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The ILX has a much larger trunk than the ATS Sedan (12.3 vs. 10.4 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the ILX the driver can raise them all 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 ILX’s 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the ILX is less expensive to operate than the ATS Sedan because it costs $603 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the ILX than the ATS Sedan, including $30 less for a water pump, $970 less for an alternator, $59 less for front brake pads, $257 less for fuel injection and $4 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Acura ILX will be $9736 less than for the Cadillac ATS Sedan.

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