Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Taurus VS 2018 Cadillac ATS Near Cleveland, GA

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2018 Ford Taurus

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2018 Cadillac ATS

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Taurus 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 Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional 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 Taurus 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors 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 Ford Taurus is safer than the Cadillac ATS Sedan:



ATS Sedan




5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Compression

13 lbs.

26 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

202/615 lbs.




5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Compression

.5 inches

.5 inches

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

116 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Taurus is safer than the Cadillac ATS Sedan:



ATS Sedan


Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Abdominal Force

173 G’s

210 G’s


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

64 G’s


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

743 lbs.

776 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Taurus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Taurus has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The ATS Sedan doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 3 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine Comparison

The Taurus’ standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 16 more horsepower (288 vs. 272) than the ATS Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Taurus SHO’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 30 more horsepower (365 vs. 335) and 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 285) than the ATS Sedan’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Taurus SHO 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the Cadillac ATS Sedan turbo 4 cyl.:



ATS Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.8 sec

16.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.7 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Taurus has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the ATS Sedan (19 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Taurus 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 ATS Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



ATS Sedan

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Taurus has larger standard tires than the ATS Sedan (235/60R17 vs. 225/45R17). The Taurus Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ATS Sedan (255/45R19 vs. 225/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Taurus offers optional 20-inch wheels. The ATS Sedan’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Taurus has a standard 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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Taurus SHO’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The ATS Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Taurus’ wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the ATS Sedan (112.9 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 5.8 inches wider in the front and 4.6 inches wider in the rear than on the ATS Sedan.

The Taurus SHO handles at .86 G’s, while the ATS Sedan pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Road and Track while under full throttle, the interior of the Taurus SHO is quieter than the ATS Sedan (74 vs. 75 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Taurus is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the ATS Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Taurus has 11.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ATS Sedan (102.2 vs. 90.9).

The Taurus has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, 3.3 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom, 3.5 inches more rear hip room and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the ATS Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the ATS Sedan (20.1 vs. 10.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

On a hot day the Taurus’ driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the ATS Sedan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Taurus’ exterior PIN entry system. The ATS Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the Taurus Limited/SHO to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The ATS Sedan doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Both the Taurus and the ATS Sedan offer available heated front seats. The Taurus Limited/SHO also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the ATS Sedan.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Taurus Limited/SHO 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.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The ATS Sedan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Taurus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Taurus will cost $1170 less than the ATS Sedan over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Taurus is less expensive to operate than the ATS Sedan because it costs $270 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Taurus than the ATS Sedan, including $454 less for an alternator, $43 less for front brake pads, $180 less for a starter, $201 less for fuel injection, $64 less for a fuel pump and $280 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Taurus will be $2570 to $7042 less than for the Cadillac ATS Sedan.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Taurus outsold the Cadillac ATS by almost three to one during the 2017 model year.

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