2019 Cadillac ATS vs. 2019 Lexus IS


The latest Cadillac ATS and Lexus IS are two head-turning vehicles with sleek styling you’ll love. But it takes much more than surface appeal to really impress motorists. Compare these 2019 vehicles side-by-side, and you’ll soon discover the best choice for your money.


Between the two vehicles, some may think that the 2019 Lexus IS has the sportiest looks, but you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The 2019 Cadillac ATS is a joy to drive, whether you choose the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 motor, which generates 272 horsepower, or the heavyweight 3.6-liter V6, which delivers 335 horsepower. All that power is no problem as the Cadillac is sure-footed even around the tightest corners.

In contrast, the 2019 Lexus IS feels lacking. While it handles well, it needs more muscle under the hood to really impress. Although the 2.0-liter turbo-4 was reprogrammed for the 2019 model, its 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque don’t improve on last year’s results. The all-wheel-drive version has a 3.5-liter V-6, but its 260 horsepower seems a little light compared to the Cadillac’s powerful V-6.

Luxury & Convenience

Cars rarely have tech features as sophisticated as the ones on offer in the ATS. Its intuitive 8.0-inch infotainment unit features a superior Bose sound system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Lexus IS’s infotainment system isn’t as user-friendly, and it requires a mouse-like controller for most functions. Also, it’s not compatible with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, as cars like the IS usually are, which will no doubt lead to some frustration.

The synthetic leather seats in the base Cadillac ATS are durable and comfy, and leather is an optional extra if you prefer the genuine article. The front seats are soft and very adjustable, so you can easily find the most comfortable position. The Lexus IS has much firmer seats, and leather isn’t an option here. While Lexus’ NuLuxe synthetic is an impressive substitute, leather lovers may still be disappointed. The hefty bolsters in the optional F Sport trim add strength, but they can also feel uncomfortable for large motorists and passengers.


Cadillac and Lexus both offer a basic warranty of 48 months or 50,000 miles, but look at the fine print and you’ll see that Cadillac is a little more generous with the specifics. Both vehicles come with a 12-month maintenance warranty, but Cadillac doesn’t cap the number of miles you can travel during that period. In contrast, you’ll only receive your full year’s maintenance coverage with the Lexus if you travel 10,000 miles or fewer within that period.

Cadillac also offers more generous roadside assistance. Its customers enjoy coverage for 72 months, which is two years longer than the coverage provided to 2019 Lexus IS owners. Granted, Lexus doesn’t cap the distance during the roadside assistance coverage period, but

Cadillac’s cap of 70,000 miles should be enough for most motorists.

While the 2019 Lexus IS is an impressive vehicle, it can’t compare to the 2019 Cadillac ATS. If you’re in the market for a new car, this Cadillac ATS makes an excellent option. If you are interested in getting the 2019 Cadillac ATS, stop by Hennessy Cadillac for a test drive.

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