2018 Chrysler 300 vs. 2017 Volkswagen CC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 300 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 CC doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Active Braking optional in the 300 as “Superior.” The CC scores zero, and is rated by the IIHS as having no effective frontal crash prevention.

The 300 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The CC doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The 300 (except Touring)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The CC doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the 300 (except Touring)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The CC doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the 300 and the CC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The Chrysler 300 weighs 644 to 1011 pounds more than the Volkswagen CC. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chrysler 300 is safer than the CC:

 

300

CC

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

216

502

Chest forces

37 g’s

49 g’s

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

433

472

Chest forces

35 g’s

46 g’s

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results. Not comparable with post-2010 results.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 38.5 MPH side impact tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the 300 is safer than the CC:

 

300

CC

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Criteria

138

212

Thoracic Trauma

41

43

Pelvis Deceleration

42 G’s

61 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Criteria

140

360

Thoracic Trauma

42

67

Pelvis Deceleration

34 G’s

59 G’s

More stars indicate a better chance of avoiding serious injuries. Lower numbers indicate better actual numeric test results. This test not comparable with those after 2010.

Warranty

There are almost 4 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 300’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 300 has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - 300 optional). The CC’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the 300 has a standard 730-amp battery. The CC’s 570-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the 300 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the 300’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The CC’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chrysler vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chrysler 22nd in reliability. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

Engine

The 300’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 92 more horsepower (292 vs. 200) and 53 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 207) than the CC’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The 300S’ standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 100 more horsepower (300 vs. 200) and 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (264 vs. 207) than the CC’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The 300’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 163 more horsepower (363 vs. 200) and 187 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 207) than the CC’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chrysler 300 V6 is faster than the Volkswagen CC:

 

300

CC

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.8 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the 300 V8’s fuel efficiency. The CC doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chrysler 300 uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The CC requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The 300 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 CC doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Chrysler 300, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the CC.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 300’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CC:

 

300

300 V8/AWD

CC

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

11.1 inches

The 300 V8/AWD’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CC are solid, not vented.

The 300 stops much shorter than the CC:

 

300

CC

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the 300S/300C/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CC (245/45R20 vs. 235/45R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 300S/300C/Limited has standard 20-inch wheels. The CC’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The 300 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CC’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 300’s wheelbase is 13.5 inches longer than on the CC (120.2 inches vs. 106.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 300 is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the CC.

The 300’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the CC’s (59% to 41%). This gives the 300 more stable handling and braking.

The 300S handles at .83 G’s, while the CC 2.0T Sport pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 300S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CC 4Motion (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the 300S is quieter than the CC 2.0T Sport (39 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the 300 is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the CC is rated a Compact.

The 300 has 12.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CC (106.3 vs. 93.6).

The 300 has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CC.

Cargo Capacity

The 300 has a much larger trunk than the CC (16.3 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the 300 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the CC. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The 300 offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The CC doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The 300 (except Base)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The CC doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

On a hot day the 300’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the CC can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the 300 Limited/S/C detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The CC doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the 300 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The CC’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The 300 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 CC has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the 300 and the CC offer available heated front seats. The 300 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CC.

On extremely cold Winter days, the 300’s optional (except Limited) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The CC doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

With standard voice command, the 300 offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The CC doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 300 third among large cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The CC isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Volkswagen CC by over seven to one during the 2016 model year.

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