2019 Chrysler 300 vs. 2019 BMW 3 Series Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 300 and the 3 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Chrysler’s powertrain warranty covers the 300 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 3 Series Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 3 Series Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 300’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 300 third among large cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The 3 Series Sedan isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The 300’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 369) than the M340i’s optional 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

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 3 Series Sedan 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 3 Series Sedan requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The 300 has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Sedan (18.5 vs. 15.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the 300S/300C/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 3 Series Sedan (245/45R20 vs. 225/35R20).

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the 300 can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 300’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the 3 Series Sedan (120.2 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 300 is 1.1 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than on the 3 Series Sedan.

Passenger Space

The 300 has 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 4.9 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the 3 Series Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The 300 has a much larger trunk than the 3 Series (16.3 vs. 13 cubic feet).

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 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 300 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Chrysler 300, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the BMW 3 Series by 2015 units during 2018.

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