2019 Chrysler 300 vs. 2019 Genesis G80

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Compared to metal, the 300’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Genesis G80 has a metal gas tank.

Both the 300 and the G80 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Chrysler 300 is safer than the Genesis G80:

 

300

G80

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

350 lbs.

394 lbs.

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

Warranty

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

Engine

The 300’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 383) than the G80 5.0’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chrysler 300 V8 is faster than the G80 3.8:

 

300

G80

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.1 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.6 MPH

95.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 300 gets better fuel mileage than the G80:

 

 

300

G80

RWD

V6/Auto

19 city/30 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

 

V8/Auto

16 city/25 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

AWD

V6/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the 300 V8’s fuel efficiency. The G80 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 G80 3.3T Sport 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 G80 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The 300 stops shorter than the G80:

 

300

G80

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 300S/300C/Limited has standard 20-inch wheels. The G80’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 G80 doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 300’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the G80 (120.2 inches vs. 118.5 inches).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the 300S is quieter than the G80 5.0 (69 vs. 70 dB).

Passenger Space

The 300 has .5 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 5.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the G80.

Cargo Capacity

The 300 has a larger trunk than the G80 (16.3 vs. 15.3 cubic feet).

The 300’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G80 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Towing

The 300 has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The G80 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

On a hot day the 300’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the G80 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 G80 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Optional air conditioned seats in the 300 (except Touring/Touring L) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The G80 only offers an air-conditioned driver’s seat.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 300 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 300 will cost $930 to $7300 less than the G80 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chrysler 300 will be $8286 to $18835 less than for the Genesis G80.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Chrysler 300 and the Genesis G80, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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 G80 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Genesis G80 by over six to one during 2018.

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