2019 Chrysler 300 vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

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 Continental doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 300 and the Continental 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, plastic fuel tanks, 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chrysler 300 is safer than the Lincoln Continental:

 

300

Continental

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

134

322

Hip Force

350 lbs.

560 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

HIC

302

369

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

47 G’s

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

Warranty

There are almost 3 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 300’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the 300 has a standard 730-amp battery. The Continental’s 650-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Chrysler 300 V8 is faster than the Lincoln Continental 3.0 twin turbo V6:

 

300

Continental

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.4 MPH

99.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

300

Continental

2WD

V6/Auto

19 city/30 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

AWD

V6/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

16 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 Continental 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 Continental requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

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 Continental.

Brakes and Stopping

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 Continental are solid, not vented.

The 300 stops shorter than the Continental:

 

300

Continental

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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 Continental doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 300’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the Continental (120.2 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

The 300’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the 300 more stable handling and braking.

The 300S handles at .85 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the 300’s turning circle is 3.1 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The Chrysler 300 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 200 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

Passenger Space

The 300 has .3 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the 300 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Continental. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The 300 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Continental doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Continental doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 Continental’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 300 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 300 will cost $745 to $6875 less than the Continental over a five-year period.

The 300 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 300 will retain 40.97% to 42.9% of its original price after five years, while the Continental only retains 38.61% to 40.36%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 300 is less expensive to operate than the Continental because it costs $270 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 300 than the Continental, including $129 less for a water pump, $1 less for front brake pads, $23 less for a starter, $80 less for fuel injection, $388 less for a timing belt/chain and $208 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chrysler 300 will be $13891 to $21749 less than for the Lincoln Continental.

Recommendations

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

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Lincoln Continental by over five to one during 2018.

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