2019 Chrysler 300 vs. 2019 Mercedes CLS

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 300 and the CLS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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.

Warranty

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

There are over 6 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Mercedes 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 CLS isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The 300’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 384) than the AMG CLS 53’s optional 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid.

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 CLS doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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 CLS doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The 300 stops shorter than the CLS:

 

300

CLS

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 300’s wheelbase is 4.5 inches longer than on the CLS (120.2 inches vs. 115.7 inches).

Passenger Space

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

The 300 has 13.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CLS (106.3 vs. 93).

The 300 has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 5.1 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the CLS.

Cargo Capacity

The 300 has a much larger trunk than the CLS (16.3 vs. 11.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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 CLS doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 300 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 300 will cost $6485 to $10640 less than the CLS 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 $47866 to $60569 less than for the Mercedes CLS.

Recommendations

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

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Mercedes CLS by over 49 to one during 2018.

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