2019 Chrysler 300 vs. 2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 300 and the E-Class Sedan 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chrysler 300 is safer than the Mercedes E-Class Sedan:

 

300

E-Class Sedan

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

134

215

Hip Force

350 lbs.

594 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

302

326

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

Warranty

Chrysler’s powertrain warranty covers the 300 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the E-Class 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 E-Class Sedan 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

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 300’s reliability 21 points higher than the E-Class Sedan.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 300 third among large cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The E-Class Sedan 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 E 53 Sedan’s optional 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the 300S V6 is faster than the E 300 Sedan:

 

300

E-Class

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.1 MPH

92.4 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 E-Class 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 E-Class Sedan requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The 300 has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the E-Class Sedan 300’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 17.4 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 E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The 300 stops shorter than the E-Class Sedan:

 

300

E-Class Sedan

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

The 300 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the E-Class Sedan; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the E-Class Sedan don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

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

The 300’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the E-Class Sedan’s (54.2% to 45.8%). This gives the 300 more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the 300 a Large car, while the E-Class Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The 300 has 8.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the E-Class Sedan (106.3 vs. 98).

The 300 has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The 300 has a much larger trunk than the E-Class Sedan (16.3 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

Both the 300 and the E-Class Sedan 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 E-Class Sedan.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 300 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 300 will cost $1330 to $5600 less than the E-Class Sedan 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 E-Class Sedan only retains 38.57% to 39.14%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chrysler 300 will be $21985 to $31759 less than for the Mercedes E-Class Sedan.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Chrysler 300, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mercedes E-Class Sedan isn't recommended.

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 E-Class Sedan isn’t in the top three.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Mercedes E-Class by 1114 units during 2018.

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