2019 Chrysler 300 vs. 2019 Mercedes S-Class

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 300 and the S-Class 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.

Warranty

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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 S-Class requires premium, 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 S-Class doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The 300 stops much shorter than the S-Class:

 

300

S-Class

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

190 feet

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60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

119 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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 S-Class; 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 S-Class don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

The 300S handles at .83 G’s, while the S-Class pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Chrysler 300 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 650 pounds less than the Mercedes S-Class.

The 300 is 8.3 inches shorter than the S-Class, making the 300 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the 300S is quieter than the S 560 (39 vs. 40 dB).

Passenger Space

The 300 has .4 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and 6 inches more rear legroom than the S-Class.

Cargo Capacity

The 300’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The S-Class doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Towing

The 300 has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The S-Class has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 300 has standard extendable sun visors. The S-Class doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 300 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 300 will cost $6940 to $13645 less than the S-Class 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 S-Class only retains 32.06% to 35.71%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 300 is less expensive to operate than the S-Class because it costs $387 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 300 than the S-Class, including $584 less for a water pump, $9 less for front brake pads, $441 less for a starter, $217 less for fuel injection, $91 less for a fuel pump and $397 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 $60142 to $121297 less than for the Mercedes S-Class.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Chrysler 300 and the Mercedes S-Class, 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 S-Class isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Mercedes S-Class by over three to one during 2018.

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