2020 Acura TLX vs. 2020 Chrysler 300

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Safety

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The TLX V6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The 300 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The TLX V6 offers an optional Surround View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 300 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the TLX and the 300 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 blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Acura TLX is safer than the Chrysler 300:

TLX

300

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Acura TLX is safer than the 300:

TLX

300

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

23 cm

28 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.6/2.1 kN

3.7/3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

MARGINAL

POOR

Tibia index R/L

1.15/.91

1.21/.58

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 Acura TLX is safer than the Chrysler 300:

TLX

300

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

187

236

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

179 G’s

315 G’s

Hip Force

276 lbs.

433 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

14 inches

HIC

249

302

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

678 lbs.

910 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the TLX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 174 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 300 is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty

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The TLX comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 300’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the TLX 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Chrysler covers the 300. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the 300 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The TLX’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the 300 runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the TLX have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the 300.

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 TLX’s reliability 17 points higher than the 300.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Acura vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 24th in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 25th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Acura 11 places higher in reliability than Chrysler.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Acura TLX V6 is faster than the 300S 3.6 DOHC V6:

TLX

300

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.4 MPH

97.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

TLX

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

2.4 DOHC V6

23 city/32 hwy

AWD

3.5 SOHC V6

20 city/29 hwy

300

RWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/30 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/27 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the TLX SH-AWD’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The 300 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Acura TLX V6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the 300.

The TLX offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The 300 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The TLX stops shorter than the 300:

TLX

300

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the TLX has larger standard tires than the 300 (225/55R17 vs. 215/65R17).

The TLX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 300 Touring’s standard 65 series tires. The TLX A-Spec’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the 300’s optional 45 series tires.

The TLX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The 300 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The TLX handles at .83 G’s, while the 300 Limited pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The TLX V6 SH-AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 300 (26.7 seconds vs. 27.2 seconds).

Chassis

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The Acura TLX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the Chrysler 300.

The TLX is 7.9 inches shorter than the 300, making the TLX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the TLX has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The 300 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The TLX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 300 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the TLX V6 SH-AWD is quieter than the 300S:

TLX

300

At idle

39 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

69 dB

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the TLX easier. The TLX’s trunk lift-over height is 27.5 inches, while the 300’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the TLX offers cargo security. The 300’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Chrysler. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 61% lower rating, Chrysler is ranked 26th.

Ergonomics

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The TLX’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the 300, and is not available on all models.

The TLX’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 300’s parking brake has to released manually.

The TLX’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The 300’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the TLX the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 300 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The TLX’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The 300’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The TLX’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the 300’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the TLX owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the TLX will cost $270 less than the 300 over a five-year period.

The TLX will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the TLX will retain 39.92% to 41.77% of its original price after five years, while the 300 only retains 34.71% to 38.68%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the TLX is less expensive to operate than the 300 because typical repairs cost much less on the TLX than the 300, including $51 less for a water pump, $1068 less for a muffler, $58 less for front brake pads, $544 less for front struts and $334 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Acura TLX will be $1183 to $3658 less than for the Chrysler 300.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Acura TLX, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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