2020 Chrysler 300 vs. 2020 Kia K900

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Safety

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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 K900 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 300 and the K900 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

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The 300’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the K900 runs out after 100,000 miles.

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

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the 300 third among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The K900 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

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The 300’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 376) than the K900’s 3.3 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the 300 V8’s fuel efficiency. The K900 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 K900 requires premium for maximum efficiency, 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 K900 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Drivetrain

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The 300 AWD has a true all-wheel drive system, which uses a four-wheel traction control system to redirect engine power to the axle and wheel that still has traction to keep the 300 moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The K900 doesn’t offer a true all-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.

Brakes and Stopping

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The 300 stops shorter than the K900:

300

K900

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 300 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The K900’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 K900 doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the 300’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the K900’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Chassis

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The Chrysler 300 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 650 pounds less than the Kia K900.

The 300 is 3 inches shorter than the K900, making the 300 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The 300 has .5 inches more front shoulder room, 3.5 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the K900.

Cargo Capacity

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The 300 has a much larger trunk than the K900 (16.3 vs. 15 cubic feet).

The 300’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The K900 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Towing

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The 300 has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The K900 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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On a hot day the 300’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the K900 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 K900 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Model Availability

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The 300 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The K900 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 300 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 300 will cost $4775 to $6105 less than the K900 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 34.71% to 38.68% of its original price after five years, while the K900 only retains 27.93%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chrysler 300 will be $24236 to $38846 less than for the Kia K900.

Recommendations

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

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Kia K900 by almost 75 to one during 2019.

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