2020 Chrysler 300 vs. 2020 Kia Stinger

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Safety

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Both the 300 and the Stinger 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 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 Stinger 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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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 29 points higher than the Stinger.

Engine

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The 300 has more powerful engines than the Stinger:

Horsepower

Torque

300 3.6 DOHC V6

292 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

300S 3.6 DOHC V6

300 HP

264 lbs.-ft.

300 5.7 V8

363 HP

394 lbs.-ft.

Stinger GT-Line 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Stinger GT 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chrysler 300 V6 is faster than the Stinger GT-Line 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder:

300

Stinger

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

4.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.8 MPH

93 MPH

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 Stinger 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 Stinger requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The 300 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Stinger (18.5 vs. 15.9 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 Stinger doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The 300 has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Stinger doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The 300 stops much shorter than the Stinger:

300

Stinger

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 300’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Stinger (245/45R20 vs. 225/40R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 300 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Stinger’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 Stinger doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 300’s wheelbase is 5.6 inches longer than on the Stinger (120 inches vs. 114.4 inches).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 300S is quieter than the Stinger GT2:

300

Stinger

At idle

39 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

80 dB

84 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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

The 300 has 12.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Stinger (106.3 vs. 93.8).

The 300 has .3 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 3.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Stinger.

Towing

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The 300 has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Stinger 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 Stinger can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The 300’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Stinger’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Stinger doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the 300 (except Limited) to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Stinger doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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 $1040 less than the Stinger 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 $5538 to $12303 less than for the Kia Stinger.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Chrysler 300, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Kia Stinger isn't recommended.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Kia Stinger by over two to one during 2019.

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