2020 Chrysler 300 vs. 2020 Lexus GS Series

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Safety

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Both the 300 and the GS Series 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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There are almost 10 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 300’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the 300 has a standard 730-amp battery. The GS Series’ 580-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the 300 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the 300’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The GS Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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

Engine

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The 300’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 52 more horsepower (363 vs. 311) and 114 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 280) than the GS Series’ 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 300 RWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the GS 350 RWD 8-speed Auto (19 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the 300 V8’s fuel efficiency. The GS Series 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 GS Series requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The 300 has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the GS Series (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 GS Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The 300 stops shorter than the GS Series:

300

GS Series

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 300’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GS Series (245/45R20 vs. 235/40R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 300 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The GS Series’ 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 GS Series 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 7.8 inches longer than on the GS Series (120 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 300 is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the GS Series.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the 300S is quieter than the GS 350 (39 vs. 40 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 GS Series is rated a Mid-size.

The 300 has 7.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GS Series (106.3 vs. 99).

The 300 has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom, 2 inches more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the GS Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The 300’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The GS Series 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 GS Series has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The 300 has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The GS Series doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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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 GS Series’ 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 GS Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chrysler 300 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The GS Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 $1450 to $5470 less than the GS Series over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 300 is less expensive to operate than the GS Series because it costs $28 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 300 than the GS Series, including $240 less for a water pump, $630 less for a starter, $517 less for fuel injection, $40 less for a fuel pump, $1075 less for a timing belt/chain and $445 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 $8324 to $16396 less than for the Lexus GS Series.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Chrysler 300 and the Lexus GS Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Lexus GS Series by almost 9 to one during 2019.

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