2020 Chrysler 300 vs. 2020 Mercedes E-Class Sedan

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Safety

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Both the 300 and the E-Class Sedan 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.

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 Chrysler 300 is safer than the Mercedes E-Class Sedan:

300

E-Class Sedan

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

134

215

Hip Force

350 lbs.

594 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

302

326

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

Warranty

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

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 26 points higher than the E-Class Sedan.

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

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Chrysler vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chrysler 2 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The 300 has more powerful engines than the E-Class Sedan:

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.

E 350 Sedan 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

E 450 4MATIC Sedan 3.0 turbo V6

362 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

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 E-Class Sedan 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 E-Class Sedan requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The 300 has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the E-Class Sedan 300’s standard fuel tank (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 E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The 300 stops shorter than the E-Class Sedan:

300

E-Class Sedan

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

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 E-Class Sedan; 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 tire options on the E-Class Sedan don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 300’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the E-Class Sedan (120 inches vs. 115.7 inches).

The 300’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the E-Class Sedan’s (54.2% to 45.8%). This gives the 300 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the 300’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the E-Class Sedan’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The 300’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the E 450 4MATIC Sedan’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Passenger Space

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

The 300 has 8.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the E-Class Sedan (106.3 vs. 98).

The 300 has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

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The 300 has a much larger trunk than the E-Class Sedan (16.3 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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Both the 300 and the E-Class Sedan offer available heated front seats. The 300 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the E-Class Sedan.

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 $1330 to $3055 less than the E-Class Sedan over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 300 is less expensive to operate than the E-Class Sedan because it costs $391 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 300 than the E-Class Sedan, including $411 less for a water pump, $629 less for a starter, $297 less for fuel injection, $64 less for a fuel pump and $401 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chrysler 300 will be $10776 to $22726 less than for the Mercedes E-Class Sedan.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Chrysler 300 and the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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