2020 Chrysler 300 vs. 2020 Toyota Camry

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Safety

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The 300 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Camry doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the 300 and the Camry 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Chrysler 300 weighs 441 to 1139 pounds more than the Toyota Camry. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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, results indicate that the Chrysler 300 is safer than the Toyota Camry:

300

Camry

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

134

289

Hip Force

350 lbs.

752 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are almost 2 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Toyota 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 Camry’s 600-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 Camry’s 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 Camry isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

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The 300 has more powerful engines than the Camry:

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.

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

206 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chrysler 300 V6 is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl.:

300

Camry

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.2 sec

20.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.7 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.7 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

90 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 Camry doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The 300 has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry L’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 300 has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry LE/SE/XLE/XSE’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.8 gallons).

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 Camry doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 300’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Camry:

300

300 V8/AWD

Camry

Camry TRD

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

12 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

11.06 inches

11.06 inches

The 300 V8/AWD’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Camry are solid, not vented.

The 300 stops much shorter than the Camry:

300

Camry

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 300 has larger standard tires than the Camry (215/65R17 vs. 205/65R16). The 300’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (245/45R20 vs. 235/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 300 Touring has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Camry L. The 300’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Camry XSE/TRD.

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 Camry doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The 300 has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Camry doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 300’s wheelbase is 8.8 inches longer than on the Camry (120 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

The 300’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the Camry’s (59.5% to 40.5%). This gives the 300 more stable handling and braking.

The 300S handles at .85 G’s, while the Camry XLE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 300S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Camry XLE (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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

The 300 has 5.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Camry (106.3 vs. 100.4).

The 300 has .3 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity

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The 300 has a much larger trunk than the Camry (16.3 vs. 15.1 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the 300’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The 300’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry L/TRD doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Towing

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

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the 300 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Camry. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

The 300 has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Camry 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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When two different drivers share the 300 (except Touring/Touring L), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Camry doesn’t offer a memory system.

The 300 (except Base)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Camry doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The 300 S/C/Limited’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camry’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Camry doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the 300 (except Touring/Touring L) offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Camry doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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

The 300’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Camry and aren’t offered on the Camry L.

When the 300 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Camry’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The 300’s standard rear view mirror and optional side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Camry offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the 300 and the Camry 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 Camry.

On extremely cold winter days, the 300’s optional (except Touring/Touring L) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camry doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The 300 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Camry and isn’t available on the Camry L.

The 300’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Camry L doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the 300 and the Camry offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the 300 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Camry doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 300 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the 300 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Camry is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 300 is less expensive to operate than the Camry because it costs $237 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 300 than the Camry, including $99 less for a water pump, $332 less for a starter, $239 less for fuel injection, $51 less for a fuel pump and $761 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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

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