2020 Chrysler 300 vs. 2020 Volvo S60

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Safety

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Both the 300 and the S60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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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Chrysler’s powertrain warranty covers the 300 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the S60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 8 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Volvo 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 43 points higher than the S60.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 300 third among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The S60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chrysler vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chrysler 25th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chrysler vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chrysler 16th in reliability. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Chrysler vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chrysler 5 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Chrysler 300 V8 is faster than the S60 T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder:

300

S60

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

5.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.8 sec

9.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.6 sec

14.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.8 sec

2.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.4 MPH

99.2 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 S60 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 S60 requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The 300 has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 300 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 300’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S60 (245/45R20 vs. 235/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 300 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The S60’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 S60 doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The 300 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The S60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the 300 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 300’s wheelbase is 6.9 inches longer than on the S60 (120 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

The 300’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the S60’s (55% to 45%). This gives the 300 more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the 300S is quieter than the S60 Momentum (39 vs. 42 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 S60 is rated a Compact.

The 300 has 10.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S60 (106.3 vs. 96).

The 300 has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front hip room, 3.4 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 4.9 inches more rear legroom, 2.7 inches more rear hip room and 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.

Cargo Capacity

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The 300 has a much larger trunk than the S60 (16.3 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the 300 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S60. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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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 S60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 300 has standard extendable sun visors. The S60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 S60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 S60 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

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 S60 only retains -498.28% to 42%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 300 is less expensive to operate than the S60 because it costs $282 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 300 than the S60, including $130 less for a water pump, $22 less for front brake pads, $289 less for a starter, $181 less for fuel injection and $428 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chrysler 300 will be $2101 to $2194 less than for the Volvo S60.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Chrysler 300, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo S60 isn't recommended.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Volvo 60 Series by 45% during 2019.

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