2020 Kia K900 vs. 2020 Chrysler 300

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Safety

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The K900’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The 300 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The K900 has standard Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 300 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the K900. But it costs extra on the 300.

The K900 has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 300 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The K900’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 300 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the K900 and the 300 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The K900 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 300’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the K900 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chrysler covers the 300. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 300 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the K900 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the 300.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 10 places higher in reliability than Chrysler.

Engine

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The K900’s 3.3 turbo V6 produces 73 more horsepower (365 vs. 292) and 116 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 260) than the 300’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The K900’s 3.3 turbo V6 produces 65 more horsepower (365 vs. 300) and 112 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 264) than the 300S’ standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The K900’s 3.3 turbo V6 produces 2 more horsepower (365 vs. 363) than the 300’s optional 5.7 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Kia K900 is faster than the Chrysler 300:

K900

300S

300 V8

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.4 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.9 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102.2 MPH

97.1 MPH

n/a

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the K900’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The 300 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The K900 has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the 300 (20.3 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the K900’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 300:

K900

300

300 V8/AWD

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the K900 has larger tires than the 300 (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 215/65R17).

The K900’s 245/45R19 front and 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 300 Touring’s standard 65 series tires. The K900’s tires are lower profile than the 300’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the K900 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 300 Touring.

Suspension and Handling

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The K900 has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The 300’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the K900’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the 300 (122.2 inches vs. 120 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the K900 is 1.1 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than on the 300.

The K900 handles at .87 G’s, while the 300 pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The K900 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the 300 (25.7 seconds vs. 27.2 seconds).

Chassis

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The design of the Kia K900 amounts to more than styling. The K900 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is significantly lower than the 300 (.32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the K900 get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the K900 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 300 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The K900 has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 300 (110 vs. 106.3).

The K900 has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 3.9 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the 300.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the K900’s available rear seats recline. The 300’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the K900 offers cargo security. The 300’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the K900’s power trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The K900’s power trunk can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The 300 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the 300 (except Touring/Touring L), the K900 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The K900’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the 300, and is not available on all models.

The K900 has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The 300 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The K900’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 300’s parking brake has to released manually.

The K900’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The 300’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The K900’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The 300’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The K900’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The 300’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The K900 has standard front air conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 300 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The K900 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the 300.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia K900 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console and one for the rear passengers. Wireless charging costs extra on the 300.

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