2020 Kia Stinger vs. 2020 Chrysler 300

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Safety

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The Stinger GT2 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 Stinger GT1/GT2’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 Stinger 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Kia Stinger is safer than the 300:

Stinger

300

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

222

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Stinger the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 300 is not a “Top Pick.”

Warranty

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The Stinger 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 Stinger 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 engines in the Stinger have 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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As tested in Car and Driver the Stinger GT-Line 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the Chrysler 300 V6:

Stinger

300

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.2 sec

As tested in Motor Trend the Stinger GT 3.3 turbo V6 is faster than the 300S 3.6 DOHC V6:

Stinger

300

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106.9 MPH

97.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Stinger gets better fuel mileage than the 300:

Stinger

300

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

22 city/29 hwy

19 city/30 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

3.3 turbo V6/8-spd. Auto

17 city/25 hwy

16 city/25 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

21 city/29 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

3.3 turbo V6/8-spd. Auto

17 city/25 hwy

n/a

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Stinger’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.

Transmission

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The Stinger GT/GT1/GT2’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s at 2250 in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The 300 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Stinger GT

300

300 V8/AWD

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

The Stinger stops much shorter than the 300:

Stinger

300

80 to 0 MPH

217 feet

231 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Stinger has larger standard tires than the 300 (225/45R18 vs. 215/65R17).

The Stinger GT-Line’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 300 Touring’s standard 65 series tires. The Stinger GT’s 225/40R19 front and 255/35R19 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the 300’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stinger GT-Line has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 300 Touring.

Suspension and Handling

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The Stinger offers an available 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.

The Stinger GT2 handles at .93 G’s, while the 300 Limited pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stinger GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the 300 (24.8 seconds vs. 27.2 seconds).

For better maneuverability, the Stinger’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the 300’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Kia Stinger may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Chrysler 300.

The Stinger is 8.4 inches shorter than the 300, making the Stinger easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Kia Stinger amounts to more than styling. The Stinger has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd. That is lower than the 300 (.32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Stinger get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Stinger AWD is quieter than the 300S:

Stinger

300

At idle

39 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

69 dB

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Stinger easier. The Stinger’s trunk lift-over height is 27.5 inches, while the 300’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Stinger GT2’s power trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Stinger’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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The Stinger GT2 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 Stinger’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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Stinger’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the 300’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Stinger third among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 300 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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