2020 Maserati Ghibli vs. 2020 Chrysler 300

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Safety

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The Ghibli offers an optional Surround View Camera 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.

Both the Ghibli 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

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The Ghibli comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The 300’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

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

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ghibli has a standard 850-amp battery. The 300’s 730-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Ghibli has more powerful engines than the 300:

Horsepower

Torque

Ghibli 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Ghibli S 3.0 turbo V6

424 HP

428 lbs.-ft.

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.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ghibli S is faster than the Chrysler 300:

Ghibli

300S

300 V8

Zero to 60 MPH

4.8 sec

6.4 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14.9 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104.8 MPH

97.1 MPH

n/a

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ghibli’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 Ghibli has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the 300 (21.1 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Ghibli

Ghibli S

300

300 V8/AWD

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

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

The Ghibli stops much shorter than the 300:

Ghibli

300

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

125 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

The Ghibli’s standard 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 Ghibli’s optional 245/35R21 front and 285/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the 300’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 300 Touring. The Ghibli’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the 300.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ghibli offers an optional 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 Ghibli’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 300 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghibli is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the 300.

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the 300 Limited pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Ghibli S Q4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the 300 (25.5 seconds vs. 27.2 seconds).

Chassis

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The design of the Maserati Ghibli amounts to more than styling. The Ghibli has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the 300 (.32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Ghibli get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Ghibli S Q4 is quieter than the 300S (78 vs. 80 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Ghibli has .2 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more rear headroom than the 300.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ghibli has a much larger trunk than the 300 (17.6 vs. 16.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Ghibli easier. The Ghibli’s trunk lift-over height is 25.8 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 Ghibli’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The 300 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

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The Ghibli’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 Ghibli’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 300 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Ghibli’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 Ghibli’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 Ghibli’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 Ghibli’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 intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Ghibli offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 300 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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