2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2020 Chrysler 300

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Chrysler 300 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The 300 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry TRD/XLE/XSE offers an optional Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 300 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird’s Eye 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 Camry and the 300 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Chrysler 300:

Camry

300

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

31%

Neck Stress

262 lbs.

280 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

432/527 lbs.

617/568 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.9 inches

Neck Injury Risk

21%

33%

Neck Stress

136 lbs.

143 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

113 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

266/310 lbs.

504/415 lbs.

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

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 Toyota Camry is safer than the 300:

Camry

300

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

157

222

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

22 cm

28 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.5/.3 kN

3.7/3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.35/.42

1.21/.58

Tibia forces R/L

2/.9 kN

3/4.7 kN

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Chrysler 300:

Camry

300

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

134

236

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

315 G’s

Hip Force

296 lbs.

433 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

50 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

14 inches

HIC

164

302

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

622 lbs.

910 lbs.

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

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, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 300 was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Camry’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the 300 runs out after 100,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chrysler doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 300.

Reliability

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

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 Camry’s reliability 33 points higher than the 300.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 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 Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chrysler is ranked 24th.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Camry V6 is faster than the 300S 3.6 DOHC V6:

Camry

300

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.6 sec

10.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.8 sec

3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.6 MPH

97.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Camry XLE V6 gets better fuel mileage than the 300 RWD with its standard V6 (22 city/33 hwy vs. 19 city/30 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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The Camry stops much shorter than the 300:

Camry

300

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Camry XSE/TRD’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 300’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Camry SE handles at .88 G’s, while the 300 Limited pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 300 (26.7 seconds vs. 27.2 seconds).

Chassis

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The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 800 pounds less than the Chrysler 300.

The Camry L/LE/XLE is 6.5 inches shorter than the 300, making the Camry easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

Camry

300

Full-Throttle

72 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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The Camry has .3 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the 300.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Camry easier. The Camry’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches, while the 300’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

Ergonomics

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The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional 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 Camry’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.

If the windows are left open on the Camry the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the 300 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Camry’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 Camry’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the 300’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Camry owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry will cost $310 less than the 300 over a five-year period.

The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry will retain 46.06% to 50.35% of its original price after five years, while the 300 only retains 34.71% to 38.68%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the 300 because typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the 300, including $1400 less for a muffler, $20 less for front brake pads, $556 less for front struts and $129 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $11008 to $14887 less than for the Chrysler 300.

Recommendations

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry first among midsize 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.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Chrysler 300 by over nine to one during the 2019 model year.

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