2013 Chrysler 300 vs. Its Competition

2013 Chrysler 300
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Chrysler 300, 300S, and 300C sedans occupy a unique space for near-luxury sedans, as their rear-wheel-drive layout, muscular styling, muscle-car powertrains, and luxury-level technology features aren't directly rivaled.

The Hyundai Genesis might be one of the closest rivals, but it's tuned more softly than the Chrysler and its styling is more generic.

The primarily front-drive Ford Taurus is a bulky cruiser with optional AWD and a turbo SHO edition, but rear-seat room is compromised by the thick styling and the interior is less glamorous than the Chrysler's--even considering its refresh for 2013.

Comfort-oriented shoppers will want to take a look at the Buick LaCrosse is a big, sleek four-door with a new eAssist mild-hybrid edition that gets up to 37 mpg on the highway.

The Nissan Maxima also looks sporty and upscale, but it's an entirely different kind of car, with a less engaging driving experience and technology and safety features that aren't completely up to the leading edge.

Chrysler's own Dodge Charger is another alternative.

Compared to the 300, it has much more muscular styling and lower price points yet many of the same features.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The image-building 2013 Chrysler 300 is handsome and classy, as well as a proper luxury car or a scorching muscle sedan.
8.2
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for comfort, sophistication, and refinement in a large sedan—and its 36-mpg rating is icing on the cake.
8.0
The 2013 Dodge Charger hits all the right blue-collar chords, yet its interior may impress the upper crust.
8.0
The 2013 Ford Taurus gets improved performance and is more of a technology and luxury flagship than ever--although its 'smaller inside' packaging continues to limit its appeal.
7.8
The millionaire next door just might be driving a Hyundai Genesis; it's a luxury-car bargain, with a well-finished interior, plenty of power and good fuel economy.
7.6
The 2013 Nissan Maxima offers a lot more flair than the typical larger sedan, along with premium feel inside; but driving enthusiasts should be aware that it isn't quite a serious sport sedan.
MSRP From     
$30,345$31,660$26,295$26,700$34,200$31,000
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas/Electric I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
Large CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarLarge CarsLarge carMidsize Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Motown RWD4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan SE RWD4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan V6 3.8L4-Door Sedan 3.5 S
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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