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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|2013 Chrysler 300Browse Used Listings||2013 Buick LacrosseBrowse Used Listings||2013 Dodge ChargerBrowse Used Listings||2013 Ford TaurusBrowse Used Listings||2013 Hyundai GenesisBrowse Used Listings||2013 Nissan MaximaBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas/Electric I4||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|Large Cars||Midsize Cars||Large Car||Large Cars||Large car||Midsize Cars|
|4-Door Sedan Motown RWD||4-Door Sedan Base FWD||4-Door Sedan SE RWD||4-Door Sedan SE FWD||4-Door Sedan V6 3.8L||4-Door Sedan 3.5 S|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Continuously Variable Ratio|
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