Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Hyundai Equus VS 2013 Chrysler 300 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Hyundai Equus

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2013 Chrysler 300

Safety Comparison

The Equus’ front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The 300 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Equus’ lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The 300 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Equus Ultimate has a standard 360 degree parking 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.

Both the Equus 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Equus comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The 300’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The Equus comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years unlimited miles. Hyundai will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Chrysler doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the 300.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Equus 5 years 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 100,000 miles.

The Equus’ corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the 300’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 18th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 67 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

The Equus’ 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 137 more horsepower (429 vs. 292) and 116 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 260) than the 300’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Equus’ 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 129 more horsepower (429 vs. 300) and 112 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 264) than the 300S’ standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Equus’ 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 66 more horsepower (429 vs. 363) than the 300’s optional 5.7 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Equus is faster than the Chrysler 300 V8:

Equus

300

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Equus has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 300 (20.3 vs. 19.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Equus

300

300 V8/V6 AWD

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

The Equus’ 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.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

The Equus’ 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’s standard 65 series tires. The Equus’ tires are lower profile than the 300’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Equus has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 300.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the Equus uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the 300, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Equus has a standard 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 Equus Signature goes through Road & Track’s slalom 1.6 MPH faster than the 300S (64.2 vs. 62.6 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Hyundai Equus amounts to more than styling. The Equus has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is significantly lower than the 300 (.32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Equus get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Equus has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 300 (109.3 vs. 106.3).

The Equus has .1 inches more front headroom, 3.3 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the 300.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Equus’ rear seats recline. The 300’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Equus has a larger trunk than the 300 (16.7 vs. 16.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Equus’ standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, 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 Equus’ 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 standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Equus Ultimate has standard rear seat controls for the radio which can play a separate audio source. The 300 doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Equus, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the 300.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Equus owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Equus with a number “3” insurance rate while the 300 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

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