Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Genesis G80 VS 2017 Chrysler 300 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Genesis G80

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2017 Chrysler 300

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G80 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 G80’s pre-crash 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.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G80 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chrysler 300 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the G80 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Genesis G80 is safer than the Chrysler 300:

 

G80

300

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

97

131

Neck Injury Risk

21%

31%

Neck Stress

189 lbs.

280 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

268/514 lbs.

617/568 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

180

203

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.9 inches

Neck Stress

129 lbs.

143 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

113 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

147/55 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 Genesis G80 is safer than the 300:

 

G80

300

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

106

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

20 cm

28 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.4/.5 kN

3.7/3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.54/.31

1.21/.58

Tibia forces R/L

2/1.1 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 Genesis G80 is safer than the Chrysler 300:

 

G80

300

 

Front Seat

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

81

236

Chest Movement

1.3 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

195 G’s

315 G’s

Hip Force

197 lbs.

433 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

88

134

Spine Acceleration

31 G’s

50 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

10 inches

14 inches

HIC

230

302

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

857 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 all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G80 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 53 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 300 was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

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The G80 comes with a full 5 year/60,000 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 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G80 5 years and 40,000 miles 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 60,000 miles.

The G80’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the 300’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G80 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Genesis will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chrysler doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 300.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the G80 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 G80 has a standard 740-amp battery (950 optional). The 300’s 730-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G80 third among midsize premium cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The 300 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

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The G80 has more powerful engines than the 300:

 

Horsepower

Torque

G80 3.8 DOHC V6

311 HP

293 lbs.-ft.

G80 5.0 DOHC V6

420 HP

383 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 Consumer Reports the G80 3.8 is faster than the Chrysler 300 V6:

 

G80

300

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.2 MPH

94.8 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the G80 5.0 is faster than the 300S V6:

 

G80

300

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.6 sec

3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104.1 MPH

97.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The G80 has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the 300 (20.3 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the G80’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the 300:

 

G80 3.8

G80 5.0

300

300 V8/AWD

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

The G80 stops shorter than the 300:

 

G80

300

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the G80 has larger standard tires than the 300 (245/45R18 vs. 225/60R18).

The G80 3.8’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 300 Limited/300C’s standard 60 series tires. The G80 5.0’s 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the 300S/300C Platinum’s 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The G80 5.0 handles at .88 G’s, while the 300 pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The G80 3.8 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the 300 (26.2 seconds vs. 27.2 seconds).

For better maneuverability, the G80’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the 300’s (36.2 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The design of the Genesis G80 amounts to more than styling. The G80 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 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 G80 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The G80 has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 3.9 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more rear headroom than the 300.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the G80 easier. The G80’s trunk lift-over height is 27.5 inches, while the 300’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the G80 offers cargo security. The 300’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the G80’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The G80 also offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The 300 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The G80 offers an optional heads-up display which 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 G80’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 G80’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 standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the G80 is less expensive to operate than the 300 because typical repairs cost much less on the G80 than the 300, including $396 less for an alternator and $752 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Genesis G80 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

G80

300

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the G80 as the 2009 North American Car of the Year. The 300 was Car of the Year in 2005.

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