2018 Chrysler 300 vs 2018 Lincoln Continental

 

Introduction

What do you want when you get into the driver's seat of a luxury sedan? Is it comfort, style, and performance, or is it something harder to pin down? Whatever it is, you can find it behind the wheel of plenty of luxury sedans on the market, but you'll be hard pressed to find a better fit than the 2018 Chrysler 300. While the luxury sedan market is dominated by a handful of household names, the Chrysler 300 always makes that list. The Lincoln Continental may be a fine car with a considerable history in the sedan market, but its higher price tag makes it difficult for the Continental to compete with the lower-priced and more dynamic 2018 Chrysler 300.

Price

When it comes to price, there's just no comparison between the 2018 Chrysler 300 and the 2018 Lincoln Continental. A base-level Chrysler 300 Touring starts at around $28,995, which is a steal considering that it comes with a 292 horsepower 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, Uconnect 4C with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, and a ParkView back-up camera, not to mention loads of style, performance, and amenities. You'll get much of the same from the 2018 Lincoln Continental, but it will cost you: 2018 Continentals start at around $45,160. To see everything you can get when you get behind the wheel of a 2018 Chrysler 300, come see your Chrysler 300 dealer in Kansas City for models and pricing.

Styling & Options

Luxury sedans are all about comfort and style, and both the 2018 Chrysler 300 and the 2018 Lincoln Continental are stylish, comfortable cars. The latest Lincoln Continental comes in four trim packages: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. Unfortunately, although they boast a wide range of amenities, all four are saddled with one of three V6 engines, and even the most basic trim level still starts at over $45,000. Meanwhile, the Chrysler 300 boasts five trims to chose from, beginning with the affordable Chrysler 300 Touring, which starts at around $28,995 and features a power-adjustable driver's seat, satellite radio, two USB ports, push-button start, and lots more. Upgrade to the Chrysler Touring 300 L and you can add heated front seats with Nappa leather upholstery, while the Chrysler 300S has an available 363 horsepower 5.7L HEMI V8. The Chrysler 300 Limited redefines luxury and comfort with a heated telescoping steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, and real black olive ash burl interior bezels. For the ultimate in luxury and performance, the Chrysler 300C comes with the class-leading 5.7L HEMI V8 engine standard. And of course, all of the 2018 Chrysler 300 trim levels come with plenty of options to help customize your ride, making it a real win for those who like choices.

Performance

The 2018 Lincoln Continental has access to powerful turbocharged engines if you're willing to pay the price, but it struggles with below-average fuel economy, even within its class. The 2018 Chrysler 300 gives you two engine options to choose from, and neither are anything to sneeze at. The standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine can crank 292 horsepower (or even 300, if you opt for the Chrysler 300S trim package), which is more than enough to give the Chrysler 300 plenty of get-up-and-go. Or you can opt for the available 5.7L HEMI V8 if you want even more power under the hood.

Use of Space

What good is luxury without the comfort that goes with it? Fortunately, the 2018 Chrysler 300 provides plenty of both, seating up to five adults comfortably and offering ample legroom in the rear seats. Plus, the trunk clocks in at more than 16 cubic feet, giving you plenty of space to haul anything from the kids' sport equipment to groceries to luggage and beyond. The 2018 Lincoln Continental relies on a kind of traditional luxury charm to make up for the fact that, while it seats as many as the 2018 Chrysler 300, passengers in the back may not have enough headroom. Though the Continental's trunk is actually slightly larger than the one in the Chrysler 300, it is wide instead of deep, making it a difficult fit for many items.

Comfort

Offering classic looks and an unmistakable Chrysler feel, the 2018 Chrysler 300 has been designed to please from the inside out. That means high-end materials throughout the cabin and a design that helps to reduce road noise. Higher trim packages up the comfort factor with heated and ventilated seats, Nappa leather, and more. For years, the Lincoln Continental has been synonymous with luxury and comfort, especially inside the cabin. However, reviewers of the 2018 model have noted that some materials used in the current iteration of the Continental don't quite live up to the legacy of its distinguished forebears.

Gas Mileage

Luxury sedans aren't noted for their fuel economy, but nobody wants a car that they have to fill up at every stop, either. Luckily, the 2018 Chrysler 300 gets respectable gas mileage that's in line with other cars in its class. The 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine gets an estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and a respectable 30 miles per gallon on the highway. By comparison, the Lincoln Continental's old-fashioned town car styling unfortunately also extends to its gas mileage. With its base engine, it gets only around 17 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway, putting its gas mileage below many other luxury sedans on the road.

Safety and Security

When it comes to safety, the 2018 Chrysler 300 is well positioned right out of the gate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a four-star overall crash test safety rating, and it comes with a ParkView rear back-up camera standard at every trim level. You can choose from a wide array of available active safety features ranging from adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking to lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and much more. While the 2018 Lincoln Continental has not yet been put through crash tests by industry bodies such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, previous years' models have always scored well, and there's no reason to assume that the 2018 Lincoln Continental won't continue that tradition.

Summary

Whether you're looking for luxury, power, performance, or safety, it's our opinion that the 2018 Chrysler 300 beats the 2018 Lincoln Continental hands down, especially when you factor in the Continental's much higher price tag. Passengers will ride more comfortably in the 2018 Chrysler 300, you can store more in the trunk, and the available 5.7L HEMI V8 can generate an impressive amount of horsepower. No matter what you want from your next sedan, the 2018 Chrysler 300 seems like the best choice.

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