Chrysler 300 vs. Cadillac CTS

There comes a certain point in your life where a luxury sedan just fits your comfort zone. The mentality of years past doesn’t really hold true anymore. Nobody wants to be perceived as “old-fashioned” or turning into their grandparents. Some vehicle makers suffer from that stigma.

For years, a Cadillac wasn’t the hot cool ride in town. It was the car that “old people” drove. Hey, my grandfather loved his Cadillac but I was going to get a sports car not that big old thing!

Clearly, luxury sedans used to be what “grandpa” drove. That was just the reality.

Not anymore.

Today’s luxury sedans are geared more toward the working professional and family focused individuals. Designers have realized that a certain percentage of their “older” market have aged beyond their driving years and it is time to gain more ground with the younger market.

2015 Chrysler 300

Of course, both of those things can conjure up images that your rebellious youthful side doesn’t want to admit.

You’ve grown up.

It’s time to drive something that an adult should be driving. Professionals and safety minded family folks look towards a luxury sedan. In this segment, there is a lot of competition. Today we take a look at the Chrysler 300 and the Cadillac CTS.

Luxury sedans by nature demand stellar performance. After all, it is one of the reasons they can justify a higher price tag. While your Grandads Cadillac has made some noise lately with the CTS sedan in the mid-size luxury market lets not forget that the Chrysler 300 offers a lot of the same features and all the little goodies but at a much lower price tag. With the Caddy are you paying extra for the badge? Lets’s take a look.

Let start by taking a look at the all-important “sticker” price. On average it seems that the manufacturers suggested retail price – for the 2015 Cadillac CTS is somewhere near $53,000. Right off the bat that is a few thousand dollars higher than the 2015 Chrysler 300, which is around $48,900.

Remember, that is just the base cost. The Cadillac can run as high as $69,070 depending on some of the features needed to be added to equal what you get in the Chrysler 300. So, more bang for the buck comes from the Chrysler 300.

While, the 2015 CTS does have an impressive interior design and Cadillac finally installed an eight-speed automatic transmission there are some major dislikes in the styling. The roofline is just outdated and doesn’t fit with the rest of the ‘modern’ styling attempt in the rest of the vehicle. Another big disadvantage is that the Cadillac CTS doesn’t offer a V-8.

Ouch.

Especially with a luxury vehicle maker that tends to build heavier vehicles. Also, another major concern for the family conscience is the overall safety scores for the Cadillac are slightly less favorable than the Chrysler 300.

The Chrysler comes out the winner when it comes to the overall performance and standout styling. For example, it has perfected a responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. Cadillac just added an eight-speed transmission and questions remain on the quality of the transmission gearing. The Chrysler 300 also features a smooth, fuel-efficient V-6 that many drivers have raved about. Yes, there is an available V-8 though most find the V-6 power stunning. It is a toss up between extra power and fuel efficiency.

The Chrysler 300 is absolutely loaded with more high-tech features and comfortable luxury extras. Based on the cost between the two vehicles, the Chrysler 300 represents a very powerful muscle car that stands out from the rest.

The term “muscle car” is being used to describe the engine performance of a mid-size luxury sedan. Not an everyday occurrence to say the least.

But in terms of the available configuration and options that drivers have with the Chrysler 300 you could make a rather robust “muscle car”. For example, drivers have the ability to choose a rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Great for all season driving. Drivers also have the option between a V-6 or an SRT8 V-8.

The base configuration is stunning right out of the gate and can go 0-60 in 6.7 seconds with the rear-wheel drivetrain. Further, the Chrysler 300 is roomy. It seats 5 passengers comfortably and still has plenty of room for everything you may need to carry with an impressive 16.3 cu.ft. of cargo space. For those concerned about watching the gas pump. The 300 gets the edge here as well and does better than the CTS with gas mileage, coming in at 19 MPG in the city and 31 on the highway.

In contrast, the Cadillac tries hard…but just doesn’t hit the goal.

The CTS comes with a standard 3.0-liter V-6 engine with variable valve timing and direct injection. Nice, but no other choice of engine configuration. It’s hard to get past not having a V-8 option. Still, the V-6 does give drivers 270 horsepower. If you don’t mind shelling out more money you can achieve 318 horsepower, but you have to upgrade to the 3.6-liter V-6. It all depends on how much you’re willing to pay. The Chrysler 300 give more for less. It’s just that simple.

2015 Cadillac CTS
The base model of the Cadillac also disappoints in seating. It can seat 4 passengers comfortably, so you have to explain to your 5th friend that they may need to hitch hike. and can go 0-60 in 5.9 seconds. The caddy also gives less room to carry your precious belongings. Just 10.5 cu.ft. of cargo space and has an MPG of 18 city and 27 highway.

We should mention that the Chrysler 300 also has a C model. The 300C upgrades the base version of the 300. It crams even more luxury into the Chrysler 300C.

Upgrades include a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with a five-speed automatic transmission, intelligent cylinders that conserve gas while cruising, and safety features like traction control, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, curtain airbags, and electronic stability control.

Nice upgrades for sure. With the 300C base model, you can still get all your friends into the vehicle as it comfortably seats 5 passengers and has 16.3 cu.ft. of cargo space. Plenty of room.

There is a bit of a drawback, however. It goes 0-60 in 7.1 seconds, which is slightly slower than the CTS and the 300. Not to worry as it compensates for the delay in better safety features.

So, while we have tried to give an honest perspective of the 2015 Chrysler 300 and the 2015 Cadillac CTS the choice for which is a better mid-size luxury sedan for the price seems leaning heavily towards the Chrysler 300.

In a lot of ways when you are thinking about purchasing a luxury sedan there is a certain prestige when you look at the makers badge. Based on the research we have done it seems that in a comparison between the 2015 Chrysler 300 and the 2015 Cadillac CTS you pay a premium to have the Cadillac logo on the vehicle you are driving.

You do get more bang for your buck with the Chrysler 300.

In the end, choosing between Cadillac and Chrysler may come down to personal preference, but many drivers will appreciate the value offered by the newest 300 model.