Large Sedan Review: Chrysler 300 + Kia K900
Comparing these two vehicles, the Chrysler 300 and Kia K900 both turn heads with their unique appearance and style. But it’s what is inside that counts most. Let’s take a closer look at both of these large cars.
Overview and Pricing
The Chrysler 300 is a well-rounded large car that is available with two different engine options and two drivetrains that provide a smooth and fun drive. The 300 has a lot of standard features, space and power, but it also has a reasonable fuel economy and price tag.The 2018 Chrysler 300 starts off at a reasonable $28,995 (plus destination fee) and the high end trim, the Chrysler 300C RWD, has a starting MSRP of $40,995 (plus destination fee).
Similar to the Chrysler 300, the Kia K900 is a well-equipped large car, but it is only available with one drivetrain. The Kia K900 is also available with two engine options, a roomy cabin and many standard features, but fuel economy is significantly lower. Pricing for the K900 starts at $49,900 (plus destination fee) and as high as $61,900 (plus destination fee) for the premium trim.
The two engines available on the Chrysler 300 are a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 292 horsepower and a larger 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that cranks out 363 horsepower. Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and buyers have the option of rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The 3.6-liter gives the Chrysler 300 a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway and the 5.7-liter engine averages 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
The K900 is available with a 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 and a 420-horsepower 5.0-liter V8. The Kia K900 is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and it is only available with front-wheel-drive. The 3.8-liter engine gives the K900 a fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway and the 5.0-liter engine averages 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
The Chrysler 300 is a 5-passenger vehicle is catered to drivers that expect a luxurious ride with enough standard features to spare them from having to spend additional money on a modern, comfortable large car. With a quiet cabin and upscale look, the Chrysler 300 is equipped with a modern 8.4-inch touchscreen display and an advanced built-in infotainment system.
The 2018 Chrysler comes standard with leather trim seats, driver and passenger lumbar, keyless start/entry, remote engine start, power door locks and mirrors, back-up camera, fog lamps, premium sound system, heated front seats, climate control and Onboard Hands-Free Communications system with wi-fi hotspot availability.
All 2018 Kia K900s are made for the same luxury seeking buyer and are equipped with leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated seats. The standard front seats are adjustable in 12 ways, while higher trim versions upgrade that to 16 ways. Most drivers will find adequate leg room. Included standard are heated rear seats and cooling functions on top trims. The overall tech in the K900 is on par with most vehicles in its class.
The K900 comes standard with post-collision safety system, USB Inputs, remote start, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Back-up camera, auto climate control and leather seats. The best feature is a standard 9.2-inch infotainment screen that comes standard. Not a bad starting point, but it has a starting MSRP that is more than $20,000 more than the starting MSRP of the Chrysler 300.
Safety + Warranty Comparison
There isn’t much of a comparison because the 2018 Kia K900 has zero crash test results provided by any major safety rating organization in the United States due to the small volume of vehicles produced. However, the 2018 Kia K900 provides a surround-view camera system with adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking if owners opt for the pricey VIP Plus package that raises the cost of the vehicle roughly $6,000.
The most secure thing about the Kia K900 is the warranty which covers the powertrain with a 10-year / 100,000-mile span.
The 2018 Chrysler 300 on the other hand has been given a superior rating for front crash prevention and a five-star rating for the side crash rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Overall rating of four of five stars and average a good rating for most of the test results, owners can feel secure driving the 2018 Chrysler 300. The 2018 Chrysler 300 provides a 5-year / 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.
With more value in many measurable ways, we can’t help recognize the 2018 Chrysler 300 as the superior option. If you’ve wanted to test drive and take home your very own Chrysler 300, look no further than Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. Our professional staff will welcome you to a rewarding experience and make sure you return to our service center for any future maintenance requirements.