Americans have always loved full-size luxury sedans, and there’s little wonder why. They’re comfortable and powerful, and today’s models benefit from advanced technology and safety, excellent handling and better fuel economy than ever before. Among the more popular choices are the Chrysler 300, available here at Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Ford Taurus; when they’re put up against each other, the 300 is better in nearly every way.
The 2015 Chrysler 300 (MSRP from $31,695) is better equipped that the 2015 Ford Taurus (MSRP from $27,055), and when you compare all the standard features and advantages the 300 holds, you see that the 300 is actually the better value.
Cars.com editors said, "The 2015 Chrysler 300's attention-grabbing styling, elegant interior and composed road manners convey an overall classiness that rivals other large sedans." The same site said the Taurus “has had evolutionary blinders on; it simply hasn't changed quickly enough to stay competitive in this class." After analyzing published reviews, test drives and safety and reliability data, U.S. News & World Report ranked the 300 ahead of the Taurus in the “Affordable Large Cars” category; in addition, the 300 ranks highest among “Large Cars” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS), the second consecutive year it has been highest ranked.
Both the 300 and Taurus are standard with V6 engines, but the 300 is more powerful and more efficient. Its award-winning Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 produces up to 300 hp and 264 lb/ft of torque, and it returns best-in-class V6 highway fuel economy EPA-estimated at 31 mpg. The 3.5-liter V6 standard in the Taurus only manages 288 hp, 254 lb/ft of torque and 29 mpg highway.
Also available in the 300 is a 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 with best-in-class hp (363), torque (394 lb/ft) and, thanks in part to fuel-saver technology, V8 driving range. The available EcoBoost® V6 found in the Taurus produces 365 hp but significantly less torque (350 lb/ft) and 25 mpg highway. The 300 also features a class-exclusive TorqueFlite® eight-speed automatic transmission with both engines, while the Taurus comes with a six-speed automatic.
The rear-drive 300 and the front-drive Taurus both are available with all-wheel drive systems. However, the 300 is the right choice if you’re looking for the most technologically advanced all-wheel drive system in the segment, with a class-exclusive front axle disconnect and an active transfer case that maximizes handling, driver confidence and fuel economy.
Best-in-class interior volume and rear-seat volume are provided by the 2015 Chrysler 300, and only the 300 earned a spot on Ward’s “10 Best Interiors” list. The segment’s largest touchscreen display is part of the Uconnect® 8.4 infotainment system in the 300, and the Chrysler offers a dual-pane sunroof that’s bigger than anything else in the segment. A 900-watt harman/kardon® Logic7 sound system and a BeatsAudio™ premium sound system are both available in the 300 and not in the Taurus.
Better warranty coverage is another 300 advantage. Its five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty with Roadside Assistance offers more peace of mind than the five-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage Ford provides for the Taurus.
The more you learn about the 2015 Chrysler 300, the more obvious it becomes that the 300 is a better choice than the Taurus in every way. Do your own comparison; stop by and get behind the wheel of the 2015 Chrysler 300 today.