Chrysler 300 Vs. Dodge Charger: Same DNA, Vastly Different Looks

By Justin Cupler | November 2nd, 2018

The days of buying a performance car meaning you have to sacrifice roominess or comfort are long gone. Today, there is the 2019 Chrysler 300 and the 2019 Dodge Challenger that offer powerful engine options, room for five people, plenty of cargo room, and four doors. But which of these two sedans is better for our Orange Park, Jacksonville, and Fleming Island new car shoppers? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

Because they ride on the same platform, the 2019 Chrysler 300 and 2019 Dodge Charger are close in size. Both models are 75 inches wide and ride on a standard 120.2-inch wheelbase — the Charger Hellcat has a 0.2-inch longer wheelbase, though. The base 300 measures 198.6 inches long, while the Charger ranges from 198.4 to 200.8 inches long.

Though they are similar in size and ride on the same platform, it is hard to tell the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger are related. While the 300 takes on an elegant style aimed at buyers shooting just below a full luxury car, the Charger has performance buyers in its sights with its crosshair grille, available aero bits, and wild styling packages.

Advantage: 2019 Chrysler 300

  • Classy, luxurious appearance

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Charger

  • Sharper, more muscular looks

Interior

Like the exterior, the 2019 Chrysler 300 and 2019 Dodge Charger share a lot of interior dimensions. Up front, these sedans are identical in terms of roominess with 38.6 inches of headroom, 41.8 inches of legroom, 59.5 inches of shoulder room, and 56.2 inches of hip room. In the rear, they share the same legroom and hip room measurements at 40.1 and 56.1 inches, respectively. In headroom, the 300’s 37.9 inches beats the Charger by 1.3 inches, while its 57.9 inches of shoulder room beats the Charger by 0.2 inches.

Trunk space is also very similar with the 2019 Chrysler 300 offering up to 16.3 cubic feet to the Charger’s 16.5 cubes.

Just like the outside, these two vehicles’ interiors differ based on their target buyer. The 300 boasts a classier cabin with a thicker three-spoke steering wheel, more metallic trimming, a rotary shifter, upscale wood trim options, and premium materials. The Charger isn’t void of premium materials itself, but its looks are more muscular thanks to its T-grip shifter, bolstered seats, and wild SRT interior touches on higher-trimmed models.

Advantage: 2019 Chrysler 300

  • Tiny advantage in rear-seat roominess
  • Luxurious interior options that rival true luxury rigs

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Charger

  • Sportier touches
  • SRT models bring on the heat with exclusive additions

Performance

These two FCA products share a pair of engines, but their tuning differs slightly. The 2019 Chrysler 300 comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 292 to 300 horsepower and 260 to 264 pound-feet of torque. The optional power unit is a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine with 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. Both engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the V-8 gets an upgraded unit with Auto-Stick.

The Dodge Charger comes standard with the same 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 292 to 300 horsepower and 260 to 264 pound-feet of torque. Also shared with the 300 is the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine, but the Charger is more powerful at 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. The 2019 Charger also has a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine that injects 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. Topping the range is the SRT Hellcat’s 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 with 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. All four engines pair with eight-speed automatic transmissions, but the V-8 engines use various upgraded versions of this transmission.

In the get-up-and-go department, the 300 and Charger are close with the 3.6-liter and 5.7-liter engines. The 2019 Chrysler 300 hits 60 mph in 6.3 seconds with its V-6 and 5.3 seconds with the Hemi V-8. The Charger V-6 hits 60 mph in 6.2 seconds while the R/T with the 5.7-liter Hemi does the same in 5.1 seconds. Where the Charger sets itself apart is with the 485-horsepower 6.4-liter and the 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter engine. Respectively, these versions of the Charger hit 60 mph in 4.1 and 3.4 seconds.

Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger buyers don’t get these cars for their fuel economy as none of them are stellar in that department. The 3.6-liter-equipped versions of both sedans are the thriftiest at 19 mpg city, 30 highway, and 23 combined. The 300 and Charger also share fuel economy numbers with the 5.7-liter V-8: 16 mpg city, 25 highway, and 19 combined. The Charger gets even thirstier when you move up in powertrains as the 6.4-liter engine gets 15 mpg city, 24 highway, and 18 combined, and the supercharged SRT Hellcat gets 13 mpg city, 22 highway, and 16 combined.

Advantage: 2019 Chrysler 300

  • Combination of power and class

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Charger

  • Raw power with 6.4- and 6.2-liter engines
  • Neck-snapping acceleration from SRT Hellcat

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chrysler 300 is available in five trims — 300 Touring, 300 Touring L, 300S, 300 Limited, and 300C. Prices are not available yet, but they will come soon.

The 2019 Dodge Charger has a larger lineup that covers more levels of performance. Its trim levels include SXT, SXT AWD, GT, R/T. R/T Scat Pack, and SRT Hellcat. Prices are also not available yet, but they will come soon.

2019 Chrysler 300 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

300 Touring: $TBD

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Dual exhaust with bright tips
  • Cruise control
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel independent touring suspension
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Body-color door handles
  • Acoustic front glass
  • Black grille with bright surround
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Halogen projector headlights
  • Chrome headlights bezels
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Power heated mirrors
  • 17-inch Fine Silver aluminum wheels
  • Power windows with one-touch up and down front windows
  • Power door locks
  • Two-speed variable intermittent wipers
  • Dual-zone auto climate control
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Charcoal wood hydrographic interior accents
  • Satin Chrome bezels
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Rotary shift knob
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Cloth seating
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Uconnect 4 with 8.4-­inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Voice recognition
  • Rearview camera

300 Touring L: $TBD

  • All 300 Touring features, plus
  • 18-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Eight-way power passenger seat
  • Nappa leather seating
  • Heated front seats
  • Security alarm

300S: $TBD

  • All 300 Touring L features, plus
  • Sport mode
  • Performance independent suspension
  • Black badging
  • Black grille with black-chrome surround
  • Black headlight bezels
  • LED fog lights
  • 20-inch Black Noise wheels
  • Piano-black and satin-chrome interior accents
  • Piano-black bezels
  • Sport seats
  • Premium speakers with a 276-watt amplifier

300 Limited: $TBD

  • All 300S features, plus
  • Touring suspension
  • Chrome badging
  • Bright door handles
  • Granite Crystal grille with chrome surround
  • Chrome headlamp bezels
  • Chrome mirrors
  • Auto-tilt reverse mirrors
  • Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat, mirrors, and steering wheel
  • 20-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Real Black Olive Ash Burl wood interior accents
  • Satin Chrome bezels
  • LED driver and front-­passenger lower front footwell lamps
  • LED-­illuminated front and rear map pockets
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wood-and-leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Nappa perforated leather seats
  • Ventilated front seats

300C: $TBD

  • All 300 Limited features, plus
  • 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine
  • Paddle shifters
  • Performance brake kit
  • Sport mode
  • Platinum door handles
  • Black grille with Platinum surround
  • Adaptive bi-­xenon HID headlights
  • Platinum mirrors
  • 20-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Luxury front and rear floor mats
  • Real natural-­pore Mocha wood interior trim
  • Premium steering wheel
  • Nappa luxury perforated and quilted leather seats

2019 Dodge Charger Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SXT: $TBD

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Dual exhaust with bright tips
  • Remote ignition
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel touring suspension
  • Keyless ignition
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Acoustic front and side glass
  • Gloss-black grille with gloss-black crosshairs
  • Automatic headlights
  • Bi-­functional halogen projector headlights with LED accents
  • LED daytime running lights
  • 17-inch Fine Silver-painted wheels
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down front windows
  • Power door locks
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Dual-zone manual climate control
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • 140-mph speedometer
  • Dark Dub Plate interior accents
  • Front and rear reading lamps, with map and courtesy lamps
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Black cloth seats
  • Eight-way power passenger seat
  • Six-way power driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Dual USB ports
  • Uconnect 4 with 7-­inch touchscreen
  • AM/FM audio system with Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Voice control
  • Hill-start assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Keyless entry and ignition

SXT AWD: $TBD

  • All SXT features, plus
  • All-wheel drive with front-axle disconnect
  • Performance brakes
  • Gloss Black fascia applique
  • Heated mirrors
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • 19-inch machined wheels
  • Dual-­zone automatic temperature control with humidity sensor
  • Dodge Performance Pages
  • Auto-­dimming rearview
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Paddle shifters
  • Performance steering wheel
  • Premium speakers
  • Uconnect 4C with 8.4-­inch touchscreen

GT: $TBD

  • All SXT features, plus
  • Three-mode electronic stability control
  • Performance suspension
  • Performance grille
  • Projector LED fog lights
  • Aluminum performance hood with functional hood scoop
  • Power-­heated mirrors
  • Body-­color performance spoiler
  • 20-­inch Granite Crystal wheels
  • Bright pedals
  • Dual-­zone automatic temperature control with humidity sensor
  • Dodge Performance Pages
  • Front and rear LED map pockets
  • Auto-­dimming rearview
  • Black cloth performance seats
  • Eight-­way power driver’s seat
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Six premium speakers
  • Uconnect 4C with 8.4-­inch touchscreen

R/T: $TBD

  • 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi engine
  • Electronically tuned active stainless steel exhaust
  • 160-mph speedometer
  • Spare tire delete

R/T Scat Pack: $TBD

  • All R/T features, plus
  • 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine
  • Brembo fixed calipers four-­piston
  • Black-painted calipers
  • Anti-slip differential
  • Severe-duty cooling system
  • Launch assist
  • Launch control
  • Line lock
  • High-performance suspension
  • Scat Pack-exclusive grille
  • Matte-black performance rear spoiler
  • 20-inch Black Noise wheels
  • 180-mph speedometer
  • SRT Performance badges
  • Black cloth performance seats with Scat Pack Bee logo,
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Security alarm

SRT Hellcat: $TBD

  • All R/T Scat Pack, plus
  • 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 engine
  • Six-piston Brembo front brakes
  • Red-painted calipers
  • Intercooler
  • Performance-tuned steering system
  • Competition suspension
  • Adaptive damping
  • Torque reserve
  • Bi-­functional HID projector headlights with LED accents
  • Aluminum performance hood with functional hood scoop and heat extractors
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Body-­color performance spoiler
  • 20-­inch low-g­loss-black wheels
  • 200-mph speedometer
  • Red-faced gauges
  • Dark Engine Turn aluminum interior trim
  • Driver and passenger lower ambient LED lamps
  • Ventilated Laguna leather seats with Hellcat logo
  • Heated rear seats
  • Premium-leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Premium-leather-wrapped SRT flat-bottom steering wheel

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chrysler 300?

Looking for a luxurious cruiser that is more than comfortable with some straight-line acceleration? The Chrysler 300 gives you a nice balance of the two.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Dodge Charger?

The 2019 Dodge Charger is perfect for buyers who has a love affair with classic muscle cars but require four doors. From its respectable base V-6 engine to its certifiably insane 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, this sedan has something for everyone.

Still not sure whether you would prefer to cruise the streets of Orange Park, Jacksonville, or Fleming Island in the 2019 Dodge Charger or 2019 Chrysler 300? Come by our new-car showroom serving the Green Cove Springs, Florida area. If you can’t make it into our showroom today, you can also check out our online inventory to see our selection of Chrysler 300s and Dodge Chargers.

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