Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Accord Sedan VS 2017 Chrysler 300 Near Katy, TX

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2017 Honda Accord Sedan

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2017 Chrysler 300

Safety Comparison

Both the Accord Sedan and the 300 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and front parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Accord Sedan is safer than the Chrysler 300:

 

Accord Sedan

300

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

29%

31%

Neck Stress

209 lbs.

280 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

636/216 lbs.

617/568 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.9 inches

Neck Compression

53 lbs.

113 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

409/437 lbs.

504/415 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Accord Sedan is safer than the 300:

 

Accord Sedan

300

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

178

222

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

24 cm

28 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.47/.4 kN

3.7/3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.55/.61

1.21/.58

Tibia forces R/L

2.1/3.1 kN

3/4.7 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Accord Sedan is safer than the Chrysler 300:

 

Accord Sedan

300

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

161

236

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

150 G’s

315 G’s

Hip Force

388 lbs.

433 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

289

302

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

558 lbs.

910 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Accord Sedan, with its five-star roll-over rating, is 1.4% less likely to roll over than the 300, which received a four-star rating.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accord Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 300 was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The Accord Sedan’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the 300 runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Accord Sedan have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the 300.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Accord Sedan’s reliability will be 137% better than the 300.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accord Sedan third among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The 300 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 22nd.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Accord Sedan V6 is faster than the Chrysler 300 V8 (automatics tested):

 

Accord

300

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

5.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the 300:

 

 

Accord

300

 

2WD

4 cyl./Manual

23 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

4 cyl./Auto

27 city/36 hwy

n/a

 

 

Sport 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/34 hwy

n/a

 

 

V6/Auto

21 city/33 hwy

19 city/31 hwy

V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

16 city/25 hwy

V8/Auto

AWD

 

n/a

18 city/27 hwy

V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 300 with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Accord Sedan stops shorter than the 300:

 

Accord

300

 

80 to 0 MPH

223 feet

231 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Accord Sedan Sport/Touring’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 300S/300C Platinum’s 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 300 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Accord Sedan EX handles at .87 G’s, while the 300 Limited pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Accord Sedan Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 300 (26.6 seconds vs. 27.2 seconds).

For better maneuverability, the Accord Sedan LX/EX’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the 300’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Accord Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 800 pounds less than the Chrysler 300.

The Accord Sedan is 6.1 inches shorter than the 300, making the Accord Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Accord Sedan V6 (except 4 cyl.) has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The 300 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The Accord Sedan uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 300 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Accord Sedan EX is quieter than the 300S:

 

Accord Sedan

300

At idle

38 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Accord Sedan has .5 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more front legroom than the 300.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Accord Sedan easier. The Accord Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 27.8 inches, while the 300’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Accord offers cargo security. The 300’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the Accord Sedan the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the 300 can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord Sedan is less expensive to operate than the 300 because it costs $126 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Accord Sedan than the 300, including $132 less for a water pump, $514 less for an alternator, $72 less for front brake pads, $243 less for a timing belt/chain and $723 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Accord Sedan will be $10576 to $12369 less than for the Chrysler 300.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Accord Sedan has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Accord Sedan

300

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The 2017 Accord was chosen one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” and has been for the past 31 years. The 300 hasn’t been picked since 2007.

The 2016 Accord was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” and has been for 2 of the last 4 years. The 300 hasn’t been picked since 2007.

The Honda Accord outsold the Chrysler 300 by over six to one during the 2016 model year.

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