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The 2020 Lincoln Continental was the last year in the model’s tenure, barring a future resurrection by Ford and Lincoln. However, the Continental isn’t the only posh, domestic luxury sedan with a disappearing act; the Chrysler 300 will also ride off into the sunset after the 2023 model year. Still, both models offered grippy, all-wheel drive (AWD) options in their lineups, a feature that drivers in challenging climates tend to value. So, which AWD luxury car is the better bet, the 2020 Lincoln Continental or the Chrysler 300?

When was the last Lincoln Continental?

A Lincoln Continental shows off its interior.
A Continental’s interior | Ford

The 2020 Lincoln Continental was the final model year of the 10th-generation sedan on the Ford CD4 platform. Unfortunately for fans of the long-body luxury sedan, the marque hasn’t announced concrete plans to resurrect the nameplate. 

Incidentally, this isn’t the first time consumers couldn’t order a Continental. For instance, the 10th-generation model arrived with a new lease on life after a 14-year hiatus. Still, the Continental’s discontinuation wasn’t an isolated incident; the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger are also on the way out after the 2023 model year. Consequently, 2024 will host no domestic sedans from Ford, Lincoln, Chrysler, or Dodge.  

Which 2020 Lincoln Continental had AWD?

A white 2020 Lincoln Continental AWD cruises city streets.
2020 Lincoln Continental | Ford

The 2020 Lincoln Continental has optional AWD with its twin-turbo 2.7L V6 and 3.7L V6 mills. However, fans of luxury sleeper sedans will want the twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6, an engine option only available with the reassuring AWD platform, per TrueCar

Of course, the Continental isn’t the only late-model domestic sedan with grippy AWD; the LD-platform Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 offered optional AWD. Unlike the Continental, though, the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300-packed HEMI V8 options. 

However, fans who want four-wheeled grip channeling the fury of a 5.7, 6.4, or supercharged 6.2L V8 better be ready to build it themselves. Instead, the 3.6L Pentastar V6 is the only option for a late-model AWD Mopar sedan. 

How much horsepower does an AWD Chrysler 300 have?

A white Chrysler 300 AWD shows off its familiar fascia.
Chrysler 300 | Stellantis

The 2023 Chrysler 300 has two naturally aspirated (N/A) engine options: a 3.6L Pentastar V6 and a 5.7L HEMI V8. Of course, the 300’s AWD system is only available with the 300-horsepower V6. However, the most potent 300 model is the limited edition 300C.

3.6L Pentastar V6292-300 horsepower
5.7L HEMI V8363 horsepower
6.4L HEMI V8 (300C)485 horsepower

Still, even with 363 and 485-horsepower V8 options, the RWD 2023 Chrysler 300S and 300C aren’t as commute-friendly as the AWD 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 Continental. 

How big is the Chrysler 300?

The 2023 Chrysler 300 is a large sedan with similar dimensions to the Dodge Charger. However, the 300 is smaller and lighter than the 2020 Lincoln Continental. 

Make and modelLengthWidth (without mirrors)Weight
Chrysler 300 AWD198.6 inches75 inches4,267 lbs
Dodge Charger GT AWD198.4 inches75 inches4,205 lbs
Lincoln Continental AWD201.4 inches75.3 inches4,396 lbs

While all three luxury vehicles fit into the large car segment, the Continental is longer, wider, and heavier than the Charger and 300 sedans. Furthermore, despite the Continental’s lengthier footprint, the Lincoln sedan has less than half an extra cubic foot of volume on the 300. 

The now-discontinued Continental is larger, more spacious, and more powerful than a comparably AWD Chrysler 300. Which sure-footed luxury sedan would you choose? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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