Refined comfort or race-inspired performance, which would you rather experience? The 2021 Dodge Charger and the 2021 Chrysler 300 are marketed to entirely different clientele.
Each model offers a unique flavor that separates it from the rest of the dwindling large sedan class. But which one should you choose if you’re just looking for the better car? Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of what you should consider when comparing the Charger to the 300.
The 2021 Dodge Charger and 2021 Chrysler 300 have a lot in common
Don’t let appearances fool you. The upscale 300 is incredibly similar to the performance-oriented Charger. In fact, these models are even manufactured in the same plant.
While its upscale design and premium cabin set it apart, the 300 features the same standard powertrain as Dodge’s sport sedan. A 292-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel-drive system powers both models.
Shoppers also have the option to add an all-wheel-drive system to the base trim of either sedan.
The base 2021 Dodge Charger can’t hang with its corporate cousin
If you’re not opting to take advantage of the Charger’s high-octane trim levels, shouldn’t you treat yourself to something more refined? After all, these models have similar driving dynamics; so, you won’t miss out on too much performance.
Starting at $30,445, the base 2021 Chrysler 300 is well-equipped with upscale materials. The U.S. News & World Report noted that “Even the plastic surfaces on the doors and dash are soft to the touch.” Additionally, the publication gave the 300 a higher rating in predicted reliability than it gave the Charger.
This interior quality is a noticeable step up from the performance-oriented 2021 Dodge Charger. Meanwhile, the 300 also offers another crucial advantage over its cousin.
Chrysler equipped its large sedan with a standard 8.4-inch touchscreen display. Charger SXT owners will have to settle for a seven-inch touchscreen display.
Both Stellantis sedans are short on safety
Unfortunately, neither sedan comes with many standard smart safety systems, which hurts each model’s overall safety rating.
You’ll get a rearview camera no matter which vehicle you choose. However, the Charger has the added bonus of rear parking sensors. Additionally, Dodge offers driver-assistance technologies via optional packages on the 2021 Charger’s base trim.
Adding the Technology Group ($1,895) affords you lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and automatic cruise control. Plus, you can add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert via the Driver Convenience Group ($1,295.)
2021 Chrysler 300 shoppers will have to upgrade to the Touring L to add safety packages. The SafetyTec Plus Group ($2,395) includes the same key features found in the 2021 Dodge Charger’s Technology Group.
But on the plus side, the 300 Touring L comes standard with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.
The more you spend, the less appealing the faux-luxe 2021 Chrysler 300 becomes
It’s tempting to pair these big-bodied sedans with a V8 engine for some extra get-up-and-go. However, only one model truly deserves the V8 treatment.
Notably, the 2021 Chrysler 300S has an enhanced V6 engine that makes 300 hp, but it has a starting MSRP of $37,395. Meanwhile, you could save $400 by purchasing a Charger R/T, which comes with a 370-hp V8 engine.
It’ll cost you $41,395 to add a V8 to the 2021 Chrysler 300S. Unfortunately, that’s just too much money for what you’ll get in return. Its 363-hp V8 engine isn’t dull, but it can’t match the Charger’s performance returns.
Additionally, the 2021 Dodge Charger features plenty of sporty upgrades as you go up in trim level. For instance, the GT ($31,995 MSRP) model adds a hood scoop and a rear spoiler. The Scat Pack ($41,095 MSRP) affords you launch control, an enhanced cooling system, Brembo brakes, a sport suspension, and a limited-slip rear differential.
Then, of course, there are the rowdy Hellcat trims. The most affordable version has a $69,995 starting MSRP, and you’ll get a 717-hp supercharged V8 engine. But as if that weren’t enough, Dodge offers the 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye for $78,595. This model’s supercharged V8 is tuned to produce 797-hp, making it the most powerful production car on the market.
The final verdict: Your budget determines the winner
Are you willing to spend over $40,000 on your next car? If so, then don’t hesitate to purchase the 2021 Dodge Charger. Its thrilling performance and sporty enhancements make it well worth the money.
Meanwhile, you can do better than the 2021 Chrysler 300 if you’re looking for a luxurious sedan at this price.
However, those who want to stick with a base model may be better off in the more comfortable and refined 300. After all, you won’t be winning any races at the track. So, you might as well stick with the car that’ll enhance your morning commute.