Lincoln Continental Vs. Chrysler 300: Used American Sedan Showdown
The 10th-generation Lincoln Continental has much in common with the doomed Chrysler 300. Both historic nameplates are rooted in classic motor Americana, and both modern interpretations represent the poshest of the marques’ modern sedan offerings. However, there can be only one victor in the crucible of used luxury sedans. So, does the 2020 Lincoln Continental hold a candle to the soon-to-be-discontinued 2023 Chrysler 300?
Is the Lincoln Continental a big car?
The 10th-generation Lincoln Continental rides on a lengthened version of the Ford CD4 platform, longer than the MKZ and Fusion sedans. Moreover, the Continental is longer, wider, and heavier than a comparable Chrysler 300.
|Make and model||Length||Width||Curb weight|
|2020 Lincoln Continental||201.4 inches||75.3 inches||4,224 lbs|
|2023 Chrysler 300||198.6 inches||75 inches||4,013 lbs|
Of course, adding all-wheel drive (AWD) to either model will pump up the curb weight considerably.
Is the Chrysler 300S a V6 or V8?
The Chrysler 300S is the only model in the nameplate’s lineup with a choice of engines: a standard 3.6L V6 or optional HEMI V8. Furthermore, 2023, the model’s swan-song year, includes a limited-edition 300C with a Scat Pack-esque 6.4L V8.
|2023 Chrysler 300 Engine Option||Horsepower/Torque||Trims|
|3.6L Pentastar V6||292 HP/ 260 lb-ft||Touring, Touring L|
|3.6L Pentastar V6||300 HP/ 264 lb-ft||300S|
|5.7L HEMI V8||363 HP/ 394 lb-ft||300S|
|6.4L HEMI V8||485 HP/ 475 lb-ft||300C|
Conversely, the 2020 Lincoln Continental tops out at 400 horsepower, courtesy of the model’s twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6. Still, despite the Chrysler’s higher horsepower V8 options, only the Pentastar V6 marries up to the model’s all-wheel drive (AWD).
|2020 Lincoln Continental Engine Option||Horsepower/Torque||Trims|
|3.7L V6||305 HP/ 280 lb-ft||Standard|
|Twin-turbocharged 2.7L V6||335 HP/ 380 lb-ft||Reserve, Black Label|
|Twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6||400 HP/ 400 lb-ft||Reserve, Black Label|
Can you still buy a new Lincoln Continental?
Lincoln discontinued the Continental in 2020 along with the MKZ. As a result, your only option for getting Lincoln’s last posh sedan is a used model from 2020 or before. Still, depreciation has reduced the average KBB value of the 2020 Continental to attainable levels.
|2020 Continental trim level||Fair purchase price|
However, fans who want a large, comfortable American sedan can still snag a 2023 Chrysler 300 before the model heads out of production. Moreover, the latest 300 sedans are comparably priced to the long-body Lincoln, aside from the limited-edition 300C.
|2023 Chrysler 300 trim||Starting price|
|300 Touring L||$39,790|
What car replaced the Lincoln Continental?
Lincoln didn’t replace the Continental with a sedan. Instead, the storied marque adopted an SUV-only lineup, producing the Aviator, Corsair, Nautilus, and Navigator as the brand’s only vehicles.
However, for a limited time, fans can still find their domestic luxury sedan in the Chrysler 300. Once the 300 rolls off into the sunset, the large, gas-powered American luxury sedan will also.
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