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Consumer Reports Picks Chrysler 300 over Lexus LS

Discussion in 'Mopar / FCA News' started by HoboChangba, Jul 9, 2020.

  1. HoboChangba

    HoboChangba Well-Known Member

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    My sister-in-law left her July 2020 CU magazine here and there is a comparo in the back of the magazine called Luxury On A Budget.

    They clearly picked the 300 AWD Limited by a score of 78 for the 300 and 52 for the Lexus.

    Price 300 = 45,835
    Lexus LS = 103,899

    The roomy 300 has remained basically the same for the past 15 years, which is really the point.
    This comfortable, reliable cruiser boasts a plush, quiet ride; a well-tailored interior; and dignified
    exterior styling. It rivals more-expensive European sedans. You can load up a 300 with ADAS
    features and luxury options for a truly high-end driving experience, and it's still less than half the price of the Lexus LS.

    The Lexus they called the Luxury Letdown. Poor rear seat comfort and cargo space, with controls that are confusing and distracting to use. And it once vaunted ride comfort no longer stands out. The new turbo 6 has a notable delay off the line and overall, it's just not as smooth as the previous V8.
     
  2. hmk123

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    Did we just enter a parallel universe and I didn’t get the memo? :)
     
  3. CDJSalesPro

    CDJSalesPro Allpar Legacy

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    Between this nonsense and the latest JD Powers Dodge now being #1
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    Its the year 2020. I mentioned that in another thread. We're clearly in some sort of parallel universe. Somebody get Ecto-1 out here!
     
  6. Tony K

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    I think I'm going to start digging a bomb shelter :D.
     
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    Budget? $103,000. I know I am getting a little out of it as a senior, I was not aware that $103000 was a budget choice.
     
  9. aldo90731

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    I wouldn’t get too excited. This being Consumer Reports, someone will find out that they are praising a Chrysler and will nail it in six months.
     
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    If the 300 production lasts 6 more months...
     
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    Next question: will this have any bearing on sales?
    300 was a Budget Choice, against the "Full-priced Luxury" of the Lexus.

    I do know someone who dropped a little over six figures on a Lexus LS - a V8 model. New cost was about €115,000. Just under two years later, he was offered €35,000 by the same Lexus dealer for it as trade-in value against a new car. Personally, I can think of so many better ways to burn €80,000 on a car than owing a Lexus for two years, but hey, I don't have the head for business that he had... :rolleyes:
     
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    FreeLantz Well-Known Jeeper

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    Who thought comparing those two cars made sense? Nobody buying an LS is cross-shopping Chrysler.

    The LS is not the great car it once was. It has also fallen completely out of recognition with most consumers, so I guess it does have that in common with the 300.
     
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    $45k for a 300? o_O

    I think we might have found part of the sales problem.
     
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    Plus. Thanks to our "wonderful" marketing........nobody knows the 300 even exists anymore.
     
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    I'm not sure why people are beefing at $45 K for a great vehicle? Many of you shell out much more for a Ram or Jeep, and I don't see much complaining over that. The last thing I want to see are a bunch of discounted stripper 300's sitting on a used car lot somewhere. Either the car is worth the asking price, or not. Bargain hunting is fine, but driving down the value of the brand isn't.( see DCX years, just prior to bankruptcy ) One oF Sergio's better ideas was to spend money on the car in 2011/2012, basically saved the model, IMO.
     
  16. Dave Z

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    The suspension tuning is very different, the interior's totally changed twice, the electronics architecture was completely replaced, the base engine and transmission were both totally replaced (“all new”), ... lots of changes over 15 years including “the basics.”

    The ride isn't really plush but it is quiet. No objections on the rest.

    Thanks for posting the CR notes!
     
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  17. CDJSalesPro

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    The current 300cant even compete with Hyundai GenisisG80 [​IMG] [​IMG]

    comparing it to a Lexus LS is just silly...... I have been saying this for a couple years now........ I am loosing customers to Hyundai its just embarrassing..........
     
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  18. hmk123

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    The 300 could use an interior and probably another grill update. Rest looks fine IMHO. Bit concerning is a guy down the street has a 2014 SRT and had quite a few problems with the dash material lifting, etc. Hope they fixed that...
     
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    Fiat has all but given up on Chrysler and it shows. I'm depressed by it, quite frankly. That is outstanding.
     
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    The interior styling and colors are perfect. Wow!
     

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