2015 Chrysler 300 vs. 2015 Hyundai Genesis
If you're the kind of person who enjoys the finer things in life, then you probably also want a car that offers exceptional style and performance.
And if you're a particularly savvy shopper, you probably already know that you don't have the break the bank to get those things.
The 2015 Chrysler 300 is the perfect example. It's built in America with the finest craftsmanship you'll come across and state-of-the-art systems that make every drive a gratifying experience.
Though there are other models on the market that claim to meet the same high standards, they really just can't compare.
For instance, Hyundai's recent model, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, is advertised as the classiest sedan you can get, but its unreasonable pricing and lacking design and features leave it wanting.
No one knows luxury like Chrysler. But if you're not convinced yet, just look at the details below. You'll find that Chrysler does it better and does it for less with the 300.
Right off the bat, you'll notice that the Chrysler 300 is priced much more affordably than the Genesis with an MSRP of $31,395. Hyundai's model starts at a substantially higher $38,000.
The 300 is also offered in more trims, making it easier for buyers to get the package they want at a reasonable price. Even Chrysler's top 300 model comes in under $45,000.
In contrast, the Genesis only offers three different models, and the premium one costs upwards of $50,000.
Truly Elegant Looks
The 300 has been given a sharp exterior update and sports classic but fresh styling, whereas a cohesive design just isn't fully there yet with the Genesis.
Hyundai's four-door is still dragged down by an economy sedan vibe, and it doesn't stand out as a luxury car. However, the 300's bold classy lines distinguish it as Chrysler's flagship model.
Hyundai is just starting out in the high end market and hasn't mastered the finesse it takes to deliver genuine luxury.
On the other hand, Chrysler has been giving brands like Lexus and Mercedes-Benz a run for their money for years because Chrysler can produce a car that's just as elegant without it costing nearly as much.
The brand new eight-speed automatic transmission on all Chrysler 300 models offers smooth transitions and excellent fuel economy.
And the 300 has better efficiency ratings than the Genesis, getting 31 miles per gallon on the highway compared to Hyundai's 29 mpg.
Though lavish surroundings are a big reason to invest in a luxury vehicle, you certainly still want the functionality of a well-designed sedan.
In the Genesis, the rear seats don't fold down, making it impossible to change up the configuration when you need to. Even in a sedan, it's nice to have some flexibility.
The Chrysler 300's standard rear folding seat offers just that, making it easier to fit luggage or the spoils of a day of shopping without having to cram items in.
And the 300 has a slightly larger trunk, offering 16.3 cubic feet of space compared to the Genesis' 15.3 cubic feet.
With Chrysler's model, your passengers won't feel crowded either. There is a significant difference between the legroom that the 300 offers for backseat passengers and the amount of space your traveling companions have to work with in the Genesis.
The 300 has 40.1 inches to stretch out in, and the Genesis only has 35. That's a 6-inch difference, which is a pretty big deal if you're the person who's stuck in the rear seat.
And since it's the little things that truly make a car convenient once you get used to driving it every day, it's important to mention that the 300's designers thought of amenities that Hyundai simply didn't.
For instance, the 300 has two more cupholders than the Genesis, giving it a total of six. It's those thoughtful details that make a car comfortable and inviting.
Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment is raved about industry-wide for being the best system available. Digital Trends endorses it as a recommended product and says that it "sets the gold standard for in-car infotainment."
Though Hyundai's Blue Link isn't embarrassingly far behind, it definitely isn't on the same level as Uconnect. With only a 3.5-star rating from Digital Trends, it falls somewhere in the middle. Not terrible but not great either.
Digital Trends notes that "Blue Link lacks a truly intuitive user interface, which makes it difficult to actually access many of the system's features."
A distracting setup of controls is the last thing you want to deal with while you're trying to focus on the road. That's why Uconnect keeps things simple and user-friendly so you can pay attention to your driving.
For the same reason, the 300 also comes standard with speed-sensitive volume control, a feature that's only optional in the base model Genesis.
And Chrysler's luxury car incorporates voice activated audio controls, another feature you won't get from Hyundai.
Both the 300 and the Genesis offer V6 and V8 engine options. But one of these things is not like the other.
Both of Chrysler's engines are known for being quite capable and supplying plenty of power to move the 300 energetically. The V8 gives an extra lively performance for those who like an extremely vigorous ride. The V6 in the Genesis is also considered adequate when it comes to powering the vehicle; however, Hyundai's V8 is a different story.
If you're an enthusiast who's hoping to get some added spark by going for an optional engine upgrade, Hyundai's sedan won't be able to deliver.
A review of the 2015 Genesis from Edmunds notes that the V8 has "low-end punch," and Edmunds adds: "In fact, the only reason we can see to get the 5.0 over the 3.8 is if you really feel the need to tell people that you sprung for the V8."
You definitely don't want to fall for a car that's all talk and no action. If you like your luxury with some added oomph, the Chrysler 300 is the car that's ready to satisfy.