Comparison: 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited vs. 2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 vs. 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited

Matt Tierney


2011 Chrysler 300 Limited V-6
Base Price:
Price as Tested: $42,770

3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 292 hp @ 6350 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel

L x W x H:
198.6 x 75.0 x 58.7 in
Legroom F/R: 41.8/40.1 in
Headroom F/R: 36.9/36.9 in
Cargo capacity: 16.3 cu ft
Curb Weight: 4006 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 18/27 mpg

2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8
Base Price:
Price as Tested: $43,050

3.8-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 333 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 291 lb-ft at 5100 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel

L x W x H:
196.3 x 74.4 x 58.3 in
Legroom F/R: 44.3/38.6 in
Headroom F/R: 40.4/37.7 in
Cargo capacity: 15.9 cu ft
Curb Weight: 3824 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 19/29 mpg

2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
Base Price:
Price as Tested: $38,884

3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 268 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel

L x W x H:
197.6 x 72.8 x 58.5 in
Legroom F/R: 41.3/40.9 in
Headroom F/R: 38.9/37.5 in
Cargo capacity: 14.4 cu ft
Curb Weight: 3616 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 20/29 mpg

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there are quite a number of gentlemen turning over in their graves right now to find out a chrysler 300 is being compared to the likes of a hyundai and toyota. whoda thunk it back in 1958? when this was considered luxury of the cadillac, imperial, lincoln category? Makes you wonder what chrysler was thinking doesnt it? They really should stop producing cars or at least stop using the name that once was likened to luxury and performance.
Why do journalists continue to use phrases such as "American swagger" and "American muscle" to describe cars produced in Canada? Is it because Canada is in North America?
I'd take the Genesis everyday of the week over the Mopar. I like the Avalon but the Genesis has more of the styling I prefer.
Amazing, every other article I have read puts the 300 in forst place. The interior of the 300 is definitely more upscale than th Hyundai and makes the Toyota seem cheap. The Chrsyler is the only one in the group with true luxry car underpinnings, the chassis is an E Class, the old reliable 5 speed automatic ia a Benz units, as is the suspension and steering. I own an 05 Magnum R/T, built with the same parts, 130,000 miles and completely reliable. Buy the Mopar.
@Bran0Where are numbers for the 2012 Genesis V6? I'm guessing it's quieter than the R spec, and I believe the 2012 has additional sound insulation. Test drove the Genesis V6 a few years ago and it was very quiet. The way I see it, the 300 could well have the noisiest cabin in this company.
Some observations seems to be a little fishy.Insideline tests showed that 300 is significantly quieter.Road noise @70mph cruise2012 Genesis R spec - 64.1db2009 Genesis V6 - 63.5db2011 Chrysler 300 V6 - 61.5db 2011 Bentley Mulsanne - 60.1dbTop Gear review of 300c over rough British roads, and we all know how they "like" American cars."Quieter than a submarine with its engines off, and with a ride quality that would make a magic carpet seem harsh, the new 300 now does luxury-car waft better than cars 10 times its price."
A fair article that seems to cover many aspects of the trade for the large sedan segment. However, this part is absurd => "The 300 also admits the most road and wind noise to the cabin." This not only ontradicts every other review of the 2011 300 but also the ones with similar comparo's to the Genesis and/or Avalon. Automobile MAG should either post their recorded decibels numbers (at idle and speed) to back this or have their testers hearing checked!
The Hyundai looks like the box the Toyota came in minus the Toyota emblem Give me the Chrysler anyday over these two losers.

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