2011 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
vs. 2011 Chrysler
300 300C

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6

9.8

starting from

$42,605
"The biggest surprise though, would have to be the transmission...we were glad to have it."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's transmission
"The FE3 suspension on our tester manages the car’s considerable weight with supreme competence, keeping body motions in check through quick switchbacks."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Cadillac CTS 3.6

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Great braking distance from 60mph
108 ft
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Average highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
2011 Chrysler 300 300C

9.6

Runner-up

Chrysler 300 300C

starting from

$41,145

Reasons to buy the Chrysler 300 300C

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Power outlets
Standard
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Very spacious back seats
50.7 ft3
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More airbags
6
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • The CTS 3.6's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The CTS 3.6 has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Practicality 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Winner: 300 300C
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  • The 300 300C's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS 3.6
  • The 300 300C has 2 more cupholders, 6 vs 4
  • The 300 300C's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the CTS 3.6
Cost 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • Gets 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 15 mpg
Safety Features 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Winner: 300 300C
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  • The 300 300C has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs -
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  • Fairly powerful
  • Both provide sporty handling
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • The CTS 3.6 has extraordinary brakes, and the 300 300C is pretty good, too
  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The CTS 3.6 has more speakers, but the 300 300C has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The CTS 3.6 has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with an entertainment system

Practicality

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 486 miles vs 439 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 13.6 ft3 vs 16.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.0 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 The 300 300C has roomy front seats and the CTS 3.6 is OK
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folding rear seats Optional vs Standard A standard folding rear seat on the 300 300C is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the CTS 3.6
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The 300 300C's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS 3.6
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The 300 300C's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the CTS 3.6
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The 300 300C has a good number of cupholders, but the CTS 3.6 is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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MSRP $42,605 vs $41,145 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 15 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The CTS 3.6's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the 300 300C's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The CTS 3.6's basic warranty is long lasting, but the 300 300C's is very short

Safety Features

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The 300 300C has a good number of airbags, but the CTS 3.6 is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs Uconnect

Luxury Features

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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Horsepower 304 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 363 HP @ 5,200 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The 300 300C's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.7 lb/hp vs 12.4 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The 300 300C has a good drivetrain for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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0-60 mph 6.5 seconds vs 5.5 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 108 ft vs 120 ft The CTS 3.6 has extraordinary brakes, and the 300 300C is pretty good, too
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1/4 mile 14.9 s @ 95 mph vs 14.0 s @ 101 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.84 g vs 0.84 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 146 mph vs Unknown

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