2011 Chrysler
300 300C
vs. 2011 Lincoln
MKS

2011 Lincoln MKS

9.8

Winner

Lincoln MKS

starting from

$42,375
"Good power and fuel economy from the turbocharged V6."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKS's performance
"Has the potential to battle for the hearts and minds of luxury car buyers."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKS's external styling

Reasons to buy the Lincoln MKS

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Has a subwoofer
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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Good braking distance from 60mph
120 ft
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OK cornering
0.84 g
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More airbags
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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  • The MKS 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
Cost 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Lincoln MKS Winner: MKS
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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 more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 15 mpg
Practicality 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Winner: 300 300C
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  • Almost the same
  • The 300 300C's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the MKS
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 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
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300 300C
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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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 MKS has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Standard Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the MKS

Cost

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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MSRP $42,375 vs $41,145 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 15 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The MKS '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 MKS 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the 300 300C's is very short

Practicality

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
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300 300C
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 456 miles vs 439 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 18.4 ft3 vs 16.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.4 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The 300 300C's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the MKS
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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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 {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
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Cupholders 6 vs 6 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
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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 MKS 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 None vs Uconnect

Luxury Features

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
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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

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
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

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 363 HP @ 5,200 RPM The 300 300C is fairly powerful, but the MKS is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The MKS comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 300 300C
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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 15.4 lb/hp vs 12.4 lb/hp The 300 300C is a sporty car, while the MKS is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The 300 300C's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the MKS is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs Unknown

Road Tests

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MKS
2011 Lincoln MKS
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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0-60 mph 7.5 seconds vs 5.5 seconds The 300 300C has a good 0-60 time, but the MKS is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 120 ft The 300 300C has above average braking ability, but the MKS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.4 s @ 90 mph vs 14.0 s @ 101 mph The 300 300C's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the MKS 's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.84 g The 300 300C has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average MKS
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Top speed 134 mph vs Unknown

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