2011 Chrysler
300 300C
vs. 2011 Lincoln
MKS Ecoboost

2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost

9.8

starting from

$49,265
"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 Ecoboost

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2011 Chrysler 300 300C

9.6

Runner-up

Chrysler 300 300C

starting from

$38,995

Reasons to buy the Chrysler 300 300C

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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
6
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Folding rear seats
Standard
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost Winner: MKS Ecoboost
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  • The MKS Ecoboost's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost Winner: MKS Ecoboost
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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 around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 16 mpg
Practicality 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Winner: 300 300C
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  • The 300 300C's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the MKS Ecoboost
  • The 300 300C's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the MKS Ecoboost
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
  • Fairly powerful
  • Both provide sporty handling
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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MKS Ecoboost
2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
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 Ecoboost 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 Ecoboost

Cost

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MKS Ecoboost
2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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MSRP $49,265 vs $38,995 The 300 300C has a reasonable price, while the MKS Ecoboost is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 16 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The MKS Ecoboost'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 Ecoboost's basic warranty is long lasting, but the 300 300C's is very short

Practicality

Lincoln
MKS Ecoboost
2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost
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 475 miles vs 478 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 Ecoboost
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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 300 300C's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the MKS Ecoboost
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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 Ecoboost
2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost
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 MKS Ecoboost 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 Ecoboost
2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost
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

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MKS Ecoboost
2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost
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 Ecoboost
2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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Horsepower 355 HP @ 5,700 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 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 Ecoboost comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 300 300C
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The MKS Ecoboost's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.1 lb/hp vs 11.8 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The MKS Ecoboost has a good drivetrain for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.7 ft vs Unknown

Road Tests

Lincoln
MKS Ecoboost
2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Chrysler
300 300C
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0-60 mph 6.0 seconds vs 5.5 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 120 ft The 300 300C has above average braking ability, but the MKS Ecoboost is quite bad
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1/4 mile 14.7 s @ 99 mph vs 14.0 s @ 101 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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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 Ecoboost
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Top speed 134 mph vs Unknown

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