Safety-minded and big on passenger space, the 2020 Nissan Maxima and Chrysler 300 appeal to a wide range of drivers. At first glance, these sedans appear to have much in common. On closer inspection, however, it’s easy to choose the one that’s best for your daily drive.
Passenger Space: 2020 Chrysler 300
As a large sedan, the Chrysler 300 can help but deliver more legroom – especially in the rear seats. If you’ve got especially tall passengers to consider, give the 300 a spin. The 2020 Maxima is technically a midsize sedan, which makes it slightly smaller in stature. Inside, it might not be as big as the Chrysler 300, but it still gives you a lot of head- and legroom to work with.
Creature Comforts: 2020 Nissan Maxima
Here, the Maxima takes the lead. The cabin is quiet and comfortable, with plenty of seat cushioning in both rows. If you’ve got a long commute, add Nissan’s Zero Gravity front seats for even more comfort and support. The Maxima’s suspension does an excellent job of soaking up bumps in the road--maintaining a smooth performance when you least expect it.
The Chrysler 300 also puts an emphasis on cushy seating and a quiet cabin. You’ll also love this model’s luxurious style, with its high-quality materials and solid finish. However, we have one criticism: the ride is a bit too stiff for maximum comfort. Here, the Maxima definitely has it beat.
Commuter-Friendly Mileage: 2020 Nissan Maxima
Make the most out of your fuel budget with the 2020 Maxima. This friendly sedan earns 24 mpg combined (20 city/30 highway mpg), giving commuters one less thing to worry about. Keep in mind that the Chrysler 300 has two engine options, the base V6 and optional V8. The former is more efficient, coming in just behind the Maxima with 23 mpg combined (19/30 mpg). With the V8, those figures drop to 19 mpg combined (16/25 mpg).
Standard Safety: 2020 Nissan Maxima
The Maxima sets you up with the best safety lineup – and it does so at no extra cost. Every Maxima comes standard with a wide range of high-tech driver aids, including lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and front and rear automatic emergency braking. The blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is also standard, helping you avoid dust-ups with vehicles lurking outside your line of sight.
The Chrysler 300 offers a similar array of high-tech safety aids. However, to be able to use them, it’ll cost extra. Add the SafetyTec Plus package to your Chrysler 300 for features like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The Chrysler 300 might be the biggest of the pair, but the 2020 Nissan Maxima has much more to offer in terms of passenger comfort and thrifty performance. It even gives you a wealth of safety aids at no extra cost. If it were up to us, we’d choose the Maxima every time.