Chrysler 300 Vs. Buick LaCrosse

By Justin Cupler | April 29th, 2019

Large sedans are perfect for families with older kids, but they also fit the needs of empty nesters looking for a roomy sedan to haul friends around in or just head out on a weekend getaway in Orange Park. The 2019 Chrysler 300 and 2019 Buick LaCrosse can handle these responsibilities and more, but which is the better choice for our Jacksonville area car shoppers? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

Few new large sedans today are anywhere near as American as the Chrysler 300. It boasts the traditional three-box look with a flat nose, bold grille, and broad shoulder that underlined all American cars decades ago. This may not appeal to all buyers, but those with some love for nostalgia will appreciate its design.

If the 300 is distinctly American, the 2019 Buick Lacrosse is distinctly European with its rounded body and coupe-like rear glass. Being what some call a sub-luxury sedan, the 2019 Buick LaCrosse is decked out from its base trim through the range-topping Avenir model, but it lacks the luxury car panache. Still, its base model looks more premium than the base 300 thanks to its bright body accents and wheels.

In terms of size, the 2019 Chrysler 300 is larger in every dimension, which makes the LaCrosse easier to handle in tight spaces.  

 

Measurement 2019 Chrysler 300 2019 Buick LaCrosse Difference
Length 198.6 inches 197.5 inches +1.1 inches
Width 75 inches 73.5 inches +1.5 inches
Height 58.5 to 59.2 inches 57.5 inches +1 to +1.7 inches
Wheelbase 120.2 inches 114.4 inches +5.8 inches
Ground Clearance 4.7 to 5 inches
Curb weight 4,013 to 4,380 pounds 3,490 to 3,840 pounds +523 to +540 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Chrysler 300

  • Classic good looks
  • Sporty take in the S and C trims
  • Distinctly American

Advantage: 2019 Buick LaCrosse

  • European swoopiness
  • Smaller footprint
  • More premium look in base model

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Chrysler 300’s retro feel continues with its simple, clean layout with limited buttons and knobs. Despite its simplicity, the 2019 300 still has plenty of features younger buyers desire, including the Uconnect 8.4-inch infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Plus, moving into the C and Limited trims piles on the premium features and materials, including Nappa leather and a two-tone “luxury” steering wheel.

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse’s cabin boasts a more wing-like dash, which is popular in the luxury segment. This gives the LaCrosse’s cabin a wider look that is enhanced by air vents flanking the touchscreen and the horizontal dash applique. When you move into the Avenir model, the LaCrosse tickles the luxury-car segment with its premium leather, electric gear shifter, and more.

Being a larger car, the 2019 Chrysler 300 has more interior space than the LaCrosse. It crushes the Buick in shoulder and hip room, and rear legroom.

 

Measurement 2019 Chrysler 300 2019 Buick LaCrosse Difference
Front headroom 36.9 to 38.6 inches 38.4 inches -1.5 to +0.2 inches
Front legroom 41.8 inches 42 inches -0.2 inches
Front shoulder room 59.5 inches 57.7 inches +1.8 inches
Front hip room 56.2 inches 54.8 inches +1.4 inches
Rear headroom 36.9 to 37.9 inches 37.2 inches -0.3 to +0.7 inches
Rear legroom 40.1 inches 38 inches +2.1 inches
Rear shoulder room 57.7 inches 56.6 inches +1.1 inches
Rear hip room 56.1 inches 55.1 inches +1 inch
Cargo room 16.3 cubic feet 14.3 to 15 cubic feet +1.3 to 2 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Chrysler 300

  • Wider seats
  • Toned-down interior
  • Lower-cost base model is still comfortable

Advantage: 2019 Cadillac XTS

  • Luxurious cabin from start to finish
  • More cargo room
  • Higher luxury ceiling

Performance

Large sedans generally come standard with V-6 engines, but the 2019 LaCrosse strays from this path with its base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and eAssist mild-hybrid system. This system pushes 194 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission and out to the front wheels.

There is also an optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine that pumps 310 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission. With the V-6 engine, buyers can pick from front- or all-wheel drive.

 

The Chrysler 300 boasts a standard 3.6-liter V-6 with up to 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque that heads through an eight-speed transmission on its way to the rear or all four wheels. There is also an optional 5.7-liter V-8 engine that pushes its output to 363 horses and 394 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 also pairs with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, but it is only available with rear-wheel drive.

The Chrysler 300 sprints to 60 mph in a respectable 6.3 to 6.5 seconds with its V-6 engine and 5.3 seconds with the V-8. The base LaCrosse is a ton slower at 7.8 seconds, but the V-6 model comes close to the 300 with the V-8 at 5.6 seconds. Though the LaCrosse is the slower of the two, its big advantage comes in fuel economy.

 

2019 Chrysler 300 2019 Buick LaCrosse Difference
Standard engine 3.6-liter V-6 2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 292 to 300 hp at 6,350 rpm 194 hp at 6,300 rpm +98 to +106 hp
Torque 260 to 264 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm 187 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm +73 to +77 lb-ft
Transmission 8-spd auto 6-spd auto
Driveline RWD (std.) / AWD (opt.) FWD
0-60 time 6.3 to 6.5 seconds 7.8 seconds -1.5 to -1.3 seconds
MPG City 18 to 19 mpg 25 mpg 7 to -4 mpg
MPG Highway 27 to 30 mpg 35 mpg 8 to -5 mpg
MPG Combined 21 to 23 mpg 29 mpg 8 to -5 mpg
Optional engine 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 3.6-liter V-6
Horsepower 363 hp at 5,200 rpm 310 hp at 6,800 rpm +53 hp
Torque 394 lb-ft at 4,200 rpm 268 lb-ft at 5,200 rpm +126 lb-ft
Transmission 8-spd auto 9-spd auto
Driveline RWD FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 5.3 seconds 5.6 seconds -0.3 seconds
MPG City 16 mpg 20 mpg -4 mpg
MPG Highway 25 mpg 29 to 30 mpg -5 to -4 mpg
MPG Combined 19 mpg 23 to 24 mpg -5 to -4 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Chrysler 300

  • Big 0-to-60 advantage in the base model
  • Traditional rear-wheel-drive setup
  • Big-time V-8 performance

Advantage: 2019 Buick LaCrosse

  • Huge fuel economy advantage
  • Smoother, quieter ride

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chrysler 300 is available in five trims — Touring, Touring L, S, Limited, and C — and their starting prices range from $29,220 to $41,695.

 

There are six trim levels in the 2019 Buick LaCrosse lineup: 1SV, Preferred, Essence, Premium, Sport Touring, and Avenir. These trims’ starting prices range from $30,495 to $45,795.

2019 Chrysler 300 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Touring: $29,220

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 17-inch Fine Silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Dual exhaust with bright tips
  • Electric power steering
  • Touring suspension
  • Body-color door handles
  • Acoustic windshield and front-side glass
  • Black grille with bright surround
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Bi-functional halogen projector lights
  • Chrome headlights bezels
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Power, heated mirrors
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down front windows
  • Two-speed variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power door locks
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Charcoal interior with hydrographic designs,
  • Satin-chrome bezels
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Rotary shift knob
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Cloth seating
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/HD Radio audio system
  • Uconnect 4C with 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • Two USB ports
  • Cruise control
  • Proximity entry
  • Keyless ignition
  • Brake assist
  • Rain brake support
  • Ready alert braking
  • Hill-start assist
  • Rearview camera

 

Touring L: $32,865

  • All Touring features, plus
  • 18-inch polished-aluminum wheels
  • Eight-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Nappa leather seats
  • Security alarm

 

S: $36,395

  • All Touring L features, plus
  • Sport Mode
  • Four-wheel performance suspension
  • Paddle shifters
  • 20-inch Black Noise wheels
  • Black-finish badging
  • Black grille with black-chrome surround
  • Black headlamp bezels
  • LED fog lights
  • Piano-black and satin-chrome interior accents
  • Piano-black bezels
  • Sport bucket seats
  • 276-watt premium audio system
  • Remote ignition

 

Limited: $38,245

  • All Touring L features, plus
  • 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels
  • Chrome door handles
  • Granite Crystal grille with chrome surround
  • LED fog lights
  • Chrome mirrors
  • Reverse-tilt-down mirrors
  • Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat, steering wheel, pedals, and mirrors.
  • Real Black Olive Ash Burl wood
  • LED footwell lights
  • LED map pocket lights
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wood- and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Perforated Nappa leather seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • 276-watt premium six-speaker audio system
  • Remote ignition

 

C: $41,695

  • All Limited features, plus
  • 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine
  • Performance brakes
  • Sport Mode
  • Platinum door handles
  • Black grille with platinum surround
  • Platinum chrome mirrors
  • Luxury front and rear floor mats
  • Real natural-pore Mocha wood
  • Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Luxury steering wheel
  • Nappa perforated and quilted leather seats

2019 Buick Regal Key Features and Pricing by Trim

1SV: $30,495

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with eAssist mild hybrid
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Electric parking brake
  • Variable-effort steering
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Body-color door handles with chrome strips
  • Darkened black grille with body-color surround
  • Fog lights
  • Auto-on/off HID headlights
  • Heated, power mirrors
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Bright bodyside moldings
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Eight-speaker audio system
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Bright front sill plates
  • Buick Connected Access capable
  • Buick Infotainment system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • USB Ports
  • Power door locks
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Manual tilt and telescoping windshield
  • OnStar
  • Power windows with front one-touch up/down operation
  • Rear heater vents
  • Remote ignition
  • Eight-way power front seats
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Universal home remote
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Teen driver

 

Preferred: $34,595

  • All 1SV features, plus
  • Cargo net
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel

 

Essence: $37,295

  • All Preferred features, plus
  • Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Heated front seats
  • Two-driver memory for seat and mirrors
  • Perforated-leather upholstery
  • Wireless charging pad

 

Premium: $39,595

  • All Essence features, plus
  • Head-up display
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Air ionizer
  • Massaging front seats
  • 110-volt rear power outlet
  • Following distance indicator
  • Forward collision alert
  • Lane-change alert
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

Sport Touring: $40,295

  • All Preferred features, plus
  • 3.6-liter V-6
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Dual-outlet exhaust
  • 19-inch aluminum wheel with Midnight Silver finish
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body-color fender vents
  • Heated mirrors with auto-dimming driver’s mirror
  • Adaptive HID headlights
  • Heated front seats
  • Two-position memory driver’s seat and mirrors
  • Perforated leather seating
  • Emergency tool kit

 

Avenir: $45,795

  • All Premium features, plus
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • 19-inch Pearl Nickel-finish wheels
  • Navigation
  • Bose Centerpoint 11-speaker surround-sound system
  • HD Radio
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Avenir floor mats
  • Avenir script sill plates
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Emergency tool kit

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chrysler 300?

Looking for a ride with modern amenities but a retro look? The 2019 Chrysler 300 is the perfect choice. Not only does it have the blocky look and clean interior of older rides, but it has all of today’s advanced tech.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Buick LaCrosse?

With its distinct European flair and low base price, the Buick LaCrosse it a great choice for buyers who want a German car but cannot pull off the payment. It is also great for buyers looking to maximize fuel economy.

 

Want a sedan you’ll feel great driving but don’t have the budget for a luxury rig? Head down to Garber Automall and give the 2019 Chrysler 300 a shot. Need a daily driver for your commute to Orange Park?  The 2019 300 has you covered. Need a weekend cruiser to visit family in Jacksonville? The 2019 Chrysler 300 can handle that in style. Come visit our Chrysler dealership serving the Fleming Island and Green Cove Springs areas to take the 2019 Chrysler 300 for a spin and what it offers. Too busy to make it to our Green Cove Springs Chrysler showroom today? Navigate to our online inventory page to see our in-stock 2019 Chrysler 300 models, choose one fits your needs, and schedule a test drive when it’s convenient for you.