Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Altima VS 2018 Chrysler 300 Near Warner Robins, GA

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2018 Nissan Altima

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2018 Chrysler 300

Safety Comparison

Both the Altima and the 300 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Altima is safer than the Chrysler 300:





5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

216 lbs.

280 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

617/568 lbs.




4 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Compression

.6 inches

.9 inches

Neck Stress

113 lbs.

143 lbs.

Neck Compression

62 lbs.

113 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

537/329 lbs.

504/415 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Altima is safer than the 300:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

19 cm

28 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

.4/0 kN

3.7/3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia index R/L



Tibia forces R/L

2.7/0 kN

3/4.7 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Altima is safer than the Chrysler 300:





Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

711 lbs.

910 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Altima the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 300 was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Warranty Comparison

The Altima’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the 300 runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Altima have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the 300.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Altima’s reliability 27 points higher than the 300.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima third among midsize cars in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The 300 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 78 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 31st.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 14 places higher in reliability than Chrysler.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Altima 3.5 DOHC V6 is faster than the 300S 3.6 DOHC V6:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.7 MPH

97.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima 3.5 V6 gets better fuel mileage than the 300 RWD with its standard V6 (22 city/32 hwy vs. 19 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Altima uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 300 with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Altima stops shorter than the 300:





60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Altima 2.5 S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 300 Touring’s standard 65 series tires.

The Altima has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The 300 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima 3.5 SL handles at .87 G’s, while the 300S pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

The Altima 3.5 SL goes through Road and Track’s slalom 3.4 MPH faster than the 300S (66 vs. 62.6 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the Altima’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the 300’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 900 pounds less than the Chrysler 300.

The Altima is 6.7 inches shorter than the 300, making the Altima easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Altima V6 has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount and conventional liquid-filled engine mounts (standard liquid front mount on other versions of the Altima). A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The 300 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The front grille of the Altima 2.5 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 300 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Altima 2.5 SV is quieter than the 300S:




At idle

38 dB

39 dB


75 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima has 1.4 inches more front headroom and 3.2 inches more front legroom than the 300.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Altima easier. The Altima’s trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the 300’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Altima offers cargo security. The 300’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Altima’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the 300’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Altima owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Altima will cost $435 less than the 300 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima is less expensive to operate than the 300 because typical repairs cost much less on the Altima than the 300, including $80 less for a water pump, $561 less for an alternator, $73 less for front brake pads, $85 less for a timing belt/chain and $538 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Altima will be $11272 to $11767 less than for the Chrysler 300.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Altima, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chrysler 300 isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 300 was rated third in its category.

The Nissan Altima outsold the Chrysler 300 by almost five to one during 2017.

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