By Emme Hall.
Today at Auto Comparison we have two unlikely competitors: Eminem and my Grandma. We got our hands on the 2013 Chrysler 300 C Luxury Series and the 2013 Buick LaCrosse Touring Group and pitted them against each other in a rap battle like no other. (Editor’s Note: Eminem was featured in the ad for the Chrysler 200, not 300. The image of your grandma battling Eminem is too funny though, so we’re letting it go.)
Although a V8 is optional across all trim lines, our test model was equipped with the standard 3.6L V6, knocking out 292 horsepower and 260 lb/ft of torque. Power gets to the rear wheels (AWD is an option) via an 8 speed automatic transmission. You’ll find 60 mph in about 5.3 seconds and the EPA has rated it as 19 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. Expect slightly lower numbers for the AWD.
The 300 comes very well equipped. Standard features include 20” wheels, keyless entry/ignition, remote start, cruise control, heated front and rear seats, an 8 way power adjustable driver’s seat, navigation with real time traffic, Bluetooth, iPod integration, satellite radio, a heated steering wheel, adjustable pedals, a Sport mode with paddle shifters, and the life altering heated and cooled cup holders. The Uconnect system is one of the easiest and most intuitive systems on the market today and adds great value to the 300.
While the 300 is all luxury on the inside, she is all American muscle out on the road. Although some folks wouldn’t dream of not ordering the V8, I found the V6 to perfectly acceptable. Acceleration is smooth and quick, the electric assist steering has a good weight to it, and although you will feel some body roll in the twisties, it’s not overwhelming. The 20” wheels will push the ride towards the firm side, but the suspension easily soaks up potholes and uneven roads.
Like the 300, the LaCrosse also offers 2 engine choices. The difference is that here the 3.6L V6 is the larger of the two. For those who keep their eye on the gas pump Buick offers an eAssist hybrid. We were happy to get the V6, with 303 horsepower and 264 lb/ft of torque. Power goes to the front wheels (AWD is optional) through a 6 speed automatic transmission. You’ll go 0-60 mph in a disappointing 6.6 seconds. EPA fuel ratings are 17 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. Expect slightly lower numbers for the AWD.
The LaCrosse Touring comes equipped with 19” alloy wheels, cruise control, 8 way power adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth, iPod integration, satellite radio, rearview camera, heated front seats, keyless entry/ignition, remote start, 7 speaker sound system with CD player, adaptive suspension, blind spot warning, and xenon headlamps. Options include rear side airbags, a rear seat video entertainment system, and a sunroof.
On the road, well let’s just say this ain’t my Grandma’s Buick LaCrosse. While it is a luxury car first, the handling is still very controlled and the hydraulic assist steering is quick and precise. The automatic transmission does a great job of shifting smoothly and quickly and power comes quickly on tap when called upon. The car can handle a big bump without any kind of ripple effect and it does a good job of soaking up any smaller ruts in the road.
The 2013 Chrysler 300C Luxury Series starts at $39,995 and you can expect to pay a bit more for the 2013 Buick LaCrosse Touring Group, at $40,135. My pick here is the 300, and I’ll give you two reasons why: 1. Heated cup holder. 2. Cooled cup holder. Additionally, the Chrysler 300 edges out the Buick LaCrosse in fuel ratings, 0-60 time, and I just can’t resist a good RWD car.
But for the record, my Grandma would mop the floor with Eminem in a rap battle.