Chrysler 300S vs. Chevrolet SS vs. BMW 335i

Chrysler 300S vs. Chevrolet SS vs. BMW 335i

Dishonorable Mention

One car worth mentioning – and berating – is the Ford Taurus SHO. This large four-door is designed to compete with the likes of Chevrolet’s SS and the Chrysler 300 but sadly it fails in so many ways.

The car is massive and very heavy. The SHO’s EcoBoost V6 has plenty of power but in practice it’s not that efficient or smooth. Additionally the Taurus’ cabin is laughably space inefficient. How can such a big sedan have such a tiny interior? The front foot wells are unacceptably narrow and lumpier than resting your feet on a sack of potatoes. On top of all this, reliability is poor according to Consumer Reports.

Appearances can be deceiving. This SHO is fast and looks pretty sporty, but do yourself a favor and stay far away. The trio we mentioned above are much more compelling options.

As always, good luck in your quest for a new family vehicle, Walter, and thanks again for taking the time to Ask AutoGuide.

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  • M Harris

    Wow – You recommend a car that doesn’t meet three of his basic criteria (American, RWD and V8), is smaller than and has less power than the other two options, and will in reality cost more to buy and ultimately maintain once out of warranty. I doubt you can buy a BMW with zero options but optioned out with similar features to the $47K SS (heated seats, Nav, active safety systems like blind spot warning, etc) and you’re quickly up to $53K for the 335i. I’ve got nothing against BMW’s but apparently you owe them money or something to come up with this as some sort of better alternative to the Chrysler or Chevy.

  • M Harris

    Quick correction to my post…the 335i is RWD, so I guess it really is a better deal…:-)

  • Jake Carlin

    “Walt has a “burning desire” to get another rear-wheel-drive, V8-powered American sedan, though he’s well aware that his options are fairly limited these days. He’ll consider German models[…]”

    The letter writer seems perfectly content to consider things outside of “V8, FWD, American” as long as it fits the spirit of that type of vehicle. The 300 and SS are obviously top contenders, but there’s nothing wrong with also recommending the 335i, other than the fact that it’s tricky to keep one within the $45k budget.

  • Isend2C

    Hyundai Genesis could be a compelling choice too if Walt is OKay with Korean cars. It can have an 8-speed and a 5.0 V8 with 400+ HP and RWD.