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Top Features of Base Model
- Available 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine.
- Available all-wheel drive.
- Full-size sedan.
- Four-star NHTSA safety rating.
Chrysler 300: Everything You Need to Know
About the Chrysler 300
The Chrysler 300 is one of the last full-size four-door sedans. The formerly dominant full-size car segment is fast becoming a niche market, but the Chrysler 300 is still a major player. If you want a fast, powerful, and comfortable car, the 300 is an obvious choice.
Even though full-size cars are disappearing from the market, don’t make the mistake of thinking the 300 is outdated. Chrysler’s big player has plenty of tech, including available all-wheel-drive for year-round traction. The 300 offers a 4G/LTE data receiver with the ability to create a wi-fi hot spot in the car.
If you’re looking for a traditional large sedan with plenty of room and a big engine, the 2019 Chrysler 300 should be at the top of your test drive list.
What’s New in the 2019 Chrysler 300?
In recent years, Chrysler has included several attractive features to the 300:
- New “Black Noise” wheel finish is standard on the 300S trim.
- Active all-wheel-drive includes fuel-saving front axle disconnect feature.
- 300S includes performance-tuned suspension with upgraded components.
- Available 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine.
- Advanced active safety and driver assist features available.
What Does the Chrysler 300 Compete With?
There are fewer full-size four-door sedans than before, but what’s left are the best of the breed. The 2019 Chrysler 300 competes directly with these models:
Note that 2019 is the final year of U.S. sales for the Ford Taurus as the brand pivots towards SUVs. The rest of the competitive set is expected to remain in production.
Most 300 buyers select the Touring or Touring L trim at about $30,000 to $35,000 purchase price. These trims come equipped with Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and the TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. The base Pentastar engine is rated at 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet torque. In the 300S sport trim, the engine is tuned for 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet torque.
The optional 5.7-liter V8 engine is available only on the 300S and the top 300C trims. This engine produces 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. If you want a fast car, this is the engine you need.
Exterior Design of the Chrysler 300
The exterior of the Chrysler 300 is easily the most striking of any full-size sedan on the market. Where other brands simply offer a larger version of their mid-size sedans, Chrysler boldly created a large car with its own identity.
Chrysler’s designers used strong horizontal lines and large 20-inch wheels to show that the 300 is a solid, substantial vehicle. The grille and windshield tilt back indicating speed. Strong proportions in the body and cabin emphasize the car’s width. The design projects strength, dignity, and power.
Bumpers, mirrors, and trim are all painted in body color, with chrome used sparingly as a highlight. The 300S uses blackout trim to enhance its sporty demeanor. LED daytime running lights on all trims create a contrast between bright lights and the deep colors of the vehicle.
Interior Style in the Chrysler 300
The 300 starts with a basic interior, but quickly brings in luxury touches as you move up the trim ladder. For example, the base Touring trim includes cloth upholstery, but the driver’s seat is eight-way power adjustable with four-way power lumbar support. The passenger seat is powered four ways.
Moving up one notch to the Touring L trim, buyers get heated leather front seats with more adjustment options. Heated second row seats are included in the top Limited and 300C trims.
The Chrysler 300 can seat five adults in comfort. LATCH hookups are included in the rear for child car seats. The rear seats fold down to manage oversize cargo. The trunk is also
generous, with 16.3 cubic feet of capacity. That’s enough to carry four roller suitcases, as long as they’re not too big.
The dash and controls are laid out in a simple and logical manner. Interior lights are all LEDs, giving the cabin a modern look. In the top Limited and 300C trims, you’ll find real open grain wood trim throughout the interior, and piano black in the 300S.
Overall, the cabin options in the Chrysler 300 are always nice, never cheap, and better than you expect at the price point.
What Technology Comes in the Chrysler 300?
Chrysler provides every 300 with their best 8.4-inch touchscreen display. The Chrysler system supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so even the base trim has access to navigation and apps. The Uconnect system also supports Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth for hands-free operation. 4G/LTE data access is also supported at all trim levels.
Uconnect is one of the better infotainment interfaces on the market. It’s easy to learn to use the Chrysler technology package, and there’s no penalty for buying a base trim 300.
Onboard GPS navigation is optional, and can be added to any trim level. Audio system upgrades include a premium Alpine Audio system available on all trims, or a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system available on Limited and 300C trims.
What Kind of Safety Features are in the Chrysler 300?
Standard safety equipment on the 2019 Chrysler 300 includes:
- A full set of airbags.
- Stability, traction, and rollover controls.
- Rear view camera.
- Keyless entry.
- Tire pressure monitor.
- Hill start assist.
- Auto-dimming rear view mirror.
Additionally, Chrysler offers an optional SafetyTec package on 300S, Limited, and 300C trims with a full suite of advanced safety and driver assist features:
- Adaptive cruise control with full stop capability.
- Advanced brake assist to minimize stopping distance.
- Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
- Automatic high beams.
- Blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.
- Turn signals on the side mirrors.
- Courtesy lamps on the side mirrors.
- Lane departure warning.
- Front and rear parking sensors.
- Rain-sensing windshield wipers.
What is the Chrysler 300 Like to Drive?
The Chrysler 300 is a very satisfying car to drive. The suspension is firm, but the long wheelbase and curb weight up to 4,380 pounds delivers a smooth ride. Both the V6 and V8 engine options provide plenty of power, helped along by the eight-speed transmission.
If you want performance, the 300S model offers a little extra engine power in the V6 engine, and an optional sport-tuned suspension. This package includes upgraded springs, bushings, and sway bars, plus Goodyear F1 performance tires. If you want your 300 to handle like a sports car, get the 300S and outfit it with the V8 engine. However, selecting the V8 means choosing rear-wheel-drive; all-wheel-drive is available only with the V6 engine.
Overall, the 2019 Chrysler 300 is comfortable, quiet, and powerful. The overall experience is energizing, while the cabin offers plenty of space. If your experience with full-size sedans has been less than exciting, you need to see the 300 for yourself.
Should I Buy a Current Chrysler 300?
The best reason to buy a Chrysler 300 is the driving experience. Taller and bigger drivers will enjoy the feeling of enough space in the vehicle. Families will also enjoy the 300 without feeling crowded.
If you live where winter weather is a challenge, the standard V6 engine with all-wheel-drive is a great mobility solution. You don’t have to do anything to make the all-wheel-drive system work; it just engages when it needs to engage.
The 300 is surprisingly good on fuel mileage. The V6 with rear-wheel-drive returns 19 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. Changing to all-wheel-drive yields 18 MPG in city driving and 27 MPG on the highway. You will see about 16 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway if you choose the V8 engine.
Should I buy a Used Chrysler 300? Are There Any I Should Avoid?
The Chrysler 300 has not had a meaningful redesign since 2015. That was when the advanced safety options and the 8.4-inch Uconnect system became available, so it’s a good cut-off point for a pre-owned 300.
Chrysler covers the 300 with a 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty. The powertrain is covered for five years or 60,000 miles. Roadside assistance is also provided for up to five years. If you want the assurance of a factory warranty, select a 2017 or 2018 model.
For more peace of mind, Chrysler offers a certified pre-owned (CPO) program where cars are inspected and then guaranteed. Chrysler extends the powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles from the date the car was first sold. There’s also a 3-month general warranty when you buy the CPO car.
How Much Does the New Chrysler 300 Cost?
The 2019 Chrysler 300 is priced at $29,920 with the V6 engine and rear-wheel-drive. The Touring L trim starts at $31,865, and Limited trim costs $38,245. Choosing all-wheel-drive adds $2,500 to any of these trims.
The 300S costs $36,395 with the V6 engine and rear-wheel-drive. Choosing all-wheel-drive brings the price to $38,895. Choosing the V8 engine and rear-wheel-drive raises the price to $39,395. The top 300C comes with the V8 engine and costs $41,695. A destination fee of $1,495 is added to all prices at the dealership.
With a strong offering at the low end of the price range, any Chrysler 300 can be a good deal. You don’t have to spend a lot to get the Chrysler 300 you want.
Pros and Cons of the 2020 Chrysler 300
- Great driving experience.
- Comfortable, spacious cabin.
- Good value for the money.
- Available all-wheel-drive (V6 only)
- Good fuel economy ratings.
- Larger car than most people are used to.
- Less than optimum safety ratings.
- Advanced safety available only in option packages.
The History of the Chrysler 300
The modern Chrysler 300 went on sale for the 2005 model year, and caused a sensation with its bold styling. The Chrysler 300 name has a long history stretching back to the 1950s, but it was always a flagship vehicle for the brand.
Over the 15 years of availability, the modern 300 has averaged annual sales of about 77,000 cars a year. Sales have been steady at about 50,000 cars per year for the last several years.
A major redesign took place for the 2011 model year. A mid-cycle refresh in 2015 added the advanced safety gear and current tech package.
Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Chrysler 300
- Body Style
- 3.6L V6 24V VVT
- 292 hp
- 8-Speed Automatic 8HP50
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Rear Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Back Up Camera
- Cruise Control
- LCD Monitor
- LED Lights
- Leather Steering Wheel
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 3.6L V6 24V VVT
- Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic 8HP50
- 50 State Emissions
- Transmission w/Sequential Shift Control and Oil Cooler
- Rear-Wheel Drive
- 2.62 Axle Ratio
- Engine Oil Cooler
- 730CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
- 160 Amp Alternator
- Towing Equipment -inc: Trailer Sway Control
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Touring Suspension
- Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- 18.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
- Short And Long Arm Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
- Wheels: 17" x 7.0" Painted Cast Aluminum
- Tires: P215/65R17 Low Rolling Resistance
- Steel Spare Wheel
- Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
- Body-Colored Door Handles
- Chrome Side Windows Trim
- Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
- Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
- Light Tinted Glass
- Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
- Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
- Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
- Trunk Rear Cargo Access
- Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- LED Brakelights
- Laminated Glass
- Radio: Uconnect 4C w/8.4" Display
- SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
- Streaming Audio
- Window Grid Antenna
- 6 Speakers
- 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
- Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
- Front Seats w/Power 4-Way Driver Lumbar
- 12-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt and Power 4-Way Lumbar Support
- 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
- 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Cloth Rear Seat
- Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Oil Pressure, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Transmission Fluid Temp, Engine Hour Meter, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Power Rear Windows
- 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hot Spot Mobile Hotspot Internet Access
- Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
- Illuminated Front Cupholder
- Rear Cupholder
- Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
- Valet Function
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
- Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
- Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
- Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
- HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
- Illuminated Locking Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Vinyl Door Trim Insert
- Aluminum Gear Shift Knob
- Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Wood Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Wood Door Panel Insert, Simulated Wood Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
- Cloth Bucket Seats
- Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
- Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
- Front And Rear Map Lights
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
- Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
- Cargo Space Lights
- FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
- SiriusXM Guardian Tracker System
- Smart Device Integration
- Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
- Systems Monitor
- Redundant Digital Speedometer
- Trip Computer
- Outside Temp Gauge
- Analog Display
- Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
- Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
- 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
- Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer
- 3 12V DC Power Outlets
- Air Filtration
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- SiriusXM Guardian Emergency Sos
- Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Driver Knee Airbag
- Rear Child Safety Locks
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
- ParkView Back-Up Camera