With the different powertrains available, the Chrysler 300 spans a wide range from an affordable, spacious and powerful sedan to a serious luxury and performance tourer. The base powertrain on the Chrysler 300 is a 3.6L V6 that makes 292 horsepower. The optional 360-horsepower 5.7L Hemi V8 engine is flex-fuel compatible. All models come equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The available all-wheel-drive system combines an active transfer case for seamless response when traction is needed and front-axle disconnect to help improve fuel economy when grip is sure.
In any of its variants, the 300 is a spacious sedan with a comfortable ride, supportive seating and a back seat with enough headroom and legroom for adults. Trunk space is cavernous, and the interior is very well isolated from road and wind noise.
The base 300 Limited model is the definition of affordable luxury. It comes well-equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated power mirrors, a UConnect stereo with an 8.4-inch touch-screen display, an electronically auto-dimming rearview mirror and leather-trimmed seats. The 300's strong safety feature list includes traction control, stability control and brake enhancing Ready Alert and Rainy Day brake support. Front, side and a driver's knee airbags are also standard.
The 300S comes standard with a slightly more powerful version of the 3.6L V6, making 300 horsepower. Power driver and passenger seats, a 522-watt stereo and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels are all standard on the 300S. The 300S, like the 300C, is also available with the bigger 5.7L V8 engine.
The 300C adds exterior chrome trim, standard Garmin navigation, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, heated rear seats, 18-inch wheels and a ParkView rear back-up camera.
The top of the line 300C Platinum comes with several notable features, including a more comfortable premium suspension setup, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, quilted leather trimmed seats and luxury floor mats.
Model year 2017 changes:
Editors' note, August 20, 2017: This review was written based on an evaluation of the 2016 Chrysler 300. See the changes for the 2017 model year above.
The Good The Chrysler 300 looks good, drives smooth and packs the always excellent Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system.
The Bad Fuel economy is not great, and mediocre interior materials make certain parts creak and groan while other parts look old straight from the factory.
The Bottom Line The Chrysler 300 gives you a uniquely stylish look, combined with a comfortable cabin and driving demeanor, but it lags behind the competition in fuel economy and interior fit and finish.
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Both we and it are ready for another year of hard work.