This latest version of Chrysler was first introduced in its current form in 2011. Its familiar shape still gives off a classy vibe and its interior is quite spacious. While it’s not as fuel-efficient nor well-equipped as its competitors, it’s still a reasonable option for those in need of a full-size sedan.
The Pentastar V6 remains the standard engine. Plus, Chrysler models equipped with it can be configured with rear or all-wheel drive, while the two available V-8 engines can only be had with rear-drive.
Engine & Performance
In the large-car segment, the 2023 Chrysler 300 is unusual for its rear-wheel-drive layout and its available Hemi V-8 engines. All-wheel drive is optional but only with the standard 292-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine.
The 300 is not a bad-handling car for its size. The helm isn’t the most talkative, but body roll is well controlled, and the chassis is willing to play, as long as you don’t get overly aggressive.
The stiffer suspension and 20-inch wheels on the 300S make that particular model ride a bit rough, which seems out of step with the 300’s near-luxury mission. If you’re in the market for something comfy, stick with the Touring or Touring L.
The EPA rates Chrysler 300 sedans equipped with the base V-6 at 19 in the city and 30 on the highway for rear-wheel drive units, which drops to 18 city and 27 highway for ones with all-wheel drive.
Sedans with the 5.7-liter Hemi see ratings fall further to 16 city and 25 highway, and 300C models with the 392-cubic-inch 6.4-liter V-8 see an even lower 15 city and 24 highway. Unfortunately, the 300 falls a bit short of its rivals when it comes to fuel economy.
Other competitors like the Volkswagen Arteon and the Nissan Maxima are more efficient. Beyond that, the 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter Hemi V8 easily runs out of gas.
The 300’s entry-level offering is the Touring. It comes with cloth seats and few amenities. The fancier Touring L and 300S models boast more features, including power-adjustable front seats with heat and adjustable lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control, and illuminated front and rear cupholders.
Heated and ventilated front seats, steering wheel, and heated rear seats are optional on all but the base model. The new 300C model offers further refinement courtesy of Black Laguna leather seats, a standard 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and interior carbon fiber accenting.
Chrysler utilizes soft-touch rubberized plastic with a leather-grain pattern to cover the dashboard and upper door panels of every 300. The texture feels nice but looks artificial.
The interior design is aging, and not gracefully. The 300, like just about every car in this segment, manages to fit six carry-on boxes in the trunk. The seats can be split in a 60/40 arrangement, but they don’t fold completely flat.
Safety & Driver-Assistance Features
Chrysler’s driver-assistance gear, bundled in the SafetyTec Plus package, is available for all but the base model. Key safety features include – automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and available lane-keeping assist.
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