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Car Review: Chrysler 300

This car is sure to make your holidays extra-memorable this year.

By Alan Rider



What’s in a name? When it comes to the Chrysler 300, about six decades of motoring history is in the name. Not surprisingly, that original 1955 300 was a big car—and one with an unexpected performance edge to it. Much the same can be said about today’s tenth-generation version of this full-size sedan.

We drove both the upscale 300C and the sportier 300S and came away with a distinct preference. While the C model’s comfort-tuned underpinnings deliver a true luxury car ride, the S provides a firmer suspension and recalibrated steering that turn the 300 into a much more enjoyable car to drive.

While both come standard with an adequate 3.6-liter V6 under the hood, we’d suggest taking a model equipped with the available 5.7-liter Hemi V8 for a spin. This is a big car, after all, and the 363-horsepower engine’s added oomph delivers a much more satisfying response when you step on the gas.Figure in a roomy interior filled with the latest technology, including an 8.4-inch center touch-screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and you have a car that’s the pinnacle of a long, proud Chrysler nameplate.

 

Strengths

  • Comfortable, quiet passenger cabin
  • Even base models are well-equipped.
  • Available all-wheel drive

Weaknesses

  • Advanced safety features are optional.
  • 300C has lackluster handling.
  • Backseat accommodations are tighter than you’d expect.

Bottom Line

A winning combination of head-turning style and, in Hemi-equipped 300S models, stirring performance

Pricing

Base Price: $35,795

As Tested: $42,785

Safety

NHTSA: Overall: 4 Stars (out of 5); Front: 4 Stars; Side: 5 Stars

IIHS: Moderate Overlap Front: Good (highest rating); Small Overlap Front: Marginal (second-lowest rating); Side: Good

M.P.G. (city/highway)

19/30 (3.6L/8-speed automatic/rear-wheel drive)

18/27 (3.6L/8-speed automatic/all-wheel drive)

16/25 (5.7L/8-speed automatic/rear-wheel drive)

Interesting Technology

Super-size 8.4-inch touchscreen, available all-wheel drive

Also Consider

Dodge Charger, Toyota Avalon

 

This car review originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of AAA World.

 


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