Like a character in a video game, the current-generation Chrysler 300 simply respawns every year. Although Chrysler has made many improvements to the car over its almost 20-year history (including a significant refresh more than a decade back), it’s still a very similar sedan to the one introduced to great fanfare in 2005. It can be ordered with either a V6 engine or a V8 engine, rear or all-wheel drive, and a spacious interior that can hold five adults.
The 300’s longevity can be attributed to the fact that it is outselling its competitors. There are few large cars left, and no other car offers the Bentley-on a-budget styling that makes the Chrysler 300 so appealing. We recommend you get a new 300 as soon as possible because the automotive Grim Reaper will be coming after this car in its current form.
How does the Chrysler 300 drive?
The 300 is built for smooth and powerful cruising, and it hits the mark. The optional V8 muscles the big sedan forward without drama, but lean into it with gusto and you’ll be met with a rumbling exhaust note and powerful thrust. The eight-speed automatic transmission offers crisp and clean shifts, and some models come with paddles to take over when you like. Although it isn’t a sports sedan in the taut 300S version, this car can handle all kinds of athletic tests. The brake pedal responds well and has plenty of stopping power. Low speeds are easy because the steering is light. Highway speeds will give you more control and heft. The 300’s mass is felt on tight turns, even with the stiffened suspension and sticky tires of the 300S.
How comfortable is the 300?
Chrysler delivers on its premium, near-luxury promise inside the cabin. Very little road noise, and only slightly more from the wind, is apparent when the 300 is rolling along. The climate control system is extremely fast and easy to use through the main controls. Even the 300S version is more comfortable and supports you. The ride is, however, stiffer than one might think. The suspension in our 300S test car could not withstand rough roads. It doesn’t affect the otherwise tranquil drive. Non-300S models will also be able to deal with bumps better.
Best fuel economy?
The V8-powered 300S is estimated by the EPA to get 19 mpg combined (16 city/25 highway). We averaged 17 mpg in our combined testing miles, with an 18.6 mpg average on our highway-heavy evaluation loop that should have returned a result in the low 20s.
The factory navigation system is easy to use with simple graphics if you opt for it. And if you don’t, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility are standard. The nine-speaker Alpine audio system is an add-on, and it provides plenty of thump. Safety features like rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitor are useful. Packages include additional features such as front and rear parking sensors, Lane departure, and Lane-keeping assistance. The voice controls available are basic but useful. Tech features like remote start, car finder, and a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot can also be added.