Chrysler 300

Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 series is a roomy full sized sedan that combines old-school sensibility with modern design. If you are looking for a luxury vehicle that is at once classic and modern, 300S series is offers six levels of luxury, including options such as heated and cooled cup holders. Re-introduced to the market in 2005 to compete head-to-head with European and Japanese luxury nameplates, the 300 recalls the prestige of its 1950s-era predecessor. The 300 has retro styling, a powerful V8 engine, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and all the luxury appointments Chrysler has at its disposal to win over luxury car buyers.

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Model Overview

The 2014 Chrysler 300 comes in six models: the 300, 300S, 300C, the John Varvatos Luxury Edition, SRT Core, and SRT Premium. New for 2014 is the discontinuation of the Motown, Glacier, and Luxury series trim models. All models come standard with high-end features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome accents, LED mood lighting, and leather seats. The 300S is the sportier model with sporty suspension, sport driving mode, paddle shifters, universal garage door opener, and 20 inch aluminum wheels. The 300C stands out with perforated leather, a power seat for your front passenger, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel, among many other extras. The John Varvatos mixes the 300S and 300C amenities with upgraded leather upholstery, extended leather treatment for the cabin, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, and a platinum exterior trims. The 300 SRT, the more powerful performer of its siblings, comes with the upgraded Sport driving mode and adaptive damping suspension. Finally, the SRT Premium comes with all of the bells and whistles and rain-sensing wipers, adaptive HID lights, silver-painted brake calipers, fog lights, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. 

The exterior design of the 300 models are classic Chrysler with a large, no-nonsense front chrome grille, a slightly-lowered roofline, chrome air-intake outlines, and LED daytime running light. The standard 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine with the 8-speed automatic transmissions gets an EPA-estimated mpg of 19 city and 31 highway and produces up to 292 horsepower. An optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine gets up to 363 horsepower and 392 lbs./ft. of torque.

The interior of this Detroit “import” includes amenities like an 8-way power seat with a 4-way lumbar support for both you and your front passenger. Front seats also come heated as do the steering wheel (300C offer 360 degree warmth with a real wood and top grain leather trim). Front cup holders are heated and cooled to keep your beverages at the perfect temperature. 60/40 split rear seats mean you can fold your backseat down to create more storage space for longer or larger items. Something that lovers of old-school car making might appreciate is Chrysler’s willingness to call its large, panoramic sunroof a "sunroof" instead of a "moonroof." If you want to shade yourself from the rays, the 300 series also comes with an interior shade that matches the headliner in color and material and is activated by switches in the overhead console.

The 300s also come available with an All-Wheel drive that helps optimize traction and stability in most weather conditions. An innovative active transfer case with front-axle disconnect works to maximize your fuel economy and traction whenever it is needed. The best part? You don’t have to do a thing as these systems are always active and monitoring your vehicle. Chrysler also dampens cabin noise and with a laminated acoustic windshield, fiber acoustic wheel liners, and two full-length acoustic underbody closeouts.

Technological innovations include the 8.4 inch Uconnect touchscreen which includes navigation with 3D graphics, SiriusXM Travel Link for weather updates, fuel prices, in-game and final sports score, weekly sports schedule, movie theater listings, and ski conditions all geo-targeted to keep your information local and relevant. Available on select models is the BeatsAudio sound system by Dr. Dre.

Standard features include air conditioning, front dual zone A/C, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, auto dimming rearview mirror, AM/FM radio with SiriusXM, MP3 decoder, 6 speakers, CD player, DVD player, and steering wheel mounted audio controls. 

Chrysler 300 Safety Ratings

The 300 models offer safety features like ParkView rear back up camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, ParkSense front and rear park assist, reactive front head restraints, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and anti-lock brakes.Standard safety features include brake assist, dual front side, dual front, knee, overhead, and occupant sensing airbags, electronic stability, anti-whiplash front head restraints, traction control, ignition disable and a panic alarm.

The 300 received ratings of “Good” by the IIHS for Side Impact, Rear Crash, and Roof Strength, as well as 5 out of 5 stars for Overall, Frontal and Side Crash by the NHTSA for 2014.

Noteworthy About the Chrysler 300 

The 300 series received a rating of ”Among the Best” by J.D. Power in Body & Interior Quality, Overall Performance and Design, Performance, and Features.