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2018 Chrysler 300

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Base Price
$28,995
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) 4013
City (MPG) 19
Hwy (MPG) 30
Horsepower 292@6350
Torque (lb-ft) 260@4800
Wheelbase 120.2
Length (in.) 198.6
Width (in.) 75.0
Height (in.) 58.5

Chrysler's only sedan, the 300 offers high style, premium features inside and out, and powerful engines. It's certainly not the most modern four-door sedan on the market, but it sticks to a time-tested formula Americans love.

Overview

The 300 rides on the same platform as the Dodge Charger. Its front end tones down the last generation 300's Bentley influences in favor of something a bit more chiseled and modern. Buyers can order blacked-out trim for a sportier look, or chrome accents for an elegant design that looks like a million bucks.

The cabin boasts an upscale ambiance and plenty of space for five passengers and 16.5 cubic feet of trunk space behind them. Chrysler's rotary shifter clears up precious real estate on the center console while giving the cabin a clean, uncluttered look. Here again, buyers can choose between a sportier look or a more elegant design.

Some models come standard with Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system. Generally regarded as one of the more user-friendly infotainment setups on the market, Uconnect Access integrates most of the 300's audio, navigation and climate control functions into one unit. An 8.4-inch touchscreen mounted on the dashboard is the central component of the system, but redundant buttons and knobs for climate and audio volume and tuning are also included.

Technical specifications

The 300's base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 292 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. The 300S model gets a nominal power bump that results in horsepower and torque outputs of 300 and 264, respectively. Realistically, you won't notice the difference in everyday driving conditions.

An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive come standard. All-wheel drive is offered at an extra cost. Fuel economy for the rear-wheel drive model checks in at 18 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg in a combined cycle. All-wheel drive cars see 18, 27, and 21, respectively.

The optional engine is Chrysler's famed 5.7-liter Hemi V8. That's 345 cubic inches, if you prefer. It pumps out 363 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 394 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. Rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission come standard; all-wheel drive isn't offered.

Eight-cylinder power comes with eight-cylinder fuel economy. The EPA rates the Hemi-powered 300 at 16 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 19 in a combined cycle.

Trim Level Breakdown

The 300 line-up includes five trim levels named 300 Touring, 300 Touring L, 300S, 300 Limited, and 300C, respectively.

The Touring comes standard with the V6 engine, rear-wheel drive, key-less entry, a push-button ignition, body-colored door handles, tinted windows, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights with chromed bezels, body-colored heated side mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows with one-touch up for the front passengers, dual-zone A/C, wood-look trim on the dashboard, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, cloth upholstery, a six-speaker sound system, an 8.4-inch screen for the infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The Touring L adds specific emblems, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED-illuminated rear cup holders, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an alarm.

The 300S brings a slightly more powerful V6 engine while giving buyers access to the optional V8. It also receives black emblems, a black grille, black headlight bezels, 20-inch alloys, piano black trim inside, sport bucket seats, and a 276-watt sound system.

The 300 Limited gets bright door handles, a specific grille surround, mirrors that tilt down automatically when reverse is engaged, a memory function for the driver's seat and the steering wheel, 20-inch alloy wheels, ash burl trim on the dashboard, LED-illuminated map pockets, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and ventilated front seats.

Finally, the 300C gets standard V8 power, upgraded brakes to cope with the extra power and weight, specific 20-inch alloys, so-called luxury floor mats, a "luxury" steering wheel, mocha wood trim, a 160-mph speedometer, and quilted leather upholstery.

Buyers can choose from several option packages that bundle popular features like a panoramic sunroof, navigation, a remote starter, and a universal garage door opener. The list of standalone options includes all-wheel drive on V6-powered models, a comfort-oriented suspension, and all-season tires.

Occupant Safety

The 300 is fitted as standard with dual front, front side and front and rear head airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems, ABS and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Safety-minded buyers can order the optional SafetyTec Plus Group, which bundles full-speed forward collision warning, an adaptive cruise control system that can bring the car to a full stop, lane keeping assist, a lane departure warning system, a blind spot monitoring system, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Key Competitors

The Chrysler 300 faces competition from a range of full-size, semi-premium sedans including the Ford Taurus, the Nissan Maxima, the Buick Lacrosse and the Toyota Avalon. Buyers can also look at the sportier Dodge Charger.