Chrysler 300: America’s Accessible Luxury Sedan
The Chrysler 300 tends to be eclipsed by the much more popular Chrysler Pacifica, but the second-generation of the Chrysler 300 is still very much alive. Nine years after its introduction in 2011, the Chrysler 300 remains as the only sedan offered by the brand. Other Chrysler vehicles include the aforementioned Pacifica and the all-new 2020 Chrysler Voyager. Although its exterior design remains mostly unchanged since its introduction, the Chrysler 300 occupies a particular space in the automotive world.
Always considered a more traditional option in its segment, the Chrysler 300 remains as elegant as ever and offers buyers plenty of nice features and details. Despite the fact that its exterior shape might give away its age to some, the Chrysler 300 has managed to keep up with the times when it comes to its interior. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) still offers one of the best infotainment systems available — its Uconnect infotainment system — that features a large and responsive 8.4-inch touchscreen complete with a suite of connectivity features such as hands-free Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto.
Additionally, the Chrysler 300 is notoriously spacious with its comfortable seating for five people. Cloth upholstery is standard, as is a power-adjustable driver’s seat, but buyers can opt to upgrade to the available Nappa leather upholstery. Other upgrades include heated front seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats. All Chrysler 300 cabins, regardless of trim, feature a smoothly curved dashboard with limited use of grainy plastic. While the base-level cabins feature cloth upholstery, quilted leather and analog displays take over as the model rises in trims. The Chrysler 300C features high-grade leather and open-pore wood accents throughout the dashboard.
Under the hood of the Chrysler 300 rests a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, capable of 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission as the standard. Buyers can opt for an all-wheel-drive system that’s rated as one of the more “class-exclusive” features available. The all-wheel-drive system is rear-biased and automatically transitions between rear- and all-wheel-drive for improved fuel economy figures.
As the automotive market stands today, the Chrysler 300 is the only sedan left that offers old American luxury within this price bracket. It’s an honest, comfort-oriented vehicle that may appear dated on paper, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Chrysler 300 remains a great option for buyers that are looking for a classic luxury sedan.
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