The Longevity of the Chrysler 300
When the Chrysler 300 initially hit the market back in 2005, it turned the full-size passenger car category on its head. The design of the 300 was revolutionary at the time because it refused to join the front-wheel-drive craze which at the time was considered to be superior for all-season traction. Always going against the grain, the 300 offered both rear- and all-wheel-drive choices along with a HEMI engine at the point in which said features were considered to be on the way out. The “gimmick” worked like a charm back then, and apparently still does since the Chrysler 300 hasn’t seen any massive updates over the years.
Even without major updates, the 300 still features a Bentley-like grille and a squared-off rear deck that offers considerable storage space. On the inside, the Chrysler 300 remains on the luxurious side after its considerable design update back in 2015. The dashboard offers electronic gauges along with a cutting-edge Uconnect infotainment touchscreen display. There’s even a stylish rotary knob in the console in place of the conventional stick shifter. The knob works to declutter the front-seat area and gives passengers easier access to the cup-holders and center console storage bin.
The 300 Touring, 300 S, and 300 Limited trims all feature a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 under the hood with 292 horsepower (300 on the S trim) and 260 lb-ft of torque (264 on the S trim). Buyers have the option to upgrade to a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that offers 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the sport-oriented trims like the 300 S and 300 C both come with paddle shifters and a Sport mode that speeds up gear changes.
Chrysler brought back all-wheel-drive as an option on the V6-powered models for the 2019 model year. The system can even disengage the front axle when the all-wheel-drive traction is not needed, so the mechanical drag is reduced as a result and so is the fuel consumption. As the base-tier Chrysler 300 trim, the Touring, features dual-zone climate control, an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, 17-inch wheels and dual exhaust. The S, Limited, and C trims offer buyers a nine-speaker Alpine-brand sound system, blacked-out wheels and trim, and a performance-oriented suspension and steering.
Additional optional features for the 2019 Chrysler 300 include a 900-watt 19-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, navigation, a power rear-window sunshade, a panoramic sunroof. Buyers can also enjoy advanced safety features such as crash-mitigating technology — like emergency braking — that’s part of the brand’s SafetyTec Plus Group. The 2019 Chrysler 300 offers a sedan that’s clad in luxury and performance, something that’s hard to find among today’s dwindling four-door sedan segment.
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