The large sedans are rapidly disappearing from showrooms of dealerships however, in 2021, the Chrysler 300 is one big four-door that is able to go on. It is a throwback to the days when big American cars powered by huge displacement engines were the norm on the roads. If you compare it against its modern counterparts it is easy to realize its age. Customers can pick between the V-6 or V-8 engine The latter is extremely powerful yet consumes fuel similar to trucks. In the interior, it has an expansive cabin that can seat four adults. Additionally, the large bench seat in the back can easily fit three children. Although it’s an exaggeration to label it a sports car, the 300 offers some driving excitement and in the event that you choose the more sporty 300S, an easy and controlled cruise.
What’s New for 2021?
Chrysler has canceled the more expensive Limited as well as 300C trims in 2021. This leaves only those of the Touring, Touring L, and 300S models. They’re the Touring L and 300S both have new standard equipment including back and front-facing parking sensors blind spot monitoring, and rear-cross-traffic warning. Chrysler has also added an Red S Appearance package standard on the 300S this year. It features black exterior trim in gloss, 20-inch wheels and unique badges. The Comfort Group package is now available on the top two trims . It includes leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats an adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column and a host of other convenient features. This Popular Equipment package adds in-dash navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, as well as a nine-speaker stereo, with an under-woofer.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We’d suggest the mid-priced Touring L model, which includes a wealth of comfort and luxury features at a price that is affordable. It’s equipped with a standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine and can be offered with either rear- or all-wheel drive. We’d also recommend the previously mentioned Comfort Group pack because we believe large sedans should have some level of luxury. If you’re interested in the V-8 it’s necessary upgrade to the more costly 300S, which comes with an abrasive suspension and, therefore, a bumpier ride. Buyers should be aware of the V-8’s need for fuel.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
In the segment of large cars in the large-car segment, Chrysler 300 is a standout model. Chrysler 300 is unusual for its rear-wheel-drive configuration and Hemi V-8 engine that is available that has 363 horsepower. All-wheel drive is available however it is only available with its standard 292-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Our tests showed that a V-6 engine with rear-wheel drive was able to accelerate to 60 speed in 6.3 seconds. That’s not fast for this class , but quite sprightly. A V-8-powered rear-driver scored an efficient 5.3-second performance during the same test in the year 2015. The 300 isn’t an exemplary car in terms of handling given its size. The controls aren’t very active however the body roll is controlled as is the suspension, which seems ready to play, provided you don’t go overboard. The more rigid suspension, along with the larger 20-inch wheel on the 300S make this particular model feel a little rough, which is to be out of line with the 300’s close-to-luxury purpose. If you’re looking for a comfortable car, stick with it’s Touring L or Touring L.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The 3.6-liter V-6 engine under the hood The 300 is just a little behind its competitors in terms of the fuel efficiency. Some competitors — like the Nissan Maxima are simply more efficient. The 300 actually matched its EPA estimate of 30 mpg during our testing in real-world conditions, but other competitors like the Toyota Avalon fared much better beating its rival Chrysler by 4 milliliters. Get this model. Hemi 5.7-liter V-8 and this four-door SUV is an excellent fuel-efficient vehicle, with an average of 19 mpg in the combined test, according to the EPA’s benchmark.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The 300’s entry-level model is called the Touring. It has cloth seats with a few features. The more expensive Touring L and 300S models come with a wealth of features that include power-adjustable rear seats that are heated and adjustable lumbar support dual-zone climate control that is automatic and a leather-wrapped steering wheels and leather seats. They also have cupholders that have been illuminated on the front and back. Front seats that are heated and ventilated and heated rear seats heated steering wheel as well as a steering wheel with a power-adjustable feature are all available with the exception of that of the basic model. Chrysler makes use of soft-touch rubberized material with a leather-grain design to cover the dashboard as well as the upper door panels on each 300. The texture is nice, but it appears fake. The interior design has a tendency to age and not in a graceful manner. This Kia Cadenza simply outclasses the 300 in this category. The 300, as just all cars in this class, manages to fit six carry-on containers in the trunk. When the rear seats were folded down, it can take up 10. The seats can be divided into a 60/40 layout however, they aren’t able to fold flat.
Infotainment and Connectivity
We are impressed by Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system because of its simplicity of use and intuitive menu layout and quick performance. The standard 8.4-inch touchscreen will display its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces. SiriusXM satellite radio provided with one-year trial and in-dash navigation is available as an option.