2016 Chrysler 300 Limited AWD review: An old dog that could use some newer tricks
Trouble is, while the 300 was rolling down the boulevard, several new challengers appeared -- a refreshed Toyota Avalon, an all-new Nissan Maxima and even a refreshed platform-mate, the Dodge Charger. The 300 hasn't gotten worse over time, others have risen up around it. But in the face of all these new, uh, faces, the 300 remains a competent machine.
Looks and feels
The 300 has never not been handsome. It's a blocky car, punctuated by strong fenders and the appearance of a low roofline. It looks mean, which might explain its brief appearance as Walter White's wheels in "Breaking Bad." It's a more restrained, conservative look than the overly stylized Maxima, the musclebound Charger or the Avalon, which looks like the visual embodiment of a lullaby.
Inside, large and commanding front seats lend a feeling of executive-style appointment, and while an all-black interior may add a bit of drabness, it's never unattractive.
While the look is fine, I had some issues with the fit and finish. Whereas the leather is surprisingly supple, the plastics throughout are anything but. The softest plastic lies atop the dashboard, but looks like it's fading straight from the factory. My car's faux-wood trim was attractive, but the storage cubby door on the center stack creaked like a 100-year-old house's stairs.
There's also the matter of the shift knob. The rotary dial is love-it-or-hate-it. I don't mind it, but it's made of a very cheap looking plastic. The gauges are also a bit in your face for a car that's more on the demure side -- neon blue lighting and sportily arranged numbers make for a strange juxtaposition.
Tech-forward, but not leading the charge
If there is one thing I absolutely adore in a Chrysler, it's the infotainment system. Uconnect is snappy, well laid out and easy to get used to, all of which earn high praise from me. The associated information display between the gauges is easy to navigate, and I like just how much it's capable of displaying, from engine oil temperature to individual tire pressures to one of the best looking fuel economy gauges in the industry.
Bear in mind, not all 300s feature this system. With a 300 in base trim, you will need to add the $2,395 Premium group to get the 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect system. The Anniversary Edition 300 I drove came with the system as standard, but with a $2,995 premium over the base price.
Additional apps are available in the system, such as Pandora, iHeartRadio and Slacker Radio, but they require the Uconnect Access phone app. There's a Wi-Fi hotspot with an embedded modem that also powers some of Uconnect's apps, like Yelp, but its 3G speeds are a bit behind the curve. Nevertheless, the 300's two USB ports in the back, complementing the one up front, let passengers keep their phones charged on longer hauls.
In its effort to innovate, Chrysler integrates the windshield wipers and turn signals into a single stalk on the left side. If you're not used to Chrysler vehicles, this will be as annoying as it is confusing. Changing a very traditional configuration may be a bridge too far.
Cushy comfort, guzzling gas
Even though the world might wish that all 300s came with a V-8, the standard 3.6-liter V-6 is very good. With 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, the Pentastar engine starts up with a nice, subtle growl. Step on the gas, and it gets even better, growing to a crescendo of mechanical howl. I certainly didn't miss the Hemi.
While others in the segment might feel more on the lithe side, the 300 drives like the ponderous thing that it is. Movements are deliberate, while the tire sidewalls and soft suspension soak up small bumps and dimples. Steering is on the heavier side, but I didn't need to celebrate Arm Day to get a grip on it.
The eight-speed transmission works smoothly, if a bit slowly. Gearshifts are nearly imperceptible, and multi-gear downshifts (if you're in eighth gear at 60 mph and you floor it, for example) are slow, but also smooth.
But then there's the matter of fuel economy -- woof. With a V-6 and all-wheel drive, the 300 rates 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. Not only is that far below the competition, at the average Michigan highway speed of about 75 mph, I saw 24 to 25 mpg.
Down to brass tacks
A couple years ago, this segment wasn't that great. The Maxima was underwhelming, the Avalon was just a cheaper Lexus and the Charger had one of the most oppressive interiors known to man. Those have all changed, whereas the 300 hasn't as much, meaning the competition has mostly surpassed the Chrysler.
In terms of price, our base AWD 300, at an MSRP just under $35,000, sits nearly even with the front-wheel-drivers Avalon and Maxima. All three cars can be optioned to high heaven, and our 300 came in -- Anniversary Package and all -- at a not-too-shabby $38,505.
Advantages pass between cars. The Maxima's futuristic styling is more aligned with my preferences, and despite seeming rather boring, the Avalon is excellent at under-the-radar, A-to-B transportation. The Charger can have up to 707 horsepower under the hood, and its interior is more welcoming than the 300's.
When it comes to fuel economy, the 300 falls flat on its face. The Maxima and Avalon have highway mpg figures north of 30, and like the best strip clubs in town, city mpg is 21 and up. The 300 can only achieve those numbers if it's turned off and resting atop a flatbed.
If you absolutely love Chrysler's vehicles, you won't be going wrong with the 300. It's comfortable, it's pretty and it's a great overall value. But when you start cross shopping and comparing the cars on paper, it's firmly mid-pack at best.
Andrew's Comparable Picks
Overview: Like Steve McQueen in a turtleneck, the 2016 Chrysler 300 is old-school cool. Credit its blocky but suave styling, which gives the 300 a look that stands out from its peers, even though its basic shape launched more than a decade ago. Sure, the mechanically similar Dodge Charger possesses a comparably imposing stance, but it doesn’t exude the class of its glitzier cousin—in this sense, the two are as different as Sinatra and the Stones.
Armed with rear-wheel drive and a standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine making 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque (sportier 300S models juice those figures up to 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft), the 300 can be equipped with all-wheel drive for an additional $2500. Buyers also can choose to fit the big bruiser with an available 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with 363 hp and 394 lb-ft on all but the base Limited and the new Anniversary Edition trims. Unfortunately, Chrysler stopped pairing the Hemi with all-wheel drive last year.
Fuel economy ranges from a respectable 19 mpg city and 31 mpg highway for rear-wheel-drive V-6 models to a middling 16/25 mpg for rear-wheel-drive 300S and 300C models powered by the V-8. All 300s use an eight-speed automatic transmission that’s controlled via a console-mounted rotary knob.
Befitting its near-luxury status, the Chrysler 300 is a comfortable highway cruiser with a quiet cabin and a smooth ride—although sportier 300S models are somewhat choppier over pockmarked roads. And every 300 offers a comfortable rear bench seat that provides passengers with more legroom than the Chevrolet Impala, the Chevrolet SS, and the Toyota Avalon.
Prices range from a reasonable $33,255 for the well-equipped base 300 Limited, to $43,685 for a top-of-the-line rear-drive 300C Platinum. For this review we slipped behind the wheel of a Chrysler 300C Platinum equipped with the optional 5.7-liter V-8 ($3000), the Premium Leather interior package ($1995) that includes additional cowhide throughout the interior, and the new SafetyTec Plus Group package ($2995), which includes forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and more. The bottom-line figure was $51,675.
What’s New: After a thorough revision last year, the Chrysler 300 received just a handful of changes for 2016. A 90th Anniversary Edition model was introduced in the latter half of 2015 to celebrate Chrysler’s emerald anniversary. Building upon the base 300 Limited, the Anniversary Edition includes a navigation system and a panoramic sunroof, among other things, as well as model-specific floor mats and startup graphics. On top of this, the mid-grade 300S is available in a new, sinister Alloy Edition, which features dark bronze and deep black finishes throughout the exterior. A more performance-oriented suspension is optional on rear-wheel-drive 300S models and includes increased spring rates, snappier steering, and stickier tires, as well as larger anti-roll bars on V-8 models. The aforementioned new SafetyTec Plus Group package is also new and brings a number of active safety features to the table, while the Uconnect interface benefits from several new functions, including drag-and-drop customization of the menu bar.
What We Like: The Chrysler 300 is classic automotive Americana. Favoring outright comfort, the 300 is a quiet cruiser that feels solid and secure at all speeds. Uconnect remains easy to use with logical menus and quick reaction times to touch inputs, while the HVAC and stereo can be controlled via physical buttons and knobs. Although you won’t confuse the Chrysler’s interior with that of a Mercedes-Benz, the 300 certainly is pleasant and spacious, with materials that are generally above the norm for mainstream large sedans.
What We Don’t Like: If the performance prospects of a large and roomy sedan with V-8 power intrigue you, then we’d suggest looking at the Chevrolet SS or the Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack or SRT 392 (or—if you can swing the near-$70,000 price tag—the SRT Hellcat), as these V-8–powered sedans are quicker and more engaging to drive than the plusher 300. Dynamics aside, we wish the 300 offered more buttons for simple features such as operating the heated seats. Currently, owners can do that only via the 300’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system.
Verdict: If style, space, and affordability are priorities, look no further than the Chrysler 300.
BUILD YOUR OWN | RANK IN SEGMENT
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear- or 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
BASE PRICES: Limited, $33,255;
Limited AWD, $35,755;
Anniversary Edition, $36,250;
Anniversary Edition AWD, $38,750;
300S AWD, $39,090;
300S Alloy Edition, $37,085;
300S Alloy Edition AWD, $39,585;
300C AWD, $42,050;
300C Platinum, $43,685;
300C Platinum AWD, $46,185
ENGINE TYPES: DOHC 24-valve 3.6-liter V-6, 292/300 hp, 260/264 lb-ft; pushrod 16-valve 5.7-liter V-8, 363 hp, 394 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 8-speed automatic, 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase: 120.2 in
Length: 198.6 in
Width: 75.0 in Height: 58.4-59.2 in
Passenger volume: 102-107 cu ft
Cargo volume: 16 cu ft
Curb weight (C/D est): 4000-4400 lb
EPA city/highway driving: 16-19/25-31 mpg
(C/D) TEST RESULTS FOR:
2015 Chrysler 300 V-8
Zero to 60 mph: 5.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.8 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 24.3 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.7 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.9 sec @ 104 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 131 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 174 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.81 g
C/D observed fuel economy: 21 mpg
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2016 Chrysler 300
$32,260 - $38,095MSRP / Window Sticker Price
|MPG||19 City / 31 Hwy|
|Power||292 @ 6350 rpm|
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"Chrysler Three Hundred" redirects here. For the letter series of cars from the 1950s and 1960s, see Chrysler 300 letter series. For the non-letter series from the 1960s and 1970s, see Chrysler 300 non-letter series. For the 1999 to 2004 model, see Chrysler 300M. For the station wagon as the Chrysler 300C, see Dodge Magnum. Also see 300 (disambiguation).
The Chrysler 300 is a full-sizedluxury car manufactured and marketed by Stellantis North America (and its predecessor companies) as a four-door sedan and station wagon in its first generation (model years 2005–2010) and solely as a four-door sedan in its second and current generation (model years 2011–present). The second generation 300 was marketed as the Chrysler 300C in the United Kingdom and Ireland and as the Lancia Thema in the remainder of Europe.
The Chrysler 300 continues a very long tradition of large front engine, rear wheel drive V8 powered sedans the company has offered, starting in the 1940s with the Chrysler Saratoga and Chrysler New Yorker, followed by the Chrysler Windsor, Chrysler Newport, Chrysler Cordoba and the Chrysler Fifth Avenue. When the company began operations in 1925, the Chrysler Six was entered as a roadster in the 1925 24 Hours of Le Mans where it finished the race, and in 1926, the Chrysler Imperial started the tradition of luxury and performance products. The original Chrysler Hemi engine was used in a specialty racecar and finished the 1952 Le Mans, 1953 Le Mans and 1954 Le Mans endurance races, as well as the 1953 12 Hours of Sebring.
Currently, Nitro Funny Car racing in 2020 has become a one-team, one-manufacturer monopoly. Don Schumacher's Stellantis factory team won all eleven rounds of the 2020 Camping World Drag Racing Series, with the Dodge Charger body, which is shared with the current Chrysler 300 sedan.
First generation (2005–2010)
|Also called||Chrysler 300C|
|Assembly||Brampton, Ontario, Canada (Brampton Assembly)|
Graz, Austria (Magna Steyr) (2005–2010)
Beijing, China (Beijing Benz) (2006–2009)
|Designer||Ralph Gilles (2000)|
Freeman Thomas (2000)
Tom Gale (2000)
|Body style||4-door notchbacksedan|
5-door station wagon (Europe, Australia, South America, Middle East, Japan)
|Platform||Chrysler LX platform|
|Engine||2.7 L EERV6|
3.5 L EGG V6
5.7 L EZB HemiV8
6.1 L ESF Hemi V8
3.0 L OM642 turbodiesel V6
5-speed W5A580 automatic
|Wheelbase||120.0 in (3,048 mm)|
126.0 in (3,200 mm) (Executive Series)
|Length||197.8 in (5,024 mm)|
|Width||74.1 in (1,882 mm)|
|Height||58.4 in (1,483 mm) |
SRT8: 57.9 in (1,471 mm)
|Curb weight||3,721–4,046 lb (1,688–1,835 kg )|
The 300 debuted as a concept at the 2003 New York International Auto Show with styling by Ralph Gilles and production starting in January 2004 for the 2005 model year. The Chrysler 300 was designed as a modern interpretation of the 1955 Chrysler C-300 (and the letter series Chryslers that followed), featuring a large grille, long hood and low roofline that was prominent on those vehicles. The styling retained many elements of the 1998 Chrysler Chronos concept car, such as chrome interior accents and tortoiseshell finishing on the steering wheel and shifter knob. It was the last Chrysler vehicle designed under Tom Gale, upon his retirement from DaimlerChrysler in December 2000.
The Chrysler 300 is based on the rear-wheel driveChrysler LX platform with varying components derived from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class of the era. Shared and or derived components from Mercedes-Benz included: the rear suspension cradle and 5-link independent rear suspension design derived from E-Class, the 5-Speed NAG1 (W5A580/WA580) transmission, rear differential, ESP & ABS systems, steering system, cabin electronics and seat controls, seat frames, wiring harness, and a double wish-bone front suspension design derived from the W220 S-Class. AWD models also benefited from use of Mercedes-Benz's 4MATIC system, including transfer case components.
The basic 300 (or 300C in some countries) comes with standard 17-inch wheels, wheel covers, four-wheel disc brakes, single disc CD player, auxiliary input jack, power driver seat and a 4-Speed (42RLE) automatic transmission. It uses a 2,736 cc (2.736 L; 167.0 cu in) EER V6 making 190 hp (142 kW). In Canada, it comes standard with the Touring model's 3,518 cc (3.5 L; 214.7 cu in) V6 engine. The vehicle comes with standard rear wheel drive and available all wheel drive. The basic 300 model was renamed to LX for 2008 and remains as the code-name for the platform.
The Touring model uses a 3,518 cc (3.5 L; 214.7 cu in) V6, producing 250 hp (186 kW) and 250 lb⋅ft (339 N⋅m) of torque, either a 4 or 5-speed transmission depending on the year and drive configuration, and comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, AM/FM radio with CD player and auxiliary audio jack, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), remote keyless entry, leather trimmed seats, and SIRIUSsatellite radio. This model was renamed Touring Plus for the 2009 and 2010 model years.
The Limited model included the Touring model's 3.5 L V6 engine, generating 250 hp (186 kW) and 250 lb⋅ft (339 N⋅m) and either a 4 or 5 speed transmission depending on the year and drive configuration. Additional features included 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, anti-roll bars.
The top-of-the-line 300C version uses a 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8. Using the Multi-Displacement System (MDS), this engine can run on four cylinders when less power is needed to reduce total fuel consumption. The USEPA-rated fuel consumption of the 300C is: 15 miles per US gallon (16 L/100 km; 18 mpg‑imp) city, and 23 miles per US gallon (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg‑imp) highway. When all eight cylinders are needed, the 300C can produce 340 hp (254 kW) and 390 lb⋅ft (529 N⋅m) of torque. It uses a five-speed automatic transmission and comes standard with 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, Chrysler's MyGIG Infotainment System in 2008 and SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Backseat Television in 2008. The Hemi cylinder heads necessitate the use of a double rocker arm shaft configuration, with a cam-in-block, overhead valve (OHV) pushrod design. There are two spark plugs per cylinder to promote efficient fuel/air mixture burn and thereby reduce emissions. In 2009–2010 power output was increased to 360 hp (268 kW; 365 PS).
The SRT-8 model was equipped with a 6.1-liter Hemi engine producing 425 hp (317 kW; 431 PS) at 6,200 rpm and 420 lb⋅ft (569 N⋅m) of torque at 4,800 rpm. The SRT8 can accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.9 seconds.
Chrysler marketed the 300C in Europe, Australia, South America, Middle East, and Japan as both a four-door notchback sedan and a five-door station wagon. The five-door station wagon was marketed as the 300C Touring (not to be confused with the North American notchback sedan's "Touring" trim level), which shared its sheet metal aft of the C-pillar and wheel designs with the Dodge Magnum. The base Chrysler 300 was not marketed in Europe, instead, all cars came with the 300C body style/interior and a choice of either V6 diesel or V8 gasoline powerplants. The economical Mercedes-based V6 diesel was optional in Europe. All 300C Touring models, along with European 300C sedans and right-hand drive models were assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria beginning in June 2005. Steyr insisted on upgrading suspension components to suit European tastes. Dodge Charger/Magnum wheels with Chrysler center caps were used instead of the distinct wheels used on Canada-assembled models. The five-door station wagon body style was discontinued after the first generation.
In Europe and Australia, the 300C was available with a Mercedes-Benz 3.0 L dieselV6 engine (internal code OM642) rated 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp) at 3800 rpm and 376 lb⋅ft (510 N⋅m) of torque at 1600 rpm. Fuel economy for the 300C diesel is rated at 26.2 mpg‑US (9.0 L/100 km; 31.5 mpg‑imp) City, 42.8 mpg‑US (5.50 L/100 km; 51.4 mpg‑imp) Highway and 34.9 mpg‑US (6.74 L/100 km; 41.9 mpg‑imp) on the combined cycle. It can accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.9 seconds while the top speed remains the same as the gasoline V6 (140 mph (225 km/h)).
The 2008 UK models included the 300C SRT-Design model in sedan or Touring body, which included SRT 20-inch alloy wheels and wheel arch spats, chrome mesh grille, MyGIG satellite navigation, SRT-8 steering wheel, SRT-8 leather sports seats and carbon fiber interior details.
ASC Helios 300
ASC created a convertible version of the Chrysler 300C, dubbed the ASC Helios 300, and unveiled it at the North American International Auto Show in early 2005. Despite rumors', Chrysler confirmed that the vehicle would not be produced.
Executive Series 300
The Walter P. Chrysler Executive Series 300 was an extended wheelbase version shown at the 2006 New York Auto Show. It added 6 inches (152 mm) to the rear passenger compartment. The wheelbase was 126 in (3,200 mm) for this edition.
Heritage Edition 300C The Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition debuted in 2006 and was a performance oriented trim that used the 5.7 Hemi and had styling cues from the Chrysler 300 "letter series" of the 1950s and the 1960s.
Reception and legacy
In the US, the 300C enjoyed a wave of popularity in the mid-2000s, aided by celebrity owners (including US President Barack Obama,) and appearances in music videos. In 2004, rapper Snoop Dogg famously called then-Chrysler CEO, Dieter Zetsche, asking for his own 300C; he later appeared in a commercial for the car alongside Lee Iacocca. The 300C was ranked No. 12 in a Complex.com article, "The 25 Most Iconic Hip-Hop Cars", due to its popularity in many hip-hop music videos following its introduction. Chrysler 300 designer Ralph Gilles reflected on the vehicle's success in 2008, saying that the "300 turned out to be a bit of an icon for Chrysler".
In the UK, the BBC's Top Gear team described the 300C as "something different with a bit of kitsch gangster cool". They praised the spacious and well-equipped interior and the low price while criticizing the quality of materials, ride, steering and low engine torque. The first generation model was popular with British buyers who regarded it as the "poor man's Bentley".
On hip-hop artist Drake's album Views, the song "Keep The Family Close" references the Chrysler 300 with the lyrics "Always saw you for what you could've been / Ever since you met me / Like when Chrysler made that one car that looked just like the Bentley".
The 300C was the 2005 Motor TrendCar of the Year. It was on Car and Driver'sTen Best list for both 2005 and 2006.Automobile Magazine named it its Automobile of the Year.
It also won the North American Car of the Year award. It was voted Canadian Car of the Year by automobile journalists as the Best New Luxury Car.
Receiving numerous other recognitions during its debut year, it was promoted as being one of the most awarded new cars ever. The 300C was also included in the finalists for 2005 World Car of the Year, but final points total put it in fifth place equal to the BMW 1-series.
Second generation (LD; 2011–present)
A significantly redesigned 300 was introduced in 2011 as a four-door sedan.
Exterior changes included revised sheet metal, thinner roof pillars, a more raked windshield, bi-xenon HID projector headlights, LED daytime running strips within the headlights, new taillights with LEDs and a horizontally slotted front grille with an updated version of the Chrysler winged brand emblem. Options included a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels.
The 2011 model was offered in Touring, Limited, 300C, and 300C AWD trim levels. Touring and Limited trims included the Pentastar V6, while the 300C line offered a standard 5.7 Hemi.
A new 300C Executive Series luxury trim level was introduced alongside a new 300S trim at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The sport themed 300S featured black treatment for grille and headlamps, 20-inch polished-face aluminum wheels with black painted pockets, 10-speaker Beats by Dr. Dre sound system, and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The Executive/Luxury Series was also sold in Europe, rebranded as the Lancia Thema from 2011 to 2014.
For the 2021 model year, the 300C and Limited trim levels were dropped, leaving the Touring, Touring L, and 300S, which included the previous year's Red S Appearance Package as standard.
An SRT version was unveiled at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, featuring the 6.4 L 392 Hemi V8 engine.
The 6.4 392 Hemi engine is also used in other Chrysler Group SRT vehicles such as the Dodge Charger and Challenger. With 470 hp (350 kW), the new 300 SRT can go from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in the low 4-second range.
In addition to the increase in power, the SRT receives specific exterior trim including a lower front fascia, large exhaust tips, body color instead of chrome trim and large 20-inch (508 mm) aluminum wheels. The car also gets a lowered, sportier suspension setup and a large Brembo brake package.
The 300 SRT (or SRT8) was discontinued for the 2015 model year in the United States, but is still sold in Australia and the Middle East. Some Australian police departments use the 300 SRT as a patrol/pursuit vehicle along with the BMW M5. Contrary to past statements by Chrysler, the 300 SRT is still sold in left and right-hand drive abroad.
- Mopar '12, available as a 2012 model year vehicle. This Special Edition Chrysler 300 was designed by Mopar Performance to mark Mopar's 75th anniversary. Featuring a 3:91 gear ratio, sport-tuned suspension, and unique badging, only 500 Mopar Edition 300's were made.
- 300S Glacier Edition, available in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year vehicle. Based on the Chrysler 300S, the Glacier Edition adds signature details not found on other Chrysler 300 models.
- 300 Motown Edition model sales began in the spring of 2013. The Motown Edition is a tribute to the Motown genre of music. Additions to the Chrysler 300C features include special chrome wheels, a Beats by Dr. Dre ten-speaker sound system, "Motown Edition" badges on the front fenders, as well as 100 Motown songs preloaded on a USB drive.Berry Gordy, Jr., the creator of the Motown genre, appears in a 2012 TV ad for the Chrysler 300 Motown Edition, promoting his musical, and saying "This is Motown. And this is what we do". The song playing in the commercial is "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
- John Varvatos Edition available in 2013 and 2014 in "Luxury" or "Limited" trim. Each version featured unique exterior and interior colors and materials.
- 300S Alloy Edition available starting in 2016. Features include dark bronze 20-inch wheels (19-inch on AWD) and 300S badge, titanium exhaust tips and wing badge, as well as gloss-black window, headlight, and taillight accents.
- 300S Sport Appearance Package available starting in 2017. 300S equipped with the exterior sport appearance package includes 20-inch wheels, while AWD models feature 19-inch wheels. Inside, the Interior Sport Appearance Package adds perforated leather performance seats with suede bolsters and new interior accents and materials.
- 300S Red S Appearance package available for the 2020 model year. The Red S Appearance package includes unique wheels, red inserts on badges, and an optional bright "Radar Red" interior.
The predecessors' 2.7 and 3.5 L engines were replaced with Chrysler's new 3.6 LPentastar V6 engine producing 292 hp (218 kW) and 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) of torque. The 5.7 L Hemi V8 engine remained available with 363 hp (271 kW). A 3.0 L VM Motori V6 turbodiesel is also available in Europe, and Australia. Beginning with the 2012 model year, all V6 models were equipped with the 8-speed 845RE Chrysler Torqueflite automatic transmission, licensed from ZF Friedrichshafen.
|Model||Engine||Displacement||Power at rpm||Torque at rpm||Years|
|Touring||3.6 V6Pentastar||3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)||296 PS (218 kW; 292 hp) at 6,350 rpm||352 N⋅m (260 lbf⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm||2011–|
|300S||3.6 V6 Pentastar||3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)||304 PS (224 kW; 300 hp)||358 N⋅m (264 lbf⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm||2011–|
|300C and 300S (2012)||5.7 V8 Hemi||5,654 cc (345.0 cu in)||368 PS (271 kW; 363 hp) at 5,150 rpm||534 N⋅m (394 lb⋅ft) at 4,250 rpm||2011–|
|300 SRT-8||6.4L 392 Hemi V8 engine||6,430 cc (392 cu in)||477 PS (351 kW; 470 hp) at 6,000 rpm||637 N⋅m (470 lb⋅ft) at 4,300 rpm||2012–2014|
|Lancia (Chrysler UK)|
|Petrol||3.6 V6Pentastar||3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)||286 PS (210 kW; 282 hp) at 6,350 rpm||340 N⋅m (251 lbf⋅ft) at 4,650 rpm||2011–2014|
|Diesel||3.0 V6VM MotoriA630||2,987 cc (182.3 cu in)||190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) at 4,000 rpm||440 N⋅m (325 lbf⋅ft) at 1,600–2,800 rpm||2011–2014|
|239 PS (176 kW; 236 hp) at 4,000 rpm||550 N⋅m (406 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800–2,800 rpm|
Interior changes included a revised instrument panel with localized "soft-touch" materials, 8.4-inch Uconnect Touch, new steering wheel and center console, and standard leather seating on all trim levels. Both seat-mounted and curtain side airbags were standard.
In late 2014 a facelift version of the 300 was introduced. Changes include:
As part of the 2011 Chrysler 300 advertising campaign, three TV commercials were produced. "Homecoming" featured Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh driving through his rainy hometown of Portland, Oregon, in his new 2011 Chrysler 300, retracing his humble beginnings. "Attitude" featured John Varvatos seeking inspiration at a record store in Brooklyn and record under his arm and into his Chrysler 300. "Good Things" featured Dr. Dre driving through the streets of Los Angeles in a Beats by Dre equipped 2012 Chrysler 300.
The "See It Through"' TV commercial featured the Chrysler 300 and notable Detroit locals, including former Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh and a poem written in 1917 by Edgar Guest titled "See It Through".
Chrysler 300S Turbine
The 300S Turbine at its presentation in Detroit in 2013
At the Detroit Motor Show in 2013, Chrysler presented a 300S paying homage to the 1964 Chrysler Turbine. It was finished in two-tone bronze and black, an over-chrome grille and 22-inch wheel design reminiscent of the turbine motif.
The Lancia version was safety tested by Euro NCAP in autumn 2011 with the following results:
- In 2000, Chrysler introduced the 300 Hemi C, a 2+2convertible powered by the new 5.7 L Hemi engine with 353 hp (263 kW) and 353 lb⋅ft (479 N⋅m) of torque. It had rear wheel drive and a four-speed automatic transmission. It was capable of 0–60 mph in under 6 seconds.
- In 1991, Chrysler introduced a Monteverdi High Speed inspired concept 300, employing the Dodge Viper engine. It was inspired by a 1970s Swiss-built sedan powered by Chrysler.
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