There will not be a Chrysler 300 full-size car after the 2023 model year. This most recent iteration, in its current shape debuted in 2011, is well into its golden years yet still spry. It has a comfortable interior and a familiar appearance that nonetheless exudes a sense of badass.
Those in the market for a full-size sedan (a segment that shrinks every year) still have a few good options, even if this one isn’t as fuel-efficient or well-equipped as the competition. Unlike the two available V-8 engines, which are only available in rear-drive configurations, cars powered by the tried-and-true Pentastar V6 can be outfitted with either rear- or all-wheel drive. The old Chrysler sedan may be on its last leg of the roadshow, but there is some good news: Chrysler is offering a high-performance 300C variant.
Chrysler 300 Price
The 2019 Chrysler 300 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at about $30,400 for the entry-level 300 Touring models. The sporty 300S starts at around $36,500, the 300 Limited costs about $37,800, and the top-line Chrysler 300C begins a little over $43,000.
What’s New for 2023?
After a brief hiatus, the 300C returns to the lineup of Chrysler’s large four-door for the last model year, with the same potent 6.4-liter V-8 found in the long-running Dodge Challenger and Charger. It can generate 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. In 4.3 seconds, the most powerful 300, according to Chrysler, will be able to accelerate to 60 mph thanks to the upgraded engine. When we put one through its paces on our test track, we’ll know if that’s a credible claim or not. In addition to the new tri-color badge, the 300C features an upgraded interior with carbon fiber accents, Brembo brakes, and the adaptive suspension (each of which is similar to the hardware found in the Dodge Charger and Challenger Scat Pack models). But aside from that, the Chrysler 300 will carry on largely untouched.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Chrysler 300 is unique among full-size cars in that it is rear-wheel drive and offers powerful Hemi V-8 motors. Optional all-wheel drive is available, although it is compatible only with the basic 292-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6. When we put a rear-wheel-drive V-6-powered 300S through its paces, it accelerated to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is slow for this class but still respectable. In the same test back in 2015, a rear-wheel-drive V-8 vehicle clocked in at a brisk 5.3 seconds. For its size, the 300’s handling is adequate. Although the steering isn’t very communicative, the body roll is effectively contained, and the chassis is game for some light play so long as you don’t push it too far. The 300S’ stronger suspension and 20-inch wheels result in a somewhat bumpy ride, which is at odds with the 300’s aspiration to be a near-luxury vehicle. Purchase a Touring or Touring L if you’re looking for a seat with plenty of padding.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The 2023 Chrysler 300 has not yet been given an official fuel economy rating, and we have yet to determine its real-world mpg on our 75 mph highway fuel economy route. Previous evaluations have shown that the 300 is not quite as fuel-efficient as its competitors. Its rivals, such as the Nissan Maxima and the Volkswagen Arteon, are more fuel-efficient. The 6.4-liter Hemi V8 and the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 are even bigger gas guzzlers.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Touring trim level serves as the entry point for the 300. It has fabric seats and basic conveniences. The Touring L and 300S are the more luxurious options, and they come with nicer amenities like heated and power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support, automatic climate control with separate settings for the driver and front passenger, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, and illuminated front and rear cupholders. A power-adjustable and heated steering wheel, as well as heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel, are all available as extras on all trim levels save the base. Black Laguna leather seats, a standard 19-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system, and carbon fiber accents add even more luxury to the new 300C model.
The dashboard and upper door panels in every Chrysler 300 are upholstered with leather-grained rubberized plastic. The pleasant feel is belied by the obvious artificiality of the texture. Age has not been kind to interior decoration. Just like the other vehicles in this class, the 300 has enough trunk space for six suitcases. When the back seats collapsed, it had room for ten more people. The seats have a 60/40 split, however, they don’t go entirely flat.
Infotainment and Connectivity
We like Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system because of its user-friendliness, straightforwardness, and speed. Standard on the 300 is an 8.4-inch touchscreen display that displays both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Optional features include satellite radio from SiriusXM and in-dash navigation systems with free trials lasting up to a year.