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2021 Chrysler 300
Select a Different Model (5 Available): S Sedan
Fuel Economy $ 19 / 30 mpg
Horsepower 300@6,350
Torque 264@4,800
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2021 Chrysler 300 MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Large, spacious cabin
  • Good engine and transmission pairings
  • Old-school style and charm

Cons

  • Unimpressive safety ratings
  • Cheap-feeling interior
  • Limited active safety tech

As one of the last available full-size sedans, the Chrysler 300 is its automaker's only non-minivan offering. The current-generation model debuted for the 2011 model year and got a facelift for 2015 with driver-assist active safety tech, updated infotainment, and updated styling. The 300 competes with other full-size four-doors including its platform mate, the Dodge Charger, as well as the Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, and Kia Cadenza.

What's New

  • Simplified trim lineup with 300 Touring, 300 Touring L, and 300S
  • 300 Touring L and 300S now get blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, as well as front and rear parking sensors as standard equipment
  • New Comfort Group package on the 300 Touring L and 300S includes ventilated leather seats, adaptive HID headlights, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a memory function that controls the seats and mirrors, and additional LED lighting throughout the cabin
  • New Popular Equipment package on the same trims adds a dual-pane panoramic moonroof, navigation on an 8.4-inch touchscreen with five years of SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, a nine-speaker 506-watt sound system

What We Think

The big and spacious Chrysler 300 is all that's left of Chrysler's sedan-building legacy. And though the sedan has its strengths, age holds it back.

The 300 was engineered before many modern safety standards were implemented, and as a result, its safety ratings are underwhelming. Driver-assist tech is hard to come by, too, only being offered in an optional package and on higher trims.

Mechanically, however, this is a solid car. Both the standard V-6 and available V-8 offer good performance and feel well-matched with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Handling is a strong point, with RWD balance and impressive braking and grip. Fuel economy is less impressive, especially considering the 300 doesn't offer a hybrid variant like our top-ranked large sedan, the Toyota Avalon.

The infotainment system is intuitive to use, and the cabin offers plenty of space. That said, the interior exhibits obvious cost cutting and is the strongest reminder of this car's age. If you can overlook the cheap cabin, unimpressive safety scores, and middling fuel economy, the 300 offers an old-school charm and one of the last available rear-drive V-8 platforms on the market.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Most 300 models work with a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated Pentastar V-6, the same engine offered in the Dodge Charger, Chrysler Pacifica, and various Jeep models. Although the 300S is RWD only, other trims are offered with standard RWD and available AWD. Every 300 pairs its engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Output depends on trim; the engine in Touring and Touring L models develops 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, but under the hood of the 300S, it makes 300 hp and 264 lb-ft. In our testing, a 3.6-liter 300S with RWD accelerated to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. Fuel economy measures 18-19/27-30 mpg city/highway, with AWD variants sipping a bit more fuel.

The 300S is optionally available with a 5.7-liter V-8 that's exclusively offered with RWD. Spending a little extra for the V-8 inflates power figures to 363 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque. When we tested a 300S with the V-8, it hustled from 0-60 in 5.3 seconds. With the performance benefit comes a noticeable fuel economy hit. The 300S V-8 is EPA-rated at 16/25 mpg.

Safety

In IIHS safety testing, the 300 earns mostly Good crashworthiness ratings and a Superior rating for front crash prevention. A Marginal small overlap front: driver-side rating and a Poor headlight score hold it back. The big Chrysler gets a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, with a four-star frontal crash score, five-star side crash score, and four-star rollover rating.

In terms of driver-assist features, Chrysler doesn't give you anything as standard, unless you count a backup camera. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors are included on the 300 Touring L and 300S. Those two trims can also be ordered with the SafetyTec Plus package, which adds lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Chrysler 300 seats five, with 41.8 inches of legroom up front and 40.1 inches in the back seat. That means more rear legroom than the Nissan Maxima or Kia Cadenza (34.2 and 37.2 inches, respectively) but a little less than the 40.3 inches offered by the Toyota Avalon. At 16.3 cubic feet, the 300's trunk beats that of every competitor except the slightly more spacious Dodge Charger.

Technology

Every 300 features an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Entry-level models feature a six-speaker audio setup and the 300S includes a six-speaker system with a stronger amplifier. Integrated navigation and a nine-speaker premium audio system are available as part of a package offered on the 300 Touring L and 300S, though both are included if you opt for the 300S with the V-8 engine.

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2021 CHRYSLER 300 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.6 Liter Pentastarâ„¢
Transmission Name
Transmission, TorqueFlite® 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (8HP50)
Trim
S Sedan
Class
Premium Passenger Car
Horsepower
300@6,350
Standard MPG
19/30
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
36
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 48 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 3.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$500 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models to customers currently leasing an FCA vehicle. 02-01-2021
$500 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer to consumers currently leasing a competitive vehicle who will be purchasing or leasing a new select model. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$3500 FCA announces Customer Cash on select models. 02-01-2021