Chrysler has offered the current-generation 300 full-size sedan since 2011, last receiving a major update in 2015. It soldiers on into 2022 without any major changes from the previous model year and remains the only non-minivan sold by Chrysler. It competes against the Nissan Maxima and the Dodge Charger, its Stellantis sibling.
The 300 was last refreshed for 2015. To say it's grown long in the tooth is an understatement at this point in its life cycle. Materials aren't up to snuff for a car that should be a premium vehicle. Importantly, rivals have better crash test safety ratings.
There are still some things we like about Chrysler's midsize sedan, though. It has gutsy engine offerings mated with solid transmissions. The interior is roomy, and Chrysler's infotainment system is easy to use. It has decent handling and good stopping power from the brakes.
The Chrysler 300 is old-school cool, but that may not be enough to make up for its cheap-feeling interior. Buyers shopping for a midsize sedan that offers abundant features and tech may need to look elsewhere, but those nostalgic for Detroit muscle may still find something desirable in the 300.
Chrysler offers the 300 standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine makes 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque when paired with the Touring and Touring L trims but gets a little hotter, to the tune of 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque, when powering the 300 S. The V-6 is available with both RWD and AWD, although the 300 S model can only be had with RWD.
Even though the 300 has been around for a while, it still has the grunt to get off the line quickly. When we tested a 2021 300 S with the V-6 engine, we were able to attain a 0-60-mph time of just 6.7 seconds. The V-6 300 gets decent fuel economy: The EPA rates RWD models at 19/30 mpg city/highway and AWD models 18/27 mpg city/highway.
Chrysler still offers the 300 S with a 5.7-liter V-8, too. It sends 363 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels only via an eight-speed automatic transmission. It's a lot quicker than its V-6 counterpart. When we last tested a V-8 300 S, hitting 60 mph from a standstill took 5.3 seconds. The extra briskness comes at a price. Fuel economy for this version of the 300 drops to just 16/25 mpg city/highway.
Over a decade into its life, the Chrysler 300 still has presence with its bulging wheel arches and menacing mug. Despite its hard exterior, there's a comfort-oriented interior. The 300 has some key luxury features, particularly those offered as part of the Comfort Group package, that maximize the rolling couch experience. This suite of equipment adds door sill scuff pads, ambient LED lighting, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a power backlight sunshade, a powered tilting and telescoping steering column, and memory settings for the radio, driver seat, and side mirrors. The Comfort Group also pumps up the exterior features with adaptive Bi-Xenon HID headlamps, automatic adjust-in-reverse side-view mirrors, and automatic headlamp leveling. Those looking to get the most out of their full-size sedan may not want to skip out on this options package.
The 2022 Chrysler 300 earns a four-star overall safety rating (out of five stars). This rating consists of four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test, and four stars in the rollover test. In IIHS testing, the 2021 Chrysler 300 earned Good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strengths, and head restraint/seat tests. However, it earned a Marginal score in the driver-side small overlap front test, which replicates what happens when the left corner of a car hits an object at 40 mph. In this test, lower leg/foot injuries measured Poor.
The base 300 Touring is devoid of standard driver assistance features, but blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors are included on the 300 Touring L and 300 S. Those two trims can also receive the optional SafetyTec Plus package that adds lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high-beams.
As a traditional midsize sedan, the Chrysler 300 gets its interior dimensions right. It has a roomy 41.8 inches of legroom up front and 40.1 inches to stretch out in the rear. That's a lot more legroom than the Nissan Maxima. Its platform mate from Dodge, the Charger, has the same interior dimensions. The 300 also beats the Maxima in trunk space with 16.3 cubic feet to the Nissan's 14.3 cubes but just barely loses to the Charger's 16.5 cubic feet.
Chrysler puts an 8.4-inch infotainment screen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in every 300. The Touring and Touring L use a six-speaker audio system, while the V-6 300 S variants gain a stronger amplifier. The Touring L and 300 S models have an available nine-speaker setup with included navigation. This option becomes standard on the V-8 300 S. To get more tech, buyers need to step up to the Comfort Group and SafetyTec packages.
What's a cushy American sedan without a big V-8 under the hood? If we were in the market for one of these sedans, we'd spring for the 300 S with V-8 power to get the full Chrysler 300 experience. These models come with more standard gear, like navigation and the nine-speaker audio system, and can also be equipped with the Comfort Group and SafetyTec packages that make the 300 a bit more luxurious, too.
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