Large sedans are bound dematerialization from dealership showrooms, but the 2021 Chrysler 300 is one big four-door that continues to solider on. It harkens aback to a time aback ample American sedans powered by big-displacement engines disqualified the road. And aback you put it abutting to its added avant-garde rivals, you can absolutely alpha to see its age. Buyers can accept from either a V-6 or a V-8 engine, the closing of which is boss able but guzzles ammunition like a truck. Inside, the 300 offers a ample berth for four adults. Alternatively, the advanced bank bench in aback will calmly board three kids. Although it would be a amplitude to alarm it a sports sedan, the 300 delivers a few active thrills and, unless you go with the sportier 300S, a controlled and accessible ride.
Chrysler has discontinued the flush Bound and 300C trims for 2021, abrogation aloof the Touring, Touring L, and 300S models. The Touring L and 300S both accept some new accepted equipment, such as advanced and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear-cross-traffic alert. Chrysler additionally fabricated the Red S Appearance amalgamation accepted on the 300S this year. It includes gloss-black exoteric trim, different 20-inch wheels, and appropriate badging. A Comfort Group amalgamation is now accessible on the top two trims and brings covering upholstery, aerial advanced seats, acrimonious rear seats, a ability tilt-and-telescoping council column, and added accessibility features. The Popular Accessories amalgamation adds in-dash navigation, SiriusXM accessory radio, and a nine-speaker stereo with a subwoofer.
We’d acclaim the mid-range Touring L model, which bundles affluence of affluence and accessibility appearance at a reasonable price. It comes with the accepted 3.6-liter V-6 and can be had with rear- or all-wheel drive. We’d additionally bounce for the above Comfort Group backpack because we anticipate ample sedans should accommodate a assertive akin of plushness. If you appetite the V-8, you’ll accept to advancement to the added big-ticket 300S, which adds a stiffer abeyance and, thus, a rougher ride. Shoppers should additionally booty agenda of the V-8’s appetite for fuel.
In the large-car segment, the Chrysler 300 is abnormal for its rear-wheel-drive blueprint and its accessible Hemi V-8 agent with 363 horsepower. All-wheel drive is alternative but alone with the accepted 292-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine. In our testing, a rear-wheel-drive V-6-powered 300S hustled to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds; that’s apathetic for this chic but still analytic sprightly. A V-8-powered rear-driver netted a abrupt 5.3-second aftereffect in the aforementioned analysis aback in 2015. The 300 is not a bad-handling car for its size. The captain isn’t the best talkative, but anatomy cycle is able-bodied controlled, and the anatomy is accommodating to play—as continued as you don’t get ever aggressive. The stiffer abeyance and 20-inch auto on the 300S accomplish that accurate archetypal ride a bit rough, which seems out of footfall with the 300’s abreast affluence mission. If you’re in the bazaar for article comfy, stick to the Touring or Touring L.
With the 3.6-liter V-6 beneath its hood, the 300 avalanche aloof a bit abbreviate of its rivals aback it comes to ammunition economy. Other competitors—such as the Nissan Maxima—are artlessly added efficient. The 300 did bout its EPA accumulated appraisal of 30 mpg in our real-world testing, but the Toyota Avalon fared abundant better, besting the Chrysler by 4 mpg. Order up the Hemi 5.7-liter V-8 and this four-door is absolutely the gas consumer, averaging 19 mpg accumulated per the EPA’s yardstick.
The 300’s entry-level alms is the Touring. It comes with bolt seats and few amenities. The adherent Touring L and 300S models avowal far added features, including power-adjustable advanced seats with calefaction and adjustable lumbar support, dual-zone automated altitude control, a leather-wrapped council wheel, covering seats, and aflame advanced and rear cupholders. Acrimonious and aerial advanced seats, acrimonious rear seats, a acrimonious council wheel, and a power-adjustable council caster are alternative on all but the abject model. Chrysler utilizes soft-touch rubberized bogus with a leather-grain adjustment to awning the dashboard and high aperture panels of every 300. The adjustment feels nice but looks artificial. The autogenous architecture is aging, and not gracefully. The Kia Cadenza artlessly outclasses the 300 in this area. The 300, like aloof about every car in this segment, manages to fit six attache boxes central the trunk. With the rear seats folded, it swallowed addition 10. Those seats can be breach in a 60/40 arrangement, but they don’t bend absolutely flat.
We acknowledge Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment arrangement for its affluence of use, automated card layout, and abrupt performance. The 300’s accepted 8.4-inch touchscreen affectation will additionally appearance the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces. SiriusXM accessory radio is additionally offered with a one-year balloon period, and in-dash aeronautics is optional.
Spotty achievement in the 300’s blast testing is a account for concern. Chrysler’s driver-assistance gear, arranged in the SafetyTec Plus package, is accessible for all but the abject model. Key assurance appearance include:
Chrysler’s assurance advantage for the 300 is annihilation special. Some rivals action agnate packages, but the standout champ actuality is the Kia Cadenza, with up to 10 years or 100,000 afar of coverage.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED: $39,655 (base price: $36,770)
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, anchorage ammunition injection
Displacement: 220 cu in, 3605 ccPower: 300 hp @ 6350 rpmTorque: 264 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automated with chiral alive mode
DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 120.2 inLength: 198.6 inWidth: 75.0 in Height: 58.7 inPassenger volume: 102 cu ftTrunk volume: 16 cu ftCurb weight: 4089 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:Zero to 60 mph: 6.3 secZero to 100 mph: 16.1 secZero to 130 mph: 34.0 secRolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.6 secTop gear, 30-50 mph: 3.8 secTop gear, 50-70 mph: 4.9 secStanding ¼-mile: 15.0 sec @ 96 mphTop acceleration (governor limited): 131 mphBraking, 70-0 mph: 175 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.88 g
FUEL ECONOMY:EPA combined/city/highway: 23/19/30 mpgC/D observed: 23 mpgC/D empiric 75-mph artery driving: 30 mpgC/D empiric artery range: 550 mi
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