Imagine a Bentley parked in your driveway, a Mulsanne maybe. Imagine the aura exuding from this Bentley, the fineness just seeping through the cabin, where you are engulfed in the finest of materials. Seats that can make you feel worthy of a kingdom. The steering wheel, which just tempts you to hold it, all the way to the point where you start biting your lips. The enchanting orchestra of the powerful V8 every time you stab the throttle pedal. The poetic lines and curves of the body. Alright now, just think about your bank balance once. Crap.. sorry for the sheer spoiler. Well, kudos to those who can still continue thinking about being in a Bentley, but for folks here who just had a devastating moment, (alright don't report us now) we got you covered.
Ladies and Gentleman, America's very-own Bentley the Chrysler 300 *drumroll*. While the 300 is not exactly a Bentley, but it looks almost the part and that too at a price that will cost even less than the servicing cost of a Bentley Mulsanne. While a V6 replaces the Mulsanne's V8 in the Chrysler 300, the exhaust note is still nectar to the ears. The interior though may not entice you to grab a cigar and celebrate life, but it's surely gonna lend you some admirers. Well, at a starting price of $29,590 for the base trim, the deal doesn't seem bad at all.
The 300 flaunts a base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6engine, generating 292 ponies and 290 lb.-ft. of the twisting force. While the base trim remains an embodiment of decent power and high efficiency, the 300 C also tries its luck in the thrill department. The 300 can be configured with the iconic 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine and rear-wheel drive configuration as well. For more athletic and SRT like looks, the Chrysler has also introduced a Red S appearance package and Sports appearance package, that further accentuate the 300's lux appeal.
7.0/10 Engine and Performance
4.0/10 Fuel Economy
2020 Chrysler 300 Features
The Chrysler superweapon offers segment-exclusive features across all its 5 models. Rear-wheel drive is standard, so is the 292 hp 3.6L V6. The 300 has not evolved much and shares the same gene as the 2019 model. This pocket- friendly four-door sedan is built for a luxuriously smooth and comfortable ride.
300 Touring L
Remote Keyless Enter & Go
Adds or Upgrades from Touring
Adds or Upgrades from Touring L
Adds or Upgrades from 300S
Exterior Chrome finish
Value Package includes Panoramic sunroof
Exterior Black finish
20-in. polished aluminum wheel
17-in. Fine Silver wheel
18-in. polished aluminum wheel
20-in. Black Noise wheel
Heated, Wood, leather-wrapped Steering
Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel
Red S Appearance Package
Granite Crystal grille with chrome surround
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
Six speakers Audio system
276-watt digital amplifier
The standard features include power front seats, cloth upholstery, 17-inch wheel, climate control system, LED-illuminated cup holders, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Uconnect 4C system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, radio and much more.
Also, the 300 V6 can be optioned with the most advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) in its class allowing the car to operate in rear-wheel-drive when all-wheel-drive is not needed to maximize fuel economy.
What do we recommend?
We’d choose the Touring L as the value proposition model as it offers better standard features at an affordable price. With this trim you get dual-zone climate control, keyless ignition adding much more convenience. Plus, a heated tilt/telescoping steering wheel and leather upholstery along with heated front seats for increased steering grip and comfortable seating.
2020 Chrysler 300 Engine and Performance
The standard V6 and optional V8 powers the 300 rear wheels through a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission for an effortless and polished drive. However, V6 in 300S is calibrated with a sport-tuned exhaust and cold-air induction system for slightly more power than the standard. The athleticism of 300S is still in question and don’t mistake “S” to be for sports.
The rear-wheel-drive V-6 powered 300, does a commendable job of moving a 4000 pound Chrysler 300 admirably from 0 to 60 in 6.3 sec. The benefits of the rear-wheel-drive or the scorching horsepower from an Hemi V8 have next to no benefits while coming to acceleration figures. Surprisingly, the acceleration of V8 isn’t vastly improved reaching 0-60 mph in less than 6-seconds.
With the eight-speed transmission, it finds just the right gear at any time. The quick response from shifters is always smooth and swift, making this sedan an enjoyable vehicle for drivers. The available Sport Mode increases accelerator pedal response, raises transmission shift points and calibrates the paddle shifters and electric power steering to sport performance settings.
For daily driving purposes, the brakes perform just about well and you won't have much trouble using them. The Chrysler 300 equips 12.6-inch rotors on all the wheels. The exact 60-0 figure is not yet available for the 2020 Chrysler 300, however, the ride stops pretty well and does not sway under panic braking conditions.
The base 17-inch wheels and soft suspension reduces NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) and accompanies responsive handling. Also, the AWD variant uses an active transfer case with front-axle disconnect which seamlessly engages at any speed to enable optimal traction and control based on conditions, driving style, and road surface. The 300 might be unfriendly during aggressive cornering.
2020 Chrysler 300 Fuel Economy
Around the world, the Chrysler 300 gained popularity for being “Poor man’sBentley”. Aptly, the affordable base model drains almost an equivalent amount of gas as others in the segment. It must be noted that RWD offers better fuel economy figures than the AWD which drops those figures to 18/27/21 mpg.
Also, higher trims add convenience features which include leather-wrapped sport seats along with front and rear ventilated seats ensuring that everyone inside stays warm and comfy in the journey.
Front Row (head/shoulder/leg) (in)
Rear Row (head/shoulder/leg) (in)
Theleather-wrapped power-adjustable steering, exclusive Piano Black interior accents give you a better grip. It is high time for the Chrysler to come up with some new tricks up its sleeves to outclass the likes of the Kia Cadenza and the Buick LaCrosse.
The Uconnect 4C system of Chrysler 300 is best in class with an 8.4-inch intuitive touchscreen having on-screen instructions. The standard features also include a six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio with a one-year trial period. The navigation remains optional.
Some of the more prominent infotainment features on offer are-
Six premium speakers with 276-watt digital amplifier
AM/FM/HD radio system
Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto
Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth
Media Hub with audio jack and two USB ports
How much is the Cargo Capacity of Chrysler 300?
The Chrysler 300 offers a typical cargo space of 16.3 ft comparable to its rivals. The higher lift-over height needs an extra effort to lift the luggage, making it unfriendly for the elder folks. Further, the 60/40 split-folding rear seat supplements cargo capacity for hauling large items. While the Nissan Maxima offers the least cargo capacity, its appropriate lift-over height makes loading/unloading of luggage a breeze.
Cargo Capacity (with rear seats up)
The 300 offers if not class-leading cargo space, then more than enough of it. It offers features and rides as expected from a big sedan of today with the all-American presence. When it comes to this old-school sedan, there's ultimately a lot more to cheer upon than not. The Toyota Avalon emerges as the ultimate winner of the cargo fixture with 16.9 cubic feet of space under its trunk lid.
Creature comforts on offer in the Chrysler 300
The Chrysler 300 offers unmatched levels of comfort. The ride is the most comfortable and plush set of wheels in this price range. some of the most eminent convenience features on-board the Chrysler 300 are:
Rear Window Defroster
Speed Sensitive Power Locks
12-Volt Center Console Power Outlet
Illuminated Front Cup Holders
Illuminated Rear Assist Handles
Power Accessory Delay
140-MPH Primary Speedometer
2020 Chrysler 300 Exterior
The 300 is extremely populous within its class as always. The modern-day 300 design is inspired by the old classic Chrysler C-300 and has remained so throughout its life. The Chrysler 300 remains the bold choice showcasing the American ingenuity among its competitors, crafting ever so evolving sleek styling and design. The longer Wheelbase accompanies smooth ride and adds luxury, but at the same time, it hampers the cornering ability. The conditional visibility for the driver is another drawback.
The Chrysler 300s trim can be customized with Red S Appearance Package which adds Black Noise-color exterior badges, red inserts on the Chrysler wing badge and 20-inch Black Noise aluminum wheels. A radar red interior is also an option available with the package.
To keep up the sporty and athletic look of SRT, the FCA introduced a sports appearance package on 300s trim and three new colors which will be made available later.
What are the most notable features on the outside?
Black grille with bright surround
LED daytime running headlamps
Black headlamp bezels
Power adjust/manual foldaway, heated Mirrors
Body-Colored door handles
Bi-Function Halogen Projector headlamps
2020 Chrysler 300 Safety
This is one particular area where the old classic Chrysler 300 is the weakest as it comes with un-changed safety equipment or construction. Newer the safety architecture, the better it would be. We hope it will earn similar ratings as a 2019 model, where the Chrysler 300 earns a four-star rating from NHTSA. The IIHS, unlike the NHTSA, rates the 300 “Marginal” in small-overlap driver’s side and “Poor” in headlight test.
Although, optional automatic emergency braking in 300S and higher trims received a “Superior” rating in the forward-collision avoidance test. Other optional advanced safety equipment will include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, rear cross-path detection, lane-departure warning and much more but at extra cost. Some of the standard safety features on offer in the Chrysler 300 are:
The Chrysler 300 is one of the few affordable full-size sedans configured with rear-wheel drive with an option of mighty V8. This four-door sedan fulfills the American dream of owning an old school powerhouse loaded with technology. Despite the old architecture of 300, it sits in line with its competitors in terms of standard safety features. The 300 offers exceptional ride comfort at the expense of handling.
Joshua P. Thompson 2020 Chrysler 300S 4dr Sedan (5.7L 8cyl 8A)
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Posted On: July 4, 2020
My Chrysler 300 with bronze accent
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I don't define myself as a fan of burning tires or hitting triple digits but who doesn't like their car to have the best performance capabilities especially when price was roughly same as that of regular worthless sedans. I'm positive I'll never trade it because of its performance (pedal response, stability, handling) and shifts as smooth as butter. Okay, you guessed it right and mileage is more like awful in city but who needs it when you have everything else.
They have given it a limited tag but I'm yet to figure out what makes it live up to the stamp. Drives good, no doubt about that but why limited.
by Hubert L. Smith
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"My Chrysler 300 with bronze accent"
I don't define myself as a fan of burning tires or hitting triple digits but who doesn't like their car to have the best performance capabilities especially when price was roughly same as that of regular worthless sedans. I'm positive I'll never trade it because of its performance (pedal response, stability, handling) and shifts as smooth as butter. Okay, you guessed it right and mileage is more l...
by Joshua P. Thompson
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"akin to Dallas Cowboys"
Wanted a family hauler cum daily commuter and we actually got one at a vwery decent price. So many safety features( optional albeit) to keep us safe along with amazing infotainment system
by Stephen M. Tucker
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Our new Chrysler 300 drives very nimble as if floating over potholes droops since we have a lot of them here. Cranks up remotely to set the interior temp according to the weather outside which is a good thing.
by Eugene T. Stevens
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"300 is altogether in another league"
Mini Bentley, that's what we call it. Behind the wheel leaves a couple major impressions on a driver. For instance, the first thing I noticed was its quiet cabin and lots of legroom for the first row. Short on rear visibility but not something that grows with time.