2021 Chrysler 300

2021 Chrysler 300 Review: A Sentimental Favorite

If you're the type of person who prefers paging through physical books instead of swiping on a Kindle, the Chrysler 300 could be the big sedan that tugs at your nostalgic heartstrings. Old-school sedans like this one simply don't sell in the numbers that they once did, which is why rivals like the Chevrolet Impala have been discontinued entirely. Still, there's something endearing about the 300's effortless swagger and its burly Hemi V8 engine with 363 horsepower. Chrysler has added more safety equipment for the 2021 model year, but this is one area where the 300 shows its age. It also uses lots of gas and its Dodge Charger corporate cousin offers even more power. But in a crowd of crossovers, we're happy that the flawed but characterful Chrysler 300 still exists.

New 2021 Chrysler 300 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 300?

Chrysler has streamlined the 300 lineup in the USA this year. Only four trims - Touring, Touring L, S V6, and S V8 - are on offer, which means that the Chrysler 300 Limited and Chrysler 300C derivatives have fallen away. Both the Touring L and S variants now come with front/rear parking sensors, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert. On the S models, the Red S Appearance Package is standard and adds 20-inch Black Noise wheels, Black Noise exterior badges, and a front fascia applique in Gloss Black. Two new packages are now on offer for the Touring L and S versions: these are the Comfort Group Package and the Popular Equipment Package. They add features like adaptive bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps, a heated steering wheel, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and a premium sound system.

Pros and Cons

  • Styling has aged well
  • Two powerful engines
  • Hemi V8 sounds great
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Plenty of space for four
  • Heavy on gas
  • Interior can't conceal its age
  • Lacks the most modern driver safety aids
  • Base model is rather sparsely equipped
  • Poor visibility

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2021 Chrysler 300 Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Touring
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$30,795
Touring L
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$30,795
S V6
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$37,745
S V8
5.7L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$41,395

300 Exterior

Objectivity should always be applied when assessing the appearance of any vehicle, but putting that aside for a moment, can there be any doubt that this is a way more appealing car than a high-riding crossover? Wide and long, the 300 still has plenty of presence. A black grille with a bright surround on the lower two trims is replaced by a black chrome surround on the sportier Chrysler 300S V6 and V8. Bi-functional halogen projector headlights and LED DRLs are standard, while wheel sizes range from 17 inches to 20s. A dual-pane panoramic power sunroof can be optionally equipped to the top three trims.

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Dimensions

At 198.6 inches in length, the 2021 Chrysler 300 is longer than a Mercedes-Benz E-Class but shorter than an S-Class. Other dimensions paint a picture of the Chrysler's considerable footprint, with a width of 75 inches and a 120-inch wheelbase. The height varies between 58.5 and 59.2 inches depending on wheel size and whether the sedan is equipped with AWD or RWD. In terms of curb weight, the base 300 with the V6 engine and RWD registers a figure of 4,013 pounds while in AWD guise, it weighs 4,267 lbs. The heaviest model is the V8 at 4,380 lbs.

  • Length 198.6 in
  • Wheelbase 120.2 in
  • Height 58.5 in
  • Max Width 75.0 in
  • Front Width 63.4 in
  • Rear Width 63.8 in

Exterior Colors

Chrysler has availed a choice of nine exterior colors for the 300. These include subdued tones like Bright White, Silver Mist, Granite Crystal Metallic, and the stealthy Gloss Black, as well as more outrageous hues of Amethyst, Ocean Blue, Frostbite, Velvet Red, Canyon Sunset. None of these colors will add anything to the bill, but we're partial to the moody Gloss Black which contrasts nicely with the car's various chrome embellishments. Then again, the sporty S models look great in Bright White with the darker wheels and grille. On that note, both the S V6 and S V8 are limited to just six colors, with Frostbite, Ocean Blue, and Amethyst falling away on these models.

  • Amethyst
  • Bright White Clearcoat
  • Canyon Sunset
  • Frostbite
  • Gloss Black
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Ocean Blue Metallic Clearcoat
  • Silver Mist Clearcoat
  • Velvet Red Pearlcoat

300 Performance

As before, two powerful engines are on offer, starting with the 3.6-liter V6 engine that is standard on the first three trims. It can be paired with either rear- or all-wheel drive. With this engine and in RWD guise, the 300 can get from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds according to independent tests. That's not blisteringly quick but should be fast enough for most. To unlock even more performance, the 5.7-liter V8 engine is the one to go for as it delivers a strong 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. Standard on the 300S V8, this engine can power the 300 from 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds according to Chrysler, although independent testing has shown that this version of the 300 can reach 60 mph in around 5.3 seconds. That's quicker than the V6-engined Toyota Avalon but not as quick as supercharged versions of the Dodge Charger. Then again, the Charger is one of the quickest four-door family sedans in the world. If you want a Chrysler 300 AWD with a V8 engine, you're out of luck as only the V6 can be had with an AWD system. With either engine, the Chrysler 300 has a maximum towing capacity limited to just 1,000 lbs.

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Engine and Transmission

Large-capacity engines sans turbocharging is a sign of the 300's age, but these powerplants both deliver their power cleanly. The base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine produces 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, but these figures rise to 300 hp/264 lb-ft for the S V6. This engine can be paired with either RWD or AWD, while an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission is standard. The S V8 gets the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with a stout 363 hp and 394 lb-ft and also uses an eight-speed auto.

The Hemi's lazy nature is reflected in its maximum engine speed of just 5,800 rpm, but in our review, it moved the big sedan along at an effortlessly rapid pace and emits a pleasing rumble when pushed. Passing slower traffic and merging on the highway is no chore for the big V8, and it's this engine that best suits the 300 as it quickly gets the sedan up to the top legal speed and then some. The V6 isn't bad, but it needs to work harder at higher speeds. Around town, it delivers more than enough power. The transmission is a quick and unfussed unit, only pausing for a bit longer than ideal when stepping heavily on the gas. Both S-badged derivatives come with paddle shifters for drivers who prefer to take more control over proceedings.

  • Engines
    3.6L V6 Gas, 5.7L V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

With good noise suppression, hefty proportions, and uncommunicative steering, the 300 is better-suited to high-speed cruising on the open road than carving through a twisty mountain pass. On the highway, the driver and occupants will appreciate the sedan's ability to soak up surface imperfections and keep everyone comfortable. However, the S V6 and S V8 don't ride as serenely as the base trims due to its performance-tuned suspension and, considering that the 300 isn't fundamentally a sporty sedan, these models don't add much more athleticism to the mix. Body roll is well-contained and the light electrically-assisted steering aids maneuverability around town, although, in more acute corners, you can certainly feel the sedan's weight. This doesn't encourage one to really cane it, but that's in keeping with what is expected from cars in this segment. As mentioned, noise suppression is good, but the engines emit a noticeable roar at higher revs. It's a much more pleasing sound than a coarse turbocharged four-pot, though.

300 Gas Mileage

Those big engines will ensure fairly regular visits to the pumps. Equipped with the V6 and RWD, the Chrysler 300 returns EPA-rated figures of 19/30/23 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles. Those numbers drop to 18/27/21 mpg when AWD is added, but the heaviest model on gas is the V8. It will only manage 16/25/19 mpg. An 18.5-gallon gas tank applies to all derivatives, so the 300's range in a mix of city/highway driving will vary between 351 and 425 miles. By comparison, the most efficient non-hybrid Toyota Avalon can manage up to 25/34/28 mpg.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/30 mpg
* 2021 Chrysler 300 Touring L RWD

300 Interior

It might still impress the neighbors from the outside, but the 300's interior has undeniably aged. Fortunately, this perception relates mostly to the dated design, but once you start using it, the cabin functions well. The controls for the ventilation and infotainment system don't require a steep learning curve, the lounge-like seats are super comfortable and spacious, and the upper trims feel quite luxurious. The Touring is rather basic, though, with cloth upholstery and no heated seats. But higher up, the 300 comes with Nappa leather upholstery and power-adjustable seats for both occupants in the front. The safety suite remains rather disappointing, as lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control are both optional, and only on the top two trims.

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Seating and Interior Space

Seating comfort is a highlight of the Chrysler 300, with comfortable cushioning keeping everyone happy over longer trips. Added to that, there will be enough leg- and headroom for all but the very tallest adults. Although three passengers can fit at the back, two will be happier. Regardless of the model you choose, the driver's seat boasts eight-way power-adjustment with lumbar support, while a memory system for the seat and tilt/telescoping steering column is available. Unfortunately, rearward visibility is obscured by thick roof pillars, so lane changes require careful attention from the driver. The standard blind-spot monitoring system on the top three trims is certainly a welcome feature in this car. A low step-in height contributes to easy ingress and egress.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.8 in
  • Front Head Room 38.6 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.9 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Chrysler offers a selection of six interior color schemes for the 300 sedan. These include Black, Black/Linen, Black/Smoke, and Black/Radar Red. However, your choice of trim will dictate which interior colors are available. The base trim comes with cloth seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, while the Touring L is upgraded with Nappa leather upholstery. On the S models, Nappa leather sport bucket seats are equipped. Further color schemes will be available later in the model year, including Deep Mocha and Indigo/Linen. On the lower two trims, Charcoal wood hydrographic interior accents with Satin Chrome bezels are standard, while the 300S has Piano Black/Satin Chrome accents with Piano Black bezels.

300 Trunk and Cargo Space

The Chrysler 300's trunk is well-sized and on par with other sedans of a similar size. 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space is enough for daily needs, a couple of golf cases, or around six carry-on suitcases. A 60/40-split-folding rear bench seat can be tumbled forward to accommodate lengthier items.

Interior storage space is useful rather than brilliant, as we found the door pockets to be a bit smaller than we'd prefer. The usual glove compartment applies, while the center armrest lid can be lifted to reveal a well-sized storage space. All models have two LED-illuminated cupholders in front and more cupholders integrated into the rear-seat armrest.

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  • Trunk Volume
    16.3 ft³

300 Infotainment and Features

Features

For access to the best features, you'll need to upgrade to at least the Touring L. However, the 300 isn't exactly laden with features to the same standard as some other large sedans. The base Touring comes with remote keyless entry/go, push-button ignition, automatic headlamps, and dual-zone climate control. It also gets a manual tilt/telescoping steering column, an eight-way power driver's seat with four-way power lumbar support, and safety equipment like a rearview camera and hill-start assist. The Touring L adds heated front seats, an auto-dimming exterior driver's side mirror, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The S versions come with paddle shifters and a performance suspension, but what really sets the top three trims apart from the Touring are their options. These models can be equipped with a driver's seat memory system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a heated steering wheel, a power panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

Infotainment

All 300s come standard with the brand's Uconnect 4C infotainment system that combines all the essential connectivity features with a menu layout that is easy to get to grips with. An 8.4-inch touchscreen color display provides access to HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM radio with an inclusive six-month trial. Along with Bluetooth audio streaming, there is a media hub with a pair of USB ports and an audio jack, while the system can also respond to voice commands. A six-speaker sound system is standard on the lower two trims, while the S V6 and S V8 use six premium Alpine speakers and throw in a 276-watt digital amplifier. On the upper three trims, nine premium speakers with a subwoofer placed in the trunk are available, as is navigation with SiriusXM Traffic Plus.

300 Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power's latest score of 79 out of 100 for the Chrysler 300 isn't as high as rivals like the Toyota Avalon and now discontinued Chevrolet Impala. On a more positive note, no recalls have yet been issued for the 2020 or 2021 models of the sedan, indicating that reliability has improved through the years, as does a steadily-declining number of complaints since 2013 by owners. The 2019 version did suffer one recall for driver warnings which could fail to illuminate within the instrument cluster.

An unremarkable limited warranty covers the Chrysler 300 for three years or 36,000 miles, depending on which comes first. The powertrain warranty is a bit better, extending for five years or 60,000 miles. Roadside assistance is offered for five years/60,000 miles.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

300 Safety

The IIHS's ratings for the 2020 version of the Chrysler 300 carry over to 2021; while the sedan returned mostly Good ratings in all crashworthiness tests, it was rated as Marginal for the small overlap front driver-side test. The headlights did not perform well, with the lowest rating of Poor. At the NHTSA, the 2020 Chrysler 300 managed a four-star overall safety rating. The sedan performed best in the side crash test with a five-star rating but attained four stars for both the frontal and rollover tests.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

The Chrysler 300 has really fallen behind the pack in this area. As standard, none of the trims are equipped with the driver-assist technologies expected of a modern sedan. On the base Touring, you get more basic safety gear like a rearview camera, electronic stability control, brake assist, tire-pressure monitoring, rain brake support, all-speed traction control, and ready alert braking. The airbag count includes front multi-stage airbags, side-curtain airbags, and a driver's knee airbag, totaling six. On the top three trims, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and front/rear parking sensors are added. Optional on these trims are forward collision alert, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. It would have been nice to see features like a head-up display and a surround-view camera being offered.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Chrysler 300 a good car?

Years later, the Chrysler 300 has managed to just about remain relevant. With its strong V6 and V8 powertrains, bold styling, and comfortable interior, it offers an old-school sedan experience that is refreshing in an SUV-obsessed era. There is a lot of space for all occupants, a well-sized trunk for everyone's stuff, and an infotainment interface that still feels competitive despite the age of this sedan. Once you remove the cool factor from the equation, the 300 starts to fall behind rivals like the Kia Cadenza because it is severely lacking in terms of standard safety features, returned lower than expected safety scores, and is far from a fuel-sipper. It's also not the most agile large sedan around. If you can live with these flaws, the Chrysler 300 has loads of character and should prove a satisfying prospect, but you won't be at the helm of a class-leader.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Chrysler 300?

The 2021 Chrysler 300 will cost $30,445 for the Touring, excluding a destination charge of $1,495. That's a $405 increase over last year's model. Next is the Touring L at an MSRP of $33,620, followed by the S V6 at a price of $37,395 and $41,395 for the S V8. These prices all exclude tax, licensing, and registration costs. Opting for AWD on the lower two models will add $2,750 to the bill, but both S derivatives can only be had with RWD.

2021 Chrysler 300 Models

Chrysler has reduced the 300 range for the 2021 model year, leaving just four trims: Touring, Touring L, and S V6, and S V8. All versions besides the top trim come with a 3.6-liter V6 engine as standard, which produces 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft in the lower two trims and 300 hp/264 lb-ft in the S V6. Both Tourings can be upgraded from RWD to AWD, but the S trims are limited to RWD. However, the S V8 is the only variant that has the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine with 363 hp and 394 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic transmission is common to all 300s.

The base Touring comes with bi-functional halogen projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, heated wing mirrors, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the base price gets you cloth-upholstered seats, an eight-way power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system.

The mid-range Touring L's specs include LED fog lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, and Nappa leather upholstery.

Moving up to the S V6 equips a performance suspension, transmission paddle shifters, black exterior finishes, and 20-inch wheels. It additionally comes with Nappa leather sport bucket seats and an upgraded sound system with a 276-watt digital amplifier.

Finally, the S V8 combines the sportier upgrades of the S V6 with the most powerful Hemi V8 engine. This model takes power up to a burly 363 hp and the 0-60 time drops to just over five seconds.

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Additional Packages

All Chrysler 300 sedan trims are missing some essentials, so it is just as well that there are numerous packages available to upgrade each trim. For the Touring, there are fewer available options, but you can opt for the $995 Driver Convenience Group that adds 18-inch polished aluminum wheels on RWD variants, remote start, LED fog lamps in front, and the convenience of a universal garage door opener. This trim can also be made to look snazzier via either the Chrome or Sport Appearance packages. These packages add Chrysler 300 mods like 20-inch wheels, but the brighter finishes of the Chrome Appearance Package are traded for black exterior trim on the Sport Appearance Package. These packages cost $1,500 each but can't be specced together.

On the top three trims, the Comfort Group adds ventilated seats, adaptive bi-xenon HID headlamps, heated rear seats, a power steering column, and a driver's memory system, among other items. Unique to the S V6 is the S Model Appearance Package that equips the sedan with premium fog lamps, a body-color spoiler at the back, performance side sills, and a unique performance front fascia for $2,195. One of the boxes we'd tick is for the SafetyTech Plus Group (not available for the Touring) which adds driver aids like adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and full-speed forward collision warning. This goes for $2,395 on the Touring L and $1,795 on the S.

🚗What Chrysler 300 Model Should I Buy?

While we would love to go for the Hemi V8, this engine choice can only be paired with the S trim which not only raises the price but comes with that performance suspension which doesn't do the ride quality any favors. The base Touring is too sparsely equipped, so considering all of this, we'd go for the Touring L. We'd equip it with the SafetyTech Plus Group as this includes many of the driver aids found in rival sedans. All that being said, if value is less of a concern, large gas bills won't trouble you, and you can live with the ride, the S V8 is a truly unique offering in this segment.

2021 Chrysler 300 Comparisons

Dodge Charger CarBuzz
Rolls-Royce Phantom Rolls-Royce
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Chrysler 300292 hp19/30 mpg$30,445
Dodge Charger 292 hp19/30 mpg$29,995
Rolls-Royce Phantom 563 hp12/20 mpg$455,000

2021 Chrysler 300 vs Dodge Charger

These two corporate cousins both represent powerful large sedans at a fairly low starting price. However, both also have some of the same flaws, such as a dearth of standard driver-assist technologies, thirsty engines, and some iffy interior materials. They even share similarly problematic blind spots. The Chrysler is undoubtedly the more luxury-oriented of the two, though, while the Charger is even quicker with an available supercharged V8 engine producing over 700 horsepower. Of course, that particular Charger carries a massive price tag. The two share a user-friendly infotainment system and trunks that are almost identical in size, so neither can outdo the other in terms of practicality. At the end of the day, the biggest difference is in the appearance and spirit of the two; the 300 is grander but more demure, while the Charger will suit the more flamboyant enthusiast.

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2021 Chrysler 300 vs Rolls-Royce Phantom

If you squint really hard from a distance, it might be tricky to tell the Chrysler 300 apart from the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The 300 is one of those vehicles that looks more expensive than it actually is, but no matter how many chrome embellishments you throw at it, it's not possible for it to match the grandeur of the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Then again, it really shouldn't since the Phantom starts in excess of $450,000, an amount equivalent to more than ten V8-equipped Chrysler 300s. In basically every area that counts, the Phantom goes the extra mile to show you where all that money has been spent, from its serene powertrain to its near-silent ride and the majestic cabin that makes the Chrysler feel as if it was assembled in someone's garage. To call the 300 a poor man's Rolls-Royce would be a generous description of the Chrysler; that's how wide the gap is between these two vehicles.

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