2020 Chrysler 300

2020 Chrysler 300 Review: Old School American Gangster

by Morgan Carter

Another year has passed and Chrysler is, once again, offering its flagship 300 with little to no changes. Perhaps the manufacturer's resistance to a full redesign is because full-size sedans are declining in popularity, but it could also be because the Chrysler 300 is still extremely appealing for its moderate price tag. With a choice between a capable 292-horsepower V6 or a potent 363-hp V8, the predominantly rear-wheel-drive sedan has plenty of power to get around town with both speed and style. Its styling might be dated now compared to more modern rivals like the Kia Cadenza or Chevrolet Impala, but it pulls on the nostalgia strings in those that have the mid-life cash cushion to afford it. The lack of more standard high-tech gadgets also won't offend such buyers as it would the newer generation.

2020 Chrysler 300 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 300?

The latest iteration of the now-aged Chrysler 300 doesn't offer much in the way of changes. Mechanically and aesthetically, it remains exactly the same. However, it offers some new customization options. The newly available Red S Appearance Package is offered for the sportier 300S, dressing it up with Black Noise exterior badging, 20-inch Black Noise wheels, and a red insert on the Chrysler wing badge. The interior also gets a makeover with the available Radar Red upholstery color. The standard exterior color palette will be expanded later in the production year, too, with Amethyst, Frostbite, and Canyon Sunset.

Pros and Cons

  • Two powerful powertrains
  • Spacious cabin
  • Upscale materials and construction
  • Uncomplicated infotainment
  • Affordable price tag
  • Sinister styling
  • Most safety features are optional extras
  • Outdated interior
  • Lacks dexterity
  • Thirsty!

2020 Chrysler 300 Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Touring
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$30,040
Touring L
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$30,040
S
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$36,995
Limited
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$38,595
C
5.7-liter V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$41,995

300 Exterior

Despite being well into its second decade, the Chrysler 300 retains an elegant, if somewhat toned-down, visage. The front fascia is not as aggressive as those found on more modern rivals, with a broad black grille and bright chrome surrounds, matching the chrome tips on the dual exhausts. Sitting astride the grille are automatic halogen headlights, with the rear fascia gets LED taillights. LED fog lights are added on the 300S, which also gets a chrome surround on the black grille, matching the chrome wing badge. The Limited retains the chrome surround but replaces the grille with a Granite Crystal variant. The top-tier 300C gets adaptive bi-xenon HID headlights and a platinum grille with platinum surround. The base model rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, with the Touring L upwards getting 19-inch wheels, and the 300C gets the largest 20-inch items.

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Dimensions

As a large sedan, the Chrysler 300 is quite imposing with its lengthy 198.6-inch body and broad 120.2-inch wheelbase. It is quite short, however, standing only 58.5 inches high, although adding all-wheel-drive increases this to 59.2 inches. The cruiser can be tricky to park with its chunky frame, measuring 75 inches wide without mirrors. While hefty, the sedan's curb weight doesn't vary too much, starting at 4,013 lbs and maxing out at 4,380 lbs. This is quite a bit heavier than similar large sedans like the Kia Cadenza, which weighs in between 3,633 - 3,799 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

The color palette for the Chrysler 300 is quite limited for a premium vehicle. Only six paints are offered across the range. The palette comprises Gloss Black, Silver Mist, Velvet Red, Bright White, Ocean Blue Metallic, and Granite Crystal Metallic. Chrysler has advertised that three more colors will be added at a later date, including Amethyst, Frostbite, and Canyon Sunset. As to which one looks best; black, black, and yes, black are our top three choices - paired with the blacked-out styling on certain trims, it makes the 300 look downright thuggish.

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

300 Performance

Two powertrains are available to the Chrysler 300, each with different levels of performance, although neither is weak. The V6 engine is the standard option, delivering 292 hp and 260 lb-ft to either the rear wheels or all four. While not underpowered, this powertrain isn't quick, getting the hefty large sedan up to 60 mph from a standstill is an unimpressive 6.3 seconds. Opting for the all-wheel drivetrain might shave a fraction of a second off this, but it's largely surface dependant.

The optional V8 is far more potent, developing 363 hp and 394 lb-ft. However, it can't be paired with the all-wheel drivetrain. The extra power, and especially the extra torque, helps the Chrysler get its blocky rear in gear, improving acceleration time to around 5.3 seconds.

While most rivals also offer the option of an all-wheel drivetrain, the fact that Chrysler is sticking to its guns with standard rear-wheel-drive sets it apart from the competition, such as the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon, which have made the change to front-wheel-drive.

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Engine and Transmission

Under the hood of the majority of the Chrysler 300 range is a 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 292 hp and 260 lb-ft to the rear wheels, with optional all-wheel drive. Due to a re-tuned engine and unique air induction system, the 300S ups this to 300 hp and 264 lb-ft. While not overly impressive, this powertrain provides enough oomph to get the heavy sedan around town with relative ease and haste. Passing on the highway will require stepping a bit more boldly on the pedal, but it isn't a struggle.

The more powerful 5.7-liter V8 engine available to the 300S and standard on the 300C delivers 363 hp and 394 lb-ft to the rear wheels only. With the extra power, the sedan is able to jet around town and down the highway. Merging and passing become a breeze, and the added paddle shifters give you a bit more control when the automatic gearbox gets indecisive. It's a wave of old-school torque and noise, and it gives the 300C character that simply can't be found in any modern cookie-cutter rival.

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

Handling and Driving Impressions

The large sedan has good road manners for such a bullish vehicle. It's even more playful than you might think, but that doesn't mean it's even remotely athletic. The steering is light enough for town maneuvers but it's quite hefty at higher speeds, and never communicates well with the driver.

The 300 can handle corners without too much body roll, assuming you aren't crazy enough to launch the behemoth around a bend at high speed. Add the sport suspension with the 300S, and the Chrysler's handling tightens up a bit to help it accommodate more adventurous drivers. However, this suspension, coupled with the larger 20-inch wheels, has a severe negative impact on ride comfort.

As standard, the sedan absorbs road abrasions pretty well, especially with the competent suspension and smaller wheels on the Touring models. Even the more imposing Limited and 300C offer a smoother ride than the 300S. Mid-corner bumps can be a bit disruptive with the sedan's heavy weight.

Road and wind noise is muffled by the well-insulated cabin, although engine noise can reverberate when you apply the pedal aggressively. Not that we mind, the V8 sounds delectable.

300 Gas Mileage

While not particularly impressive, the mileage figures for the Chrysler 300 don't deviate much from the segment norm. When equipped with the standard V6 engine and rear-wheel-drive, the sedan gets 19/30/23 mpg across the city/highway/combined segments. Swapping out for the all-wheel drivetrain sees these figures drop slightly to 18/27/21 mpg. The V8 engine is restricted to rear-wheel-drive, but it is far thirstier, managing only 16/25/19 mpg. On the plus side, the Chrysler runs on regular gasoline, and with an 18.5-gallon tank, it can cover up to 425 miles before needing to find a gas station.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/30 mpg
* 2020 Chrysler 300 Touring L RWD

300 Interior

The interior of the sedan is certainly a blast from the past; Chrysler has made a few minor updates over the past decade, but the 300 still looks its age. That's not to say it doesn't have a certain old-school charm, and the materials are top-notch. The lower trims are quite limited on features, but the upper trims get most of what you would expect in a modern vehicle. The controls are laid out quite well, and the infotainment is extremely easy to use - a testament to the vehicle's more simplistic, old-world roots.

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Seating and Interior Space

The interior is eminently spacious, with more than enough room for up to five passengers. The seats are eminently comfortable at every level, with just as much legroom in the rear as in the front. In fact, the lounge-like interior remains comfortable for hours, making long drives pleasurable rather than annoying. However, headroom is a little lower than you might expect, and hip room in the rear seats means that squeezing three adults back there might be difficult if they're of a larger stature. The seats only offer eight directions of power adjustment, with four-way lumbar support, so finding the perfect driving position can be a little difficult, and all-round visibility is quite poor. Getting in is pretty easy, however, with wide-opening doors and a low step-in.

  • 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

Materials change quite a bit as you move up the trim levels, with cloth upholstery coming standard on the base Touring, in either Black or Linen, with Black accents. The Touring L gets leather upholstery in the same colors. Sport seats, upholstered in leather, are standard on the 300S, in Black, White, or Deep Mocha with Black accents, and a unique Piano Black trim. For $395, suede/Nappa leather can be added to the 300S in Black. The Limited gets leather-upholstered seats with perforated inserts, and while no extra colors are added over the Touring L, the trim is changed to Charcoal wood. Limited leather with perforated inserts appoints the 300C in Black, Indigo/Linen, or Deep Mocha with Black accents and Dark Brown wood trim. The dashboard and door panels are wrapped in soft-touch plastic, which feels better than it looks.

300 Trunk and Cargo Space

When you take into account its large size, it's hardly a wonder that the Chrysler 300 supplies pretty competitive cargo capacity for the segment, although rivals like the Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Impala have it beat. It has a standard trunk with a power lid, within which you can store up to 16.3 cubic feet of cargo. This is enough space for your daily grocery shopping or up to half a dozen carry-on bags. The rear seats can be folded down in a 60/40 split, although they can't be folded flat. This expands the cargo area a bit, almost doubling capacity.

Small-item storage is adequate for such a spacious cabin. There is a standard glove compartment and a large storage bin under the center armrest. There is a pretty deep cubby underneath the dashboard controls and a pair of cupholders beneath a sliding lid. The door pockets aren't very generous, though.

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  • Trunk Volume
    16.3 ft³

300 Infotainment and Features

Features

The lower trims levels of the 300 are pretty sparsely equipped, but they get enough comforts and conveniences to appeal to those who want a more premium cruiser. The Touring is upholstered in cloth and comes equipped with dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and an eight-way power driver's seat with four-way lumbar support. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and allows for tilt-and-telescopic adjustment. Standard safety features comprise a rearview camera and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Upholstery is upgraded to leather on the Touring L, while the front passenger seat gets the same adjustability as the driver's seat, and both front seats gain heating. The 300S replaces the bucket seats with sport variants, and a remote engine start function is added. More premium features are added at the Limited level, such as a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. The top-tier 300C gets heated and cooled front cupholders, a Lux leather-wrapped steering wheel, and premium leather upholstery. A dual-pane panoramic sunroof can be optioned to any model above the base Touring.

Infotainment

The infotainment system on the Chrysler 300 seems appropriate for such an old-model sedan. Naturally, it has been updated a bit over the years, but it is still extremely simplistic. It does, however, get most of the modern-day gadgets buyers will expect. The 8.4-inch touchscreen interface comes installed with Bluetooth compatibility, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The six-speaker sound system provides playback for AM/FM radio, HD Radio, and SiriusXM. Two dual USB ports are provided to charge smart devices and an auxiliary audio input jack is provided for more analog interaction. The standard six-speaker sound system is upgraded to a six-speaker Alpine premium set-up on the 300S up, while a nine-speaker Alpine sound system can be optioned on the Touring L and 300S. Further upgrades are available, such as a 19-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system.

300 Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power awards the large cruiser a dependability score of 78 out of 100. Originally introduced in 2011, the Chrysler 300 has been recalled many times over the years. Most recently, it was recalled in 2019 for faulty driver warning gauges. Three recalls were issued in 2018: inability to cancel cruise control, installation of incorrect transmission park rods, and possibility that the voltage regulator may fail. New purchases are covered by a 36,000-mile/36-month basic warranty, while the powertrain warranty and roadside assistance are valid for 60,000 miles/60 months.

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 2020 model has only been rated for side and rollover crash-testing by NHTSA, for which it received five and four stars, respectively. The ratings from the IIHS are more mixed, with side and moderate overlap front tests scoring Good, small overlap front driver-side scoring Moderate, and headlights getting a score of Poor.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

The Chrysler gets the standard features you'd expect on any sedan, but it lacks many standard advanced safety features. Stability and traction control, ABS, EBD, and a rearview camera come standard, along with seven airbags: dual front, driver knee, front side, and side curtain. The SafetyTec Plus Group adds forward collision avoidance, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, front and rear parking assist, and rain-sense wipers.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Chrysler 300 a good car?

While it may be entering its golden years, the nine-year-old Chrysler 300 still remains popular among buyers who want good value for money when it comes to usually pricey large sedans. There are more modern and far more luxurious vehicles on the market, but the old-school Chrysler offers enough luxury and features to keep it relevant in today's world.

Considering its affordability, the 300 isn't poorly appointed. It gets access to most of the comfort and convenience features you would expect on a near-luxury sedan, such as heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, remote engine start, and power-adjustable front seats. It even gets a mostly up-to-date infotainment suite that includes standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

However, one area where the sedan really shows its age is safety features. The Chrysler gets no advanced safety features as standard, aside from the legally required rearview camera. Gaining access to any driver-assistance aids requires installing one of the available packages at extra cost; and, even then, the package is not as comprehensive as what more modern rivals offer.

Nonetheless, the powerful engine options (especially the desirable V8) and the spacious interior of the sedan, with a pretty functional trunk, make the Chrysler quite appealing to buyers who want a practical daily driver than makes them appear more affluent than they actually are. Overall, the 300 series sedan is still a relatively good car, despite the plethora of better sedans on the market. They will just cost you more.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Chrysler 300?

The price tag on the Chrysler is quite reasonable for the large sedan segment, with the entry-level Touring starting at $29,590. The L version of the Touring hikes the price up quite a bit to $33,115, while the sportier 300S will cost you $36,695. The penultimate Limited remains under $40k, with a starting MSRP of $38,595. Getting behind the wheel of the top-tier 300C will set you back $41,995. All-wheel drive can be added to every trim, save for the 300C, at a surcharge of $2,750, while the optional V8 on the 300S will add $3,000. These prices exclude tax, licensing, registration, and Chrysler's $1,495 destination charge.

2020 Chrysler 300 Models

The Chrysler 300 is available in five trim levels: Touring, Touring L, 300S, Limited, and 300C. Standard under the hood of the first four trims is a 3.6-liter V6 engine, delivering 292 hp and 260 lb-ft to the buyer's choice of rear or all four wheels. This engine is slightly re-tuned on the 300S, developing an extra eight horsepower and four lb-ft. Available on the 300S, and standard on the 300C, is a 5.7-liter V8 that develops 363 hp and 394 lb-ft. Both powertrains come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The entry-level Touring rides on 17-inch wheels and comes equipped with automatic halogen headlights, LED taillights, and LED daytime running lights. Comfort and convenience features comprise dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and an eight-way power driver's seat with four-way lumbar. The infotainment suite includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, SiriusXM, and a 4G LTE hotspot. A rearview camera and an auto-dimming rearview mirror cover safety.

The Touring L upgrades the wheels to 18-inch variants and upholsters the interior in leather instead of the standard cloth. The front seats gain heating functionality and the passenger seat gets the same eight-way power-adjustability and four-way lumbar support as the driver's seat.

Changes to the 300S are mostly cosmetic, making it look a bit sportier than the rest of the range. It rides on 20-inch alloys and gets LED fog lights, as well as blacked-out exterior accents. Inside, the bucket seats are replaced with sports seats and the model gets unique access to a Piano black interior trim. It also gets an upgraded six-speaker premium sound system, remote engine start, and a performance suspension.

For the Limited trim, the focus is on increasing comfort and luxury, dressing the interior in leather upholstered seats with perforated inserts. Ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel all keep everyone cozy, while the power tilt-and-telescoping steering column makes finding an ideal driving position easier.

At the top of the range, the 300C gets uniquely styled 20-inch wheels and HID headlights. Premium leather with perforated inserts upholsters the seats, and heated and cooled front cupholders are handy additions.

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Additional Packages

As sparsely equipped as the majority of the Chrysler 300 models are, it's not surprising that a plethora of options is available to customize your purchase. The Driving Convenience Package ($995) for the Touring upgrades the wheels to 18-inch variants and adds LED fog lights and remote engine start. The Touring L gets the Value Package ($3,295), which also offers LED fog lights and remote engine start, as well as a panoramic sunroof, navigation, and SiriusXM Traffic. The SafetyTec Group ($1,695) for each model from the 300S up is the only way to add advanced safety features; these include adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear park assist, and rain-sense wipers. The Limited and 300C can upgrade the rather bland standard sound system with a 19-speaker Harman Kardon setup with surround sound for $1,795.

🚗What Chrysler 300 Model Should I Buy?

A large part of the Chrysler 300's appeal lies in its affordability within the segment. For this reason, we suggest getting the best value for your money and not aiming for the unnecessarily expensive models. However, as modern buyers, it's hard to settle for a car with no advanced driver-assistance features, so we recommend the cheapest model that offers the SafetyTec Group, namely the 300S. It also gets more comfortable sport seats with plush leather upholstery. The performance suspension is a nice bonus that helps the bulky sedan handle a little better. If you are willing to tack on an extra $3,000, you can also opt for the potent V8 powertrain. We would.

2020 Chrysler 300 Comparisons

Dodge Charger CarBuzz
Rolls-Royce Phantom Rolls-Royce
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Chrysler 300292 hp19/30 mpg$30,040
Dodge Charger 292 hp19/30 mpg$29,995
Rolls-Royce Phantom 563 hp12/20 mpg$455,000

2020 Chrysler 300 vs Dodge Charger

Sharing a platform with its cousin, the Dodge Charger comes standard with the same V6 engine as the Chrysler 300, as well as the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 option. However, the upper trims get access to an even more potent 6.4-liter SRT HEMI that develops a whopping 485 hp and 475 lb-ft. This means that the Charger can easily outmuscle the Chrysler, if you're willing to make the upgrade, hitting the 60 mph mark in close to four seconds. It also handles well for such a large vehicle, since it shares the same long, broad platform as the Chrysler. In just about every other aspect, the Dodge mirrors its cousin; the infotainment, safety suite, and comfort features are all carry-overs. However, the Charger has a slightly larger 16.5-cubic-foot-trunk, making it slightly more appealing as a daily driver. With a starting price of less than $30k, it's also pretty good value for money. Overall, the Dodge is on par with the Chrysler 300 in most areas, while besting it in a choice few. It's the better buy here, and it definitely screams America more than the muted styling of the Chrysler

See Dodge Charger Review

2020 Chrysler 300 vs Rolls-Royce Phantom

Comparing these two large sedans is almost a joke. And the punchline is the price tags; the base Rolls Royce Phantom will cost you more than ten times as much as the most expensive Chrysler. For this ludicrous investment, you get a legitimate land yacht that was truly designed to be driven in rather than to be driven. Right off the bat, it gets a twin-turbo V12 throwing out 653 hp and 664 lb-ft, giving it insane acceleration and the ability to pass just about any car on the highway at a whim. The 19-cubic-foot trunk is more than spacious enough to carry all Miss Daisy's luggage, but she better have the cash on hand to fill up the tank every five minutes. But if you can afford a half-million-dollar car, who cares about fuel consumption? The Rolls Royce is the better choice here, for the select few able to afford it.

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