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2018 Chrysler 300

$28,995 - $40,995
Price Range (MSRP)
Chrysler 300

2018 Chrysler 300 Review

by Roger Biermann

Having first arrived a decade and a half ago, the Chrysler 300 features prominently in the large sedan segment. With an affordable entry-level price and a competitive top-end cost ($28,995 - $40,995), the Chrysler offers two punchy engine options across five trim levels, with a mid-range Sport option. With the more powerful V8 engine producing 363 horsepower, the 300C gives ample power to satisfy without quite making it to the 'Sports Sedan' level. Featuring in the same category as the Buick Lacrosse and the Dodge Charger, the Chrysler offers the most space and comfort in-cabin with seamless engine performance. On the other hand, both rivals are much better equipped in terms of safety and have earned better reliability scores. The Chrysler remains a good contender in this segment, although the purchase of additional packages is required to bring it up to par.

2018 Chrysler 300 Changes: What’s the difference vs 2017 300?

The Chrysler 300 range has been shuffled and re-ordered for 2018 in terms of the five available models; the 2018 base model comes in at a cheaper price than before too. Due to these changes, the 2018 base model has smaller wheels than the year before, and leather seating is swapped for cloth bucket seats as standard. Where power-adjustment and ventilation for front and rear seating was included on the base model previously, the 2018 version offers only power adjustment for the driver. Other than a line-up revamp, there are also various new packages available across the range.

Pros and Cons

  • Spacious and roomy cabin
  • User-friendly and modern infotainment system
  • High-quality interior
  • Silky-smooth transmission
  • Sub-par rear visibility
  • Less than average safety ratings
  • Flighty handling and steering

300 Exterior

The exterior design largely carries over from 2017, with differences highlighted between trim levels. The base trim has body-color mirrors caps and door handles, LED daytime running lights and tail-lamps, dual exhaust tips and the distinctive bright chrome surrounding the blackened grille. Exterior enhancements on the 300S include LED fog lamps and black LED tail lights as well as an available S-model appearance package. Door handles and mirrors on the 300 Limited trim are chromed, and on the top-end 300C, the exterior is highlighted in platinum accents. The range also sports various wheel choices, ranging from 17-inch painted aluminum to 20-inch polished with Satin Clear finish.

2018 Chrysler 300 Front View
2018 Chrysler 300 Rear View
2018 Chrysler 300 Front View
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Dimensions

As a full-size sedan, the 300's 198.6 inches in length and 75 inches in width are similar to the dimensions of rivals in this category. The wheelbase for the 300 is 120 inches and standing at 58.7 inches in height, it is only slightly larger than competitors like the Buick Lacrosse and Dodge Charger. The curb weight for the 300 varies from 4,013 lbs at the entry point of the range, to 4,380 lbs for the fully-loaded 300C with all-wheel drive equipped.

Exterior Colors

Buyers have a palette of ten colors from which to choose, one of which - Redline Red Tri-Coat Pearl - has limited availability and adds $695 to the total price. The remaining options are broadly spaced on the color spectrum and include Billet Silver Metallic, Bright White, Maximum Steel Metallic, Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic, Ocean Blue Metallic, Gloss Black, Ceramic Grey, and Green Metallic, all at no additional cost.

  • Redline Red Tricoat Pearl, Build Out:07/06/2017
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Build Out:03/07/2018
  • Bright White Clearcoat
  • Ceramic Grey Clearcoat
  • Gloss Black, Build Out:07/03/2018
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Green Metallic Clearcoat
  • Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat
  • Ocean Blue Metallic Clearcoat
  • Velvet Red Pearlcoat

300 Performance

With five models from which to choose, the range offers two engine options: a 3.6-liter V6 engine, which is standard on the Touring, Touring L, Limited and 300S trims, and a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, which is optional on the 300S, but is the only configuration available on the top of the range 300C. The base engine produces 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, while the bigger powertrain makes 363 hp and 394 lb-ft. In between these figures, on the 300S, the same V6 engine has been tuned to produce 300 hp and 264 lb-ft for a slightly sportier feeling without the need for the V8 HEMI. All trim levels have rear-wheel drive as standard, although all-wheel drive can be configured optionally on all models with the V6 engine. The V8 option is only available as a rear-wheel drive, although it is the better performing drivetrain. Reaching a top speed of 155 mph, the 300C can do 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. While this is by no means a sport sedan, the 300 provides similar outputs to the Dodge Charger, with which it shares engines and architecture, and is slightly more impressive than the Buick Lacrosse.

2018 Chrysler 300 Front View Driving
2018 Chrysler 300 Rear View Driving
2018 Chrysler 300 Exhaust

Engine and Transmission

The entry-level engine, which is standard on three of the five models (and optional on one more) is a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine producing 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is subtly tuned in the Sport trim to provide a little more power at 300 hp and 264 lb-ft. On the 300C - and available on the 300S - is the 5.7L HEMI V8 engine producing the most power in this range. Both engine configurations are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and although there is no option to shift manually on trims other than the 300S, the gear shifts are smooth and intuitive in both acceleration and when shifting down.

At take-off, even the V6 is impressive, producing sufficient power to move the heavy sedan body and with rapid upshifts from the automatic transmission, providing power at a consistent rate. Paired with available all-wheel drive, the V6 is versatile too, capable of handling snowy and wet weather without overwhelming the tires. The V8 option is decidedly more athletic, and also produces the typical V8 bellow, which is unique in this segment and gives the 300C a certain amount of cachet lacking in more humdrum rivals.

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

Handling and Driving Impressions

The 300 in all variations lives up to the idea of an effortless and smooth drive, thanks to a good suspension that actively smoothes out even the slightest bumps in the road. A noiseless cabin and buttery acceleration make for an almost effortless driving experience, with the exception of very light steering, which may be useful in tight, urban conditions, but on the open road translates to constant driver correction for some degree of wandering. Steering could be improved by a weightier feel with more road feedback.

There is also substantial body roll around corners and when coming to a stop, and although road grip feels competent, the handling is a little too soft. The 300S may offer a little more satisfaction in this regard due to added performance-tuned suspension and available Sport mode, which allows for more rapid throttle responses via paddle-shifters. Upgrading to all-wheel drive does improve the handling of the 300 somewhat, especially on more challenging road surfaces.

The best selling point for the 300 is the superb dampening in the cabin, which ensures a quiet, luxurious drive.

300 Gas Mileage

With the base engine being the same across the majority of the range, the gas mileage for the Chrysler 300 is noted at 19/30/23 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycle for all models equipped with the 3.6-liter engine. For the 300C with the bigger 5.7-liter engine option, fuel consumption is not as good - 16/25/19 mpg on the same cycle, and substantially heavier than four-cylinder rivals. For trims configured with all-wheel drive, gas mileage drops to 18/27/21 mpg (bearing in mind that the 300C is only released as a rear-wheel drive). With a fuel tank capacity of 18.5 gallons, the 300C with its V8 engine has a range of 351.5 miles, whereas the variants featuring the V6 and RWD manage 425.5 miles before needing to refuel.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 18/27 mpg
* 2018 Chrysler 300 Touring AWD

300 Interior

The design team for the 300 retained the excellent reputation this vehicle has for being spacious and comfortable inside. With a roomy cabin and ample space in the front and rear, the 300 is characterized by high-quality materials (even in the base model's cloth upholstery downgrade from the previous year's leather interior) and compares really well to other vehicles in the segment. Although the entry-level model does not have leather seats and no heating or ventilation is offered, the Touring L trim provides leather-trimmed bucket seats and heating in the front, with both options being standard on the Limited trim and up. The range has an excellent infotainment system featuring an 8.4-inch touchscreen and six-speaker sound system as standard and also boasts the ability to fit two car seats in the rear with ample space to spare.

2018 Chrysler 300 Infotainment System
2018 Chrysler 300 Front Seats
2018 Chrysler 300 Rear Passenger Seats
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Seating and Interior Space

Roominess and space are concepts which the 300 has in spades; five passengers fit easily, although the middle seating in the rear may prove slightly uncomfortable for long-legged occupants due to the driveshaft tunnel. For the driver and front passenger, leg room, shoulder room, hip room, and headroom are above-average, featuring high on the rankings in this segment for even the six-foot and above passengers. The rear seat is equally spacious, although the wide and flat seating itself can be improved to better fold around slimmer passengers. A lack of seating adjustment is a disadvantage on the driver's side, and although front-facing visibility is good, the small rear window and large rear pillars make for a problematic rear-view. The positioning of the exterior mirrors isn't very helpful either, and with such a large body to maneuver, can be a real drawback.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

On the entry-level Touring model, the 300 is fitted with cloth-upholstery seats, available in either black or linen options. The Touring L offers leather-trimmed bucket seats in black or linen Nappa leather, and the 300S variant presents two standard options from which to choose, namely black Nappa leather or a combination of black and smoke leather with embroidered logo. Four other options are available on the 300S, including Caramel accent stitching on black leather, vari-colored perforated inserts, and leather trim with Alcantara suede bolsters. Three color options are available for the 300 Limited, featuring Nappa leather with axis II perforated leather inserts in Black, Deep Mocha or Linen. On the top spec 300C, both the Black and Deep Mocha options are available as standard, and a unique combination of premium indigo/linen can be equipped.

300 Trunk and Cargo Space

Featuring one of the bigger trunk spaces in this segment, the 300 has 16.3 cubic feet of cargo room. Added to this is the ability of the rear seats to fold down in a 60/40 split, which creates ample volume for numerous suitcases, although the prominent wheel arches do narrow space somewhat and would make it more difficult to place larger items with ease. A wide trunk opening makes loading simple.

With a full-length floor console, lockable glove box, and rear-illuminated cupholders, a reasonable amount of interior storage space is also available although the operation on the center console bin lid is somewhat tacky. There is a small overhead console for sunglasses, and slim front and rear door pockets.

2018 Chrysler 300 Rear Passenger Seats
2018 Chrysler 300 Rear View
2018 Chrysler 300 Rear View
  • Trunk Volume
    16.3 ft³

300 Infotainment and Features

Features

The most notable features on the entry-level Touring trim include keyless entry, tilting and telescoping steering column with leather steering wheel and power steering. While the lower-end models have audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel, the 300S and 300C variants also have transmission controls by means of steering-mounted paddle shifters. All trims are equipped with dual-zone automatic temperature control and rearview back-up camera. An electronic stability control program includes brake assist, hill start assist, and traction control. Adding a sunroof is an option for all trim levels, and although the base model has no seat heating, the Touring L and 300S models have heated front seats, while Limited trim and above boast heated and ventilated driver and front passenger seats, and heating in the rear.

Infotainment

Fitted with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, the Uconnect infotainment system on the 300 range is programmed with logical menus on an easy-to-use interface that works rapidly without lagging. The base sound system included on entry-level models comprises a six-speaker audio system which can be upgraded to include an amplifier and premium speakers on the 300S, and through additional packages to incorporate ten-speaker Beats Audio or 19-speaker Harman Kardon systems. The infotainment system is Apple CarPlay and Android Audio compatible, and also features Bluetooth streaming and integrated voice commands. Two USB ports and an AUX connection are also available to complete a relatively standard infotainment package; navigation is not incorporated as standard and needs to be added through one of the packages.

300 Problems and Reliability

The Chrysler 300 has a 60 month/60,000 mile powertrain warranty and roadside assistance plan, as well as 36 months/36,000 miles full warranty coverage. Corrosion is backed up by a 36 month/unlimited mileage policy as well, and the vehicle scores a 3.5 out of 5 on the JD Power Predicted Reliability Scale, which is somewhere between average and better than most. Despite generally good scores, there have been some recalls for the 2018 year model for electrical system and wiring issues that include software problems and cruise control errors. As a result, the 300 rates slightly lower than rivals in this regard.

300 Safety

The NHTSA scored the 300 sedan range at an overall rating of four stars out of five. Earning the best possible score of Good in all crash tests from the IIHS, the 300 was given a lower rating of Marginal in the small overlap front segment.

Key Safety Features

In terms of standard safety features, the 300 range seems below average to what is available on rival motor cars. Many of the advanced safety features need to be equipped by means of additional packages purchased, with only airbags, cruise control, a rearview camera, and an electronic stability control system (which includes hill start assist, alert braking and rain brake support) as standard. There are also two sets of LATCH child seat tethers. Forward collision warning and active braking are package-specific, and the SafetyTec Plus package is an optional extra, but significantly contains important features such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking assistance, which are standard on many competitors.

Verdict: Is the 2018 Chrysler 300 a good car?

First released back in 2005, the Chrysler 300 has a lot going for it in terms of a beautiful, well-appointed and spacious cabin. Although it also features an almost silent drive and a superior transmission system, there is the drawback of the airy steering and imprecise handling. With lower-than-average safety scores, it is also noteworthy that to get the most from this vehicle, equipping an additional package (most importantly the SafetyTec Plus) is almost essential. Despite this, the Chrysler 300 remains a good choice for those looking for a large, comfortable ride; it fares well against the Buick Lacrosse but comes in behind the Dodge Charger overall. It may be a good idea to shop around a bit, as rivals from Kia and Hyundai are fast giving buyers all the great aspects of the 300 and a whole lot more in one all-inclusive product.

What's the Price of the 2018 Chrysler 300?

The entry-level model 300 Touring, in rear-wheel drive configuration, is priced at $28,995. The Touring L trim is the next level up and has an MSRP of $32,640 while the 300S costs $36,295. The fourth trim level is the 300 Limited, with a price of $36,281. The top of the range 300C is $40,995 without any additional extras; all of the above prices are quoted for the rear-wheel drive configurations and exclude a $1,095 destination charge.

2018 Chrysler 300 Models

Chrysler offers the 300 in five trims: Touring, Touring L, 300S, 300 Limited, and 300C.

The base model is named the 300 Touring and features the 3.6-liter V6 engine and the same eight-speed automatic transmission that is standard across the range. It has 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, LED headlights, and dual exhaust tips, with cloth upholstery, a six-speaker sound system, and a rearview camera.

The Touring L model includes all the aforementioned features and the same engine, but swaps the standard wheels for 18-inch fully polished rims. Interior upgrades include leather-trimmed bucket seats that are heated in the front, a cargo net and security alarm, as well as a rear armrest.

The mid-range 300S model can be configured with either the 3.6 V6 engine or the 5.7 V8 (at a cost of $3,000 for the bigger powertrain). As the Sport trim, this model includes performance-tuned suspension and Sports drive mode, 20-inch hyper-black wheels, and black tail lights. Interior changes comprise performance leather seats, remote engine start, a better six-speaker audio system and paddle-shifters on the steering wheel.

Second from the top, we have the 300 Limited, with the 3.6 V6 engine, 20-inch wheels and chrome detailing on exterior mirrors, door handles, headlamp bezels and taillamps as well as a Granite Crystal grille. The interior features wood-grain inlay, premium leather seating that is heated and ventilated in the front, and heated for the rear occupants.

The top-of-the-range 300C model boasts the 5.7 V8 HEMI as standard, and is only available in the rear-wheel-drive configuration, whereas the V6 models can be selected in either drivetrain option. Satin clear 20-inch wheels are unique to this trim, with platinum exterior accents on the door handles, around the grille and on the mirrors. Adaptive Bi-Xenon headlamps and luxury perforated leather seating are exclusive on this model, as well as real wood accents, heated/ventilated front cupholder and luxury leather steering wheel.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
300 Touring
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$28,995
300 Touring L
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$28,995
300S
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$36,295
300 Limited
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,545
300C
5.7-liter V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$40,995
See All 2018 Chrysler 300 Trims and Specs

Additional Packages

The range of available packages can be somewhat confusing, as the packages are not given a standard price across the range. Instead, each trim level has a unique version of the packages and is thus priced differently. On the Touring model, a Convenience Group bundle is available for $995, which mainly caters to 18-inch wheels and upgraded suspension. Two Appearance packages can be added, also offering changes to wheels, moldings and adding power heated exterior mirrors.

On the Touring L trim, the available driver convenience package includes features such as navigation, remote start, LED fog lamps and various Sirius products at $2,395. The Value package costs $2,995 and has similar features to the previous bundle, but includes a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. The 300 Premium package is the most comprehensive addition and at a price of $3,295 incorporates a 10-speaker Beats premium audio system, blind spot monitoring, cross path detection, and front-and-rear park assist to those features already mentioned in the first two packages.

The 300S has various appearance, audio and wheel-related upgrades available, as well as the significant SafetyTec Plus package. Priced at $2,345, this bundle includes a full house of advanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, cross path detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and front, and rear parking assist, as main features to note. Two groups of Premium features are also available, ranging in price from $1,895 to $3,495 and adding a selection of the following features: certain driver safety aids, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, media hub and integrated voice command, bi-xenon headlamps, heated second row seats, power backlight sunshade and heated and ventilated front seats.

The 300 Limited offers the previously mentioned SafetyTec package at $2,995 as well as an upgraded Harman Kardon sound system bundle for $1,795, which enhances both the infotainment experience as well as fleshes out the meager standard driver aids on board.

The fully-loaded 300C has the option of adding on a Premium Leather interior package for an extra $1,995 or upgrading to the Sun, Sound and Navigation package (priced at $3,695) for an additional premium sound system, panoramic sunroof, and navigation. The SafetyTec package is also available on this trim.

What Chrysler 300 Model Should I Buy?

The Touring L model is an excellent option as it encompasses good luxury features with a value-for-money powertrain and a few stylistic enhancements, such as 18-inch wheels and leather interior. However, with the less-than-ideal handling and driving experience, the 300S is the best option if you are going to invest in a Chrysler sedan - the performance-tuned suspension and bigger available V8 engine make for a more enjoyable drive with better throttle response, while maintaining the look and class of the sedan. The rear-wheel drive is more than sufficient, so spending the $2,500 to upgrade to all-wheel-drive will be better directed at the SafetyTec package or one of the Premium bundles to equip more driver aids and safety features.

2018 Chrysler 300 Comparisons

2018 Chrysler 300
2018 Chrysler 300

2018 Chrysler 300 vs Dodge Charger

In comparing entry-level models, the Dodge and Chrysler are priced within the same range. The Charger has nine configurations from which to choose however, and tops out the range with the expensive Hellcat model, whereas the Chrysler 300 offers a much cheaper fully-loaded option. The Charger is an excellent comparison point as the interior dimensions for these two vehicles are almost identical, being based on the same platform, although the Charger has a lighter curb weight yet gas mileage ratios remain the same. Both entry-level models have shared 3.6-liter V6 engines and produce similar power outputs. What breaks the tie is the higher safety ratings and a more comprehensive list of standard features on the Charger, which also offers a less jostling ride and better handling.

See Dodge Charger Review

2018 Chrysler 300 vs Buick LaCrosse

Front-wheel drive is the standard configuration on the Lacrosse, and with eight options in the Buick range, is priced generally higher than the Chrysler. Smaller engine options are available for the Lacrosse as well, which has the benefit of better fuel consumption rates but offers less power. The Lacrosse has slightly smaller dimensions, and as a result, is not as spacious as the Chrysler, with less trunk space and a more compact cabin area. The Chrysler undoubtedly wins out on sheer comfort, with the more luxurious and high-quality interior. The Buick suffers at the hands of cheaper materials throughout and gives a less premium impression overall. Even with its less-than-ideal handling, the Chrysler is the better option.

See Buick LaCrosse Review

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