2018 Chrysler 300

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2018 Chrysler 300 Review

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.

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2018 Chrysler 300 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 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

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.

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2018 Chrysler 300 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Touring L
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
5.7L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
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2018 300 Exterior

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  • Length 198.6 in
  • Wheelbase 120.2 in
  • Height 59.2 in
  • Max Width 75.0 in
  • Front Width 63.4 in
  • Rear Width 63.8 in
  • Curb Weight 4,267.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Redline Red Tricoat Pearl, Build Out:07/06/2017 +$695
  • Bright White Clearcoat
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Build Out:03/07/2018
  • 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

2018 300 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    3.6L V6 Gas, 5.7L V8 Gas, 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT
  • 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.

2018 300 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

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

2018 300 Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    16.3 ft³

2018 300 Safety and Reliability


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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

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

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 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

Dodge Charger Dodge
Buick LaCrosse Buick
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Chrysler 300292 hp19/30 mpg$34,295
Dodge Charger 370 hp16/25 mpg$33,200
Buick LaCrosse 194 hp25/35 mpg$29,570

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.

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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.

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