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2021 Chrysler 300 Review: An Oldie, But A Goodie

Chrysler has long been the go-to brand for those who have a taste for no-frills luxury. The 2021 Chrysler 300 is the last remaining sedan from the automaker in the USA. Powered by a choice of high-displacement engines, both the V6 and Hemi V8 motors are about as nostalgic as it gets when the world is moving towards hybridization and electrification. Still, it's hard to deny the allure of up to 363 horsepower of naturally aspirated gasoline power, and as part of a dying breed, there isn't a whole lot of competition to the 300 sedan. Also falling under the Stellantis umbrella, the Dodge Charger is a similarly powerful sedan, though not quite as luxurious, while the Toyota Avalon brings 6-cylinder strength from across the ocean. The 2021 Chrysler 300 is an antique, having been around in its second-gen guise for a decade, so it can't stand up to more modern rivals in terms of performance, but that doesn't mean we are ready to let go of it just yet, especially since these large sedans are becoming rarer.

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2021 Chrysler 300 Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 300?

First released in 2011, the current-generation 300 sedan is aging, but the automaker has at least tried to keep the model up to date. This year, the lineup has been trimmed down to four trims, and additional features like front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert are included on the Touring L and S. The latter also comes with the Red S Appearance Package and larger 20-inch alloys as standard. Furthermore, these two lower-tier trims can be upgraded with the Comfort Group and Popular Equipment Package, which bring HID headlamps, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, and a premium sound system, among others.

Pros and Cons

  • Near-timeless good looks
  • A pair of potent powertrains
  • Impossible-to-resist V8 soundtrack
  • Intuitive infotainment suite
  • Spacious interior for people and stuff
  • Looks its age on the inside
  • Lacking many desirable safety features
  • Not a lot of equipment on the base model
  • Large blind spots
  • Gas-guzzler of note

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2021 Chrysler 300 Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Touring
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$32,215
Touring L
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$32,215
S V6
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$39,165
S V8
5.7L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$41,395

300 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • 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
  • Curb Weight 4,013.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • 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

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Engine and Transmission

There aren't all that many naturally aspirated vehicles left in the world, as turbocharging and electric assistance have shown much better results in terms of improving both performance and fuel economy. Nevertheless, the nostalgic character of the 3.6-liter V6 under the hood of the Chrysler 300 cannot be denied. This engine develops 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque for the Touring and Touring L, while the S V6 trim tunes up the specs to 300 hp and 264 lb-ft. Both rear- and all-wheel drive are available to the Tourings, while the S sticks with RWD only.

The name of the S V8 tells you exactly what's under the hood, but it definitely announces its presence with that glorious soundtrack. A total of 363 hp and 394 lb-ft is available to the vehicle, and only a rear-wheel drivetrain is offered alongside it. In every configuration, an 8-speed automatic transmission handles the gear shifts for the driver. On the more engaging S derivatives, a set of paddle shifters are included if you feel the need to do the work yourself to get up to top speed. Independent tests show that the 300 S sedan can manage 0 to 60 mph in around 5.3 seconds.

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

300 Gas Mileage

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

300 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • 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

300 Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    16.3 ft³

300 Safety and Reliability

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

US NHTSA crash test result

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

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2021 Chrysler 300 a good car?

The biggest selling point of the 2021 Chrysler 300 is that there are not many cars like it left in the world. Old-school, naturally aspirated V6 and V8 power is rare, and seeing it packaged in such a handsome exterior is hard to resist. The interior of the vehicle is equally stylish, and there is a certain level of luxury, too, though it can't measure up to what the Germans bring to the market. Both the NHTSA and IIHS give a relatively sound safety rating review of the 2021 Chrysler 300, though it falls a little short in the frontal crash tests. It also benefits from the years of refinement, meaning that reliability is all but assured.

As a daily driver, it is comfortable and sophisticated, though not quite as modern as the cars being sold alongside it. The cabin is spacious and the trunk is accommodating, with only the more practical SUVs and crossovers easily beating what's on offer. All in all, it's a solid 4-door sedan offering from the automaker, so long as you don't mind doing without some of the more up-to-the-minute safety features that are becoming more readily available, and even standard, on contemporary vehicles.

๐Ÿš—What Chrysler 300 Model Should I Buy?

The starting MSRP of the 2021 Chrysler 300 sedan is quite reasonable at $31,540, excluding destination and handling, but the Touring is a little too spartan for our liking. The S V6 is an excellent middle ground at $38,490, but for just $2,000 more, you can get access to that beatific V8. There are some drawbacks, naturally. These include a much higher gas bill, courtesy of that 5.7-liter displacement, and the performance suspension does hurt ride quality. But it's just so hard to find a V8 in an executive sedan these days that we say, why not spoil yourself? It also gets access to the full gamut of features available to the 300 lineup.

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