2021 Chrysler 300 Review
The Chrysler 300, though it's been on sale in its current form for a decade now, remains one of our top picks in the large sedan class. Highlights include an attractive cabin design, plenty of head- and legroom, and an easy-to-use infotainment system. Chrysler has done a good job at keeping this aging four-door current. A muscular V8 engine is available too.
However, the 300 feels a little more ponderous from behind the wheel than some other large sedans. Also, Chrysler keeps most of the 300's advanced driver safety features, such as forward collision mitigation, as options. For a vehicle like this, we'd expect them to be standard. Overall, though, we're fond of the 300. Check out our 2021 Chrysler 300 Expert Review to get our in-depth take.
There is nothing small about the Chrysler 300. It's a large sedan in nearly every sense of the word, with a spacious, upscale interior, a long wheelbase for a smooth ride, and muscular engines to move more than two tons of mass. Top it all off with an in-your-face design and the only thing that's quiet about the 300 is its almost total lack of noise on the road.
How does the 300 drive?
The 300 is built for smooth and powerful cruising, and it hits the mark. The optional V8 muscles the big sedan forward without drama, but lean into it with gusto and you'll be met with a rumbling exhaust note and powerful thrust. An eight-speed automatic transmission offers crisp and clean shifts, and some models come with paddles to take over when you like.
This isn't a sport sedan, even in taut 300S guise, but it does handle athletic tests well. The brake pedal is responsive with plenty of stopping power. The steering is light and easy to turn at low speeds, and it firms up at highway speeds to give you a better feel of heft. But on tight turns, the 300 makes its mass felt, even with a stiffened suspension and sticky tires on the 300S version.
How comfortable is the 300?
Chrysler delivers on its premium, near-luxury promise inside the cabin. Very little road noise, and only slightly more from the wind, is apparent when the 300 is rolling along. The climate control system works impressively fast and is easy to operate through the main controls. The seats are also plush and supportive, and even sportier 300S versions prioritize comfort.
Overall, though, the ride is more stiff than you might expect. Our 300S test car had a suspension that couldn't quite keep rough roads from being felt in the interior. Yet it doesn't detract from an otherwise serene drive, and we expect non-300S models handle bumps more effectively.
How’s the interior?
The 300 sometimes feels like more of a house than a car. Interior space is massive and one of the main reasons to consider purchasing one. Five passengers fit easily and four fit like kings. The big door openings and flat roofline make it easy to slide in and out. It offers a huge array of seat and steering wheel adjustments to accommodate drivers of all shapes and sizes.
Big sedans unfortunately come with big blind spots. The high shoulder line and large pillars are difficult to see around, especially when looking out the rear. Lane changes should be made with care. Thank goodness for a clear and crisp standard rearview camera.
How’s the tech?
The factory navigation system is easy to use with simple graphics, if you opt for it. And if you don't, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard. The nine-speaker Alpine audio system is an add-on, and it provides plenty of thump.
Safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are helpful, and additional features such as front and rear parking sensors, lane departure and lane keeping assist are available in packages. Available voice controls are fairly rudimentary but effective, and tech features such as remote start, car finder and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot are optional as well.
How’s the storage?
Chrysler made good use of available space in the 300. Room in the trunk, at 16.3 cubic feet, is very good for the class, especially considering the rear-wheel-drive hardware underneath. The trunk is slightly narrow between the wheels, but otherwise it's a standout in the large sedan class. Interior storage is also good, with plenty of cupholders and a wide center console hold that's perfect for small items.
The back seats fold down in a 60/40 split and have easy-to-access anchor points for child car seats. Larger rear-facing child seats should be no problem to install because there is so much space between the rear seats and the front. You can even get three of them side by side, and the ample door openings make installation a snap.
How economical is the 300?
The V8-powered 300S is estimated by the EPA to get 19 mpg combined (16 city/25 highway). We averaged 17 mpg in our combined testing miles, with an 18.6 mpg average on our highway-heavy evaluation loop that should have returned a result in the low 20s.
Is the 300 a good value?
The 300's interior is solidly built. Chrysler paid a lot of attention to fit and finish, and the quality of the materials is also pleasing. But the pricing can run uncomfortably high, especially if you get the V8 and a bunch of optional features. At that point, you might consider buying a luxury-branded sedan. Chrysler's warranty coverage is average.
The 300's rather timeless design is a rarity in an industry that changes drastically every few years. It backs up that classic look with a focus on interior space and smooth performance. You do have to choose between the too hard 300S and the too soft versions, but the 300 makes up for it with a combination of airtight luxury and intoxicating style.
Which 300 does Edmunds recommend?
Unless you really want the optional V8 in the 300S, we think the Touring L offers the best bang for your buck. It doesn't cost much more than the Touring, and it adds some nice luxury touches and safety items. Perhaps more important is the greater breadth of customization offered by numerous available option packages.
Chrysler 300 models
The 2021 Chrysler 300 is a large sedan sold in three trim levels: Touring, Touring L and S. All trims come standard with a 3.6-liter V6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. In the Touring and Touring L, it produces 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The S model bumps output slightly to 300 hp and 264 lb-ft. Optional for the 300S is a 5.7-liter V8 with 363 hp and 394 lb-ft. Rear-wheel drive is standard across the board, though all-wheel drive is available on Touring and Touring L trims.