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2021 Chrysler 300 Review

The 2021 Chrysler 300 sits near the bottom of our large car rankings. Though it has powerful engine options and lots of cabin space, it’s less agile than some class rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious cabin
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Powerful engines
  • Not as agile as competitors
  • Firm ride in 300S trim

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Chrysler 300's #5 ranking is based on its score within the Large Cars category. Currently the Chrysler 300 has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 55 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 8.0
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 8.3 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
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Is the Chrysler 300 a Good Car?

Yes, the Chrysler 300 is a good large car. It has a comfortable cabin with room for adults in both rows, and it comes with a feature-packed and easy-to-use infotainment system that can keep everyone entertained. Performance is a mixed bag. While the 300 has two potent engine options and a fairly composed ride, the car’s bulk results in some excessive body lean when cornering. The 300S trim improves handling, but it makes this Chrysler's ride quality pretty stiff.

Why You Can Trust Us: 55 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 55 Chrysler 300 reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This 2021 Chrysler 300 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2011.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

Should I Buy the Chrysler 300?

The 300’s reasonable starting price, powerful engine, and spacious cabin make it seem like a good value at first glance, but there are better options in the class. The Toyota Avalon, for example, costs more than the Chrysler, but it's a more well-rounded vehicle. Even a lower-ranking car like the Dodge Charger warrants a look if you’re shopping based on performance. The Charger boasts stronger engines and better handling than the 300.

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2020 vs. 2021 Chrysler 300: What's the Difference?

For the 2021 model year, Chrysler discontinued the 300 Limited and 300C trims, leaving just the 300 Touring, 300 Touring L, and 300S. Otherwise, the 2020 and 2021 models are nearly identical.

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Chrysler hasn't redesigned the 300 since 2011. Here are the key changes for the 300 over the last few years:

  • 2017: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay introduced and made standard
  • 2018: Touring and Touring L trims introduced; 300C Platinum trim discontinued; some features shuffled between trims
  • 2019: no major changes
  • 2020: added Red S Appearance package
  • 2021: 300 Limited and 300C trims discontinued

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Chrysler 300, 2019 Chrysler 300, and 2020 Chrysler 300 reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Chrysler 300 Cost?

The 2021 Chrysler 300’s base Touring trim starts at around $30,400, which is average for the large car class. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and adding all-wheel drive to the base model is a few thousand dollars more.

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Chrysler 300 Versus the Competition

Chrysler 300 vs. Dodge Charger

Because of its poor predicted reliability rating, the Dodge Charger sits just below the 300 in our large car rankings. That said, the Dodge is a better choice for performance-oriented shoppers. The Charger's engine lineup is far more expansive, ranging from a 292-horsepower V6 in its base SXT trim to a 797-horsepower V8 in the SRT Hellcat Redeye. The Dodge also delivers more confident handling than the Chrysler. On the other hand, the 300 has a nicer cabin than the Charger, in addition to its higher predicted reliability rating. Choosing between these two depends on if you prioritize performance or interior refinement.

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Chrysler 300 vs. Toyota Avalon

Both the Toyota Avalon and the Chrysler 300 have roomy seating for adults, a user-friendly infotainment system, and a powerful base V6 engine, but the Toyota is the better vehicle. While the 300 costs several thousand dollars less and offers a strong V8 engine, the Avalon delivers a more comfortable ride, a higher predicted reliability rating, and more standard safety tech like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. If you have room in your budget, go for the Avalon.

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300 Interior: Spacious Cabin, Intuitive Infotainment System

300 Cargo Space

There's 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space in the Chrysler 300, which is about average for a large car. The 300 comes with a 60/40-split-folding back row that you can fold down to create even more space.

How Many People Does the 300 Seat?

The 300 can seat up to five people. Both rows of seats are comfortable, even for adults. However, some critics note that the thick roof pillars hinder rear visibility.

300 and Child Car Seats

There are three complete sets of LATCH connectors in the Chrysler 300. The connectors are relatively easy to use, but the lower anchors are set too deeply in the seats, and the lower anchor for the middle seat can be difficult to maneuver around.

300 Interior Quality

For the most part, the 300 comes with high-quality cabin materials. Even the plastic surfaces on the doors and dash are soft to the touch. Still, the 300's interior design isn’t as modern as those of class rivals.

300 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

This Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system features an 8.4-inch touch screen with sharp graphics and simple, responsive menus. The 300 also comes with physical climate and audio knobs, which make it easier to adjust settings while driving.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six speakers, Bluetooth, voice command, two USB ports, satellite radio, and HD Radio
  • Available infotainment features: navigation and a nine-speaker premium audio system
  • Additional standard features: proximity keyless entry and push-button start
  • Other available features: remote start

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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300 Performance: Comfortable Cruiser With a Punchy Engine

300 Engine

The 300’s base engine is a V6. Most trims get a 292-horsepower version, while the 300S gets a retuned version that delivers 300 horsepower. There’s also a 5.7-liter V8 available in the 300S that produces 363 horsepower. A smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission is paired to each engine.

300 Gas Mileage

With the standard V6 engine, the 300 gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the large car class. All-wheel-drive models with the V6 deliver 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. V8-equipped 300S models get 16/25 mpg city/highway.

300 Ride and Handling

The 300 has a generally pleasing ride with light and easy steering. However, the vehicle feels big around corners, and the 300S trim delivers a considerably harsh ride. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

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300 Reliability

Is the Chrysler 300 Reliable?

The 2021 Chrysler 300 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Chrysler 300 Warranty

The 300 comes with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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300 Safety

300 Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Chrysler 300 an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test.

As of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not tested the 2021 Chrysler 300, but the IIHS gave the similar 2020 model the highest rating of Good in four out of five crash tests. It received the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front crash test.

300 Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

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300 Dimensions and Weight

The 300 is about 16.6 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,013 to 4,380 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Chrysler 300 Built?

Chrysler builds the 2021 300 in Canada.

Which Chrysler 300 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2021 Chrysler 300 is available in three trims: Touring, Touring L, and 300S. The base Touring and Touring L trims come with a 292-horsepower V6 engine, while the top 300S trim comes with a retuned version of the V6 that puts out 300 horsepower. A potent V8 is available only in the 300S. Rear-wheel drive is standard in every trim, and all-wheel drive is available in the first two. The base Touring trim has plenty of technology features, but if you want more safety tech, you'll have to step up to the Touring L.

The base Touring trim starts at around $30,400, but official pricing information for the other trims is unavailable at the time of writing.

Chrysler 300 Touring

The Touring trim comes with an infotainment system that includes an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six speakers, Bluetooth, voice command, two USB ports, satellite radio, and HD Radio. This trim also comes with cloth upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a rearview camera.

A Driver Convenience Group package adds remote start and fog lights.

Chrysler 300 Touring L

The Touring L trim adds an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, Nappa leather upholstery, heated front seats, remote start, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The available SafetyTec Plus Group package adds forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights. The Comfort Group package adds heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and memory settings for the driver's seat and the power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. An upgraded infotainment system with navigation and nine speakers is also optional.

Chrysler 300S

The 300S features the more-powerful V6 engine, larger wheels, a performance-enhanced suspension system, a Sport driving mode, black and red exterior accents, and sport seats.

This is the only trim available with the optional V8 engine. You can also add the Comfort Group package, the S Model Appearance package (with fog lights and unique sporty styling), and an upgraded infortainment system with navigation and nine speakers.

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The Final Call

The 2021 Chrysler 300 is a solid large car. It boasts potent engine options, a roomy cabin, and a user-friendly infotainment system, but most class rivals offer more comfortable and engaging rides.

Don't just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Despite the fact that Chrysler's large sedan launched way back in 2005, constant updates and revisions have kept it both attractive and somewhat relevant, even as we push into the '20s." -- Car and Driver (2020)
  • "Don't come to the Chrysler 300 looking for politeness. This is a big, bold sedan in the classic sense, exuding refinement and comfort while sneering at modern trends like lightweight construction and dynamic handling. The 300 is heavy, powerful, quiet and smooth on the road." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "You can't keep a good car down, and the 2020 Chrysler 300 lives on. If your idea of a large car is a big backseat, V8 power and rear-wheel drive, Chrysler has just the thing." -- Autotrader (2020)
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