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2020 Chrysler 300 Review

The 2020 Chrysler 300 has two powerful engine choices and a roomy, mostly upscale interior. It places in the bottom half of our large car rankings, in part because its rivals have quicker reflexes, better safety scores, and smoother rides.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent engines
  • Rich, roomy cabin
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Less agile than rivals
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Harsh ride in 300S
  • Below-average safety score

Rankings & Awards

The 2020 Chrysler 300's #5 ranking is based on its score within the Large Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2020 Best Large Car for the Money award. Currently the Chrysler 300 has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 56 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 8.0
Safety: 8.3
Reliability:
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Is the Chrysler 300 a Good Car?

The Chrysler 300 is a decent large car. It has a lot going for it, but is held back by a poor safety score and a harsh ride in some model. That said, it offers plenty of space to stretch out in its nicely appointed (albeit slightly dated) cabin, and it features one of the best infotainment systems on the market. We named it a finalist for our 2020 Best Large Car for the Money thanks to its combination of quality and value.

Should I Buy the Chrysler 300?

The 300’s strong engines, refined interior, and lengthy list of standard features make it a solid choice in the segment, but there are other large sedans worth your consideration. The Dodge Charger is a performance-oriented alternative, while the Nissan Maxima provides more standard safety features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chrysler 300?

The 2020 Chrysler 300 is part of a generation that debuted for the 2011 model year, and there have been a number of changes throughout the years. 

During a midcycle refresh for 2015, Chrysler updated the interior styling and added a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. After that, there were no major changes until the 2018 model year, when Chrysler introduced the Touring and Touring L trim levels and discontinued the 300C Platinum trim. For 2020, the 300 gains a new Red S Appearance package.

For most shoppers, we suggest a 300 from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 model years. Not only are they similar to newer models, but they’re also cheaper.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Chrysler 300, 2018 Chrysler 300, and 2019 Chrysler 300 reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 56 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 56 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 review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current 300 generation, which runs from 2011 to 2020.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Does the Chrysler 300 Cost?

The 2020 Chrysler 300 starts at $29,590 in its base Touring trim, which is about average for the class. Several midlevel trims are also available, including the Touring L ($33,115), 300S ($36,695), and Limited ($38,595). The top-of-the-line 300C trim has a starting price of $41,995. All-wheel drive is available for $2,750 in all but the top trim level.

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Chrysler 300 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chrysler 300 or Dodge Charger?

The Dodge Charger isn’t as well-rounded as the 300, but it’s a better choice for those looking for more horsepower and tighter handling. The Dodge is fairly agile and offers a wider range of engine options than the 300. There's even an SRT Hellcat trim with a monstrous 707-horsepower V8. Still, the 300 is a better choice for most shoppers because of its better predicted reliability rating, longer features list, and higher-quality interior.

Which Is Better: Chrysler 300 or Nissan Maxima?

The Nissan Maxima has a lengthy list of standard features, but that's about the only advantage it has over the 300. The Maxima comes standard with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 driver assistance package, which includes lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and more. However, the 300 is better in nearly every other way. While the Maxima only offers one powerful V6 engine, both a V6 and V8 engine are available in the 300. The Chrysler also has more room for passengers and their cargo, and it features nicer interior materials. The 300 is the winner in this matchup.

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300 Interior

How Many People Does the 300 Seat?

The 300 has seating for five people, and its wide seats provide plenty of room for adults. However, rear visibility is hindered by thick roof pillars.

An eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat and cloth upholstery are standard. Available amenities include an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, Nappa leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and ventilated front seats. You can also equip the 300 with memory settings for the driver's seat, power-adjustable steering wheel, exterior mirrors, and radio presets.

300 and Child Car Seats

There are three full sets of LATCH connections for the 300's rear seats. The upper tethers are easy to locate, but the lower anchors are set too deeply in the seats.

300 Interior Quality

The 300 has some of the nicest cabin materials in the class. There are some plastic surfaces, but they’re soft to the touch. Reviewers also note that the 300 is very quiet inside. However, some critics claim that the interior is starting to look a bit dated.

300 Cargo Space

With 16.3 cubic feet of space, the Chrysler 300's trunk is on par with those of other large cars. The 300 also comes standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats, which makes it easier to stow large items.

300 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The standard Uconnect infotainment system earns praise for being user-friendly and intuitive. The touch screen has crisp graphics and responds quickly to user inputs. The menus are logically arranged, and there are additional physical controls for audio and climate settings.

Lots of impressive infotainment technology comes standard, including an 8.4-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, six speakers, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, and voice recognition. Available features include navigation, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

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300 Performance

300 Engine: Two Powerful Engines

Both of the 300’s available engines pack plenty of punch. The base 300 comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 292 horsepower, and there's an optional 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 363 horsepower. The V6 is strong enough for most shoppers, but those who want some extra pep should consider the V8. Both engines come with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

300 Gas Mileage: On Par for a Large Car

The 2020 Chrysler 300 delivers 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with its base engine and rear-wheel drive. That's decent for a large car. With all-wheel drive, fuel economy drops to 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

The 300 equipped with the V8 engine gets 16/25 mpg city/highway.

300 Ride and Handling: Not So Fast

The 300 has a decent ride quality and capable handling, but it can feel overwhelmed when taking sharp corners too quickly. The 300s has a firm suspension and larger wheels, so ride quality worsens.

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300 Reliability

Is the Chrysler 300 Reliable?

The 2020 Chrysler 300 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Chrysler 300 Warranty

Chrysler covers the 300 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 crash tested the 2020 Chrysler 300 sparingly, giving it five out of five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Chrysler 300 the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test. Properly equipped 300 models earn the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its optional front crash prevention technology. However, the 300's headlights received the lowest possible rating for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

300 Safety Features

The only standard active safety equipment in the 300 is a rearview camera. Available advanced safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. Automatic high-beam headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers are also available.

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300 Dimensions and Weight

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

Where Is the Chrysler 300 Built?

The 2020 Chrysler 300 is built in Canada.

Which Chrysler 300 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Chrysler 300 comes in five trims: Touring, Touring L, 300S, Limited, and 300C. The first four trims come with a V6 engine, while the 300C comes standard with a V8 engine. The V8 is available in 300S models. All trims come standard with rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available for $2,750 in all but the top 300C trim.

The base Touring trim has more than enough features for most shoppers. If you're looking for a stronger engine, you'll have to step up to the 300S or 300C to get it.

Chrysler 300 Touring

The base 300 Touring trim costs $29,590 and comes with an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, cloth upholstery, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and a rearview camera. The standard Uconnect infotainment system features an 8.4-inch touch screen, six speakers, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, voice recognition, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Several styling packages are also available.

Chrysler 300 Touring L

The Touring L trim (MSRP: $33,115) adds an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, and Nappa leather upholstery.

Several technology packages are available. The Value package ($3,295) includes navigation, a panoramic sunroof, LED fog lights, and remote start.

Chrysler 300S

The 300S has a starting price of $36,695 and makes an additional 8 horsepower from the standard V6 engine. This trim also comes with a stiffer suspension, larger wheels, and remote start. This is the lowest trim to offer the available V8 engine, but unlike in the 300C trim, this option costs extra in the 300S.

For the 2020 model year, this trim also has an available Red S Appearance package that adds unique accents like red Nappa leather sport seats. The trim also offers a SafetyTec Plus Group ($2,995) that includes adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Chrysler 300 Limited

The Limited trim starts at $38,595. It comes with a heated steering wheel with wood accents, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and heated rear seats. This model also features memory settings for the driver's seat, power-adjustable steering wheel, exterior mirrors, and radio presets.

This trim offers the same SafetyTec Plus Group package as the 300S.

Chrysler 300C

The 300C trim (MSRP: $41,995) comes standard with the V8 engine and quilted Nappa leather upholstery.

You can also add the Safety Tec Plus Group package to the 300C trim.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Chrysler 300 is a fine choice among large cars. It boasts ample cabin space, many standard features, and two strong engine choices. However, its rivals have comfier rides, sharper handling, and better rear visibility. We suggest checking out what the competition has to offer before you decide.

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
  • "If you like your sedans big and sinister, with lots of power, adept handling and the latest high-tech features, the … Chrysler 300 satisfies all these demands and more. Luxurious and well appointed, 300 trims with the V8 engine easily rival some pricey European luxury brands." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "The Chrysler 300C is a big American sedan with a floaty ride, but the V6 is more than adequate and there's space aplenty. Cars such as the 300 are becoming rare these days, and though there are flaws, the car's size, quietness and price make a compelling case." -- Edmunds (2018)
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