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Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.7
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2013 Chrysler 300 Review

The Chrysler 300 has an upscale interior, great safety scores, and brawny engine performance. However, a below-average reliability rating lands this Chrysler in the middle of our large car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • Nicely constructed, upscale interior
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Limited rear visibility

2013 Chrysler 300 Overview

Is the 2013 Chrysler 300 a Good Used Car?

A used 2013 Chrysler 300 is a decent option among large cars. The 300 has a cushioned ride, energetic acceleration, a quality cabin, and good safety scores. Even base models look and feel luxurious, with a generous list of standard features. That said, the 300 has a below-average reliability rating. You may want to consider higher-ranked alternatives like the 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Toyota Avalon.

Used 2013 Chrysler 300 Performance and Interior

The Chrysler 300 has three engine options: a 3.6-liter V6 with 292 horsepower, a 5.7-liter V8 with 363 horsepower, and a 6.4-liter V8 with 470 horsepower (SRT8). The V6 is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and both V8s come with a five-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive (AWD) is available for the V6 and 5.7-liter V8.

The V8s produce a lovely exhaust note and moves the 300 quickly up to speed, but fuel economy takes a hit. The 5.7-liter V8 returns 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway (15/23 mpg city/highway with AWD). The SRT8’s engine returns just 14/23 mpg. The V6 is a better pick for most shoppers. It scoots the 300 around confidently and yields strong passing power, all while delivering 19/30 mpg (18/27, AWD). The V6’s fuel economy is good for the class.

Despite the sedan’s considerable heft, the 300 is surprisingly agile and fun to drive. Its steering is crisp and nicely weighted, and the brakes provide robust stopping power. The suspension soaks up most bumps and dips in the road, and it keeps the car stable around tight corners. The SRT8 model feels even more athletic on winding roads, thanks to its adaptive suspension. Still, this model’s larger wheels give it a firm ride on rough pavement.

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The Chrysler 300 is a four-door sedan with seating for five. The front seats are plush and provide ample head- and legroom. The rear seats have good legroom, though the sloping roofline cuts into rear-seat headroom, making things fairly snug for taller passengers. The car’s thick roof pillars also impede on rear visibility. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The 300 has 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average by class standards. The rear seats can fold in a 60/40-split to help fit larger items.

The Chrysler 300 may not wear a luxury badge, but its interior gives that impression. Soft-touch plastics abound, and higher trim levels reward with an abundance of padded and leather-upholstered surfaces. There’s also very little wind or road noise at highway speeds. All models come equipped with the Uconnect infotainment system with a large 8.4-inch touch screen. Most of the on-screen menus are user-friendly. There are also conventional knobs and buttons located underneath the screen, which make it easy to adjust the climate and audio controls while on the go.

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Used 2013 Chrysler 300 Prices

The price of a used 2013 Chrysler 300 ranges from about $12,000 for a base model to $25,600 for an SRT8 model. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Chrysler 300?

The Chrysler 300 has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the 300?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Chrysler 300 a 2013 Top Safety Pick. It received the highest score of Good in all four areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 300 five out of five stars in overall, front, and side impact safety, as well as four stars for rollover crash safety.

The 300 is available with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive headlights that pivot to illuminate turns. An available SafetyTec package adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Is the 2013 300 the Best Model Year to Buy?

If you’re looking for the best value, consider a used 2012 Chrysler 300. Chrysler redesigned the 300 for 2011. For 2012, the 300 received a more refined eight-speed transmission and the high-performance SRT8 model. There were no major updates for 2013 or 2014.  A used 2012 model can save you money while still offering the same features and performance as a 2013.

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Which Used Chrysler 300 Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Chrysler 300 is available in four main trim levels: 300, 300S, 300C, and SRT8. The Chrysler 300 base model comes with a V6 engine. Standard features include an 8.4-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a CD player, USB input, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and alloy wheels.

The Chrysler 300S trim is available with a V6 or V8. It adds a rearview camera, remote start, and fog lights. The 300C (V6 or V8) adds a navigation system, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. Lastly, the Chrysler 300 SRT8 packs a high-performance V8, Brembo brakes, rain-sensing wipers, an adaptive suspension, adaptive pivoting headlights, and parking sensors. Available features include a sunroof and a suite of active safety equipment.

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. For CPO Chrysler vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Chrysler CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage, so read the Chrysler warranty page carefully.

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2013 Chrysler 300 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Chrysler 300 or 2013 Dodge Charger?

The Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 share many of the same components. Both full-size sedans were built at the same factory and sport luxe interiors, composed handling, and many advanced safety features. Both also share the same V6 and Hemi V8 engines. Although it has a lower reliability rating, the 300 is better equipped and offers more rear-seat headroom, making it the better pick of the two.

Which Is Better: 2013 Chrysler 300 or 2013 Ford Taurus?

The Ford Taurus has a similar appeal to the 300. Both sedans cruise comfortably and have stout engine performance. Each offers a slew of advanced safety equipment and quality cabin materials. The 300 has a more user-friendly infotainment system, giving it the edge over the Taurus. On the other hand, used Taurus models are typically less expensive to buy. Both models earn below-average reliability ratings, though.

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