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2016 Chrysler 300 Review

The 2016 Chrysler 300 has many strengths – good handling, a potent engine, a comfortable ride – but it sports low reliability and safety ratings. These issues push the car toward the bottom of the highly competitive large car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular engines
  • Straightforward infotainment system
  • Luxurious cabin
  • Low reliability rating
  • Limited side support in front seats
  • Lower safety score than rivals

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 8.7
Reliability:
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2016 Chrysler 300 Overview

Is the 2016 Chrysler 300 a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Chrysler 300 is a good used large car that meets or exceeds class norms in most areas. It has a comfortable and spacious interior, standard leather seating, and a well-regarded and straightforward infotainment system. Its reliability rating is subpar and it has lower safety scores than rivals, but if you can get past that, this four-door sedan deserves a look.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 46 Chrysler 300 reviews to give you an idea of this car’s pros and cons. We’ve also included information on fuel economy, safety, and reliability to help you decide if the 2016 300 is the right car for you.

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How Much Is the 2016 Chrysler 300?

The average price of a used 2016 300 – based on the nearly 1,600 listings for this vehicle on our site – is $21,600. Prices range from as low as $18,000 to as high as $27,000. Vehicle condition, mileage, and location can all affect pricing.

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How Much Does the 2016 Chrysler 300 Cost to Own?

Fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for a 2016 300 will cost you around $24,200 over five years (or around $4,800 per year). These expenses are higher with many other large cars, like the Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, and Nissan Maxima.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 300?

With a base price that’s more than $7,000 higher than the average price of a used 2016 model, it's hard to argue in favor of the new 2018 300. On top of that, there are very few differences between the two models. One benefit the 2018 300 does have over the used 2016 model is its new car warranty.

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You won't find a 2018 large car that is in the same price range as the 2016 Chrysler 300. If you are willing to step down to a midsize sedan, there are a few new models that may meet your needs. The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu and 2018 Hyundai Sonata both have roomy interiors and cushioned rides, and their base trims are similar in price to a used 300. Still, a base-model midsize car will likely get you few features and some low-rent cabin materials. The engines in these midsize models are also less powerful than the 300's brawny power plants.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Chrysler 300?

The 300 has one of the lowest reliability ratings in the large car class: 2.5 out of five.

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2016 Chrysler 300 Recalls

As of this writing, there is one outstanding recall on the 2016 300. A driveshaft bolt may become loose, which increases the crash risk. You should be sure this issue has been addressed before you buy a 2016 300.

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Which Model Year of the Chrysler 300 Is Best?

The 2016 300 is part of a generation that launched for 2011. Models from the 2013 through 2016 model years are mostly the same and have similar scores in our rankings, so you may find a similarly equipped older model for less money.

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Which Used Chrysler 300 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Chrysler 300 comes in five trims: Limited, Anniversary Edition, 300S, 300C, and 300C Platinum. The base Limited trim comes with remote keyless entry, push-button start, heated mirrors, automatic dual-zone climate control, leather seats (heated in the front), and a rearview camera. The 300 Limited is well-equipped enough that you should only need to consider higher trims if they have specific features that appeal to you.

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What Does Chrysler's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chrysler has one of the worst CPO programs among affordable carmakers, according to our analysis. Kia, Hyundai, Chevy, Ford, Honda, and Mazda are all better.

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How Safe Is the 300?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 300 the second-lowest rating of Marginal in its small overlap front crash test. However, the 300 earned a score of Good (the top rating) in its moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 300 four out of five stars overall, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the front crash and rollover tests.

The Chrysler 300 comes standard with a rearview camera. Available active safety features include front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, active lane keep assist, and forward collision warning.

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2016 Chrysler 300 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Chrysler 300 or 2016 Nissan Maxima?

Redesigned for 2016, the Nissan Maxima has a V6 engine with comparable horsepower to the 2016 Chrysler 300. Both deliver robust acceleration, but the Maxima has more responsive steering and a sportier feel around corners than the rear-wheel-drive 300. This makes it a better option for drivers who crave athletic performance. The Maxima also gets better EPA-estimated fuel economy around town, and its reliability rating is much higher than the 300's. However, the Maxima has almost 6 inches less rear legroom, which may make the 300 the better choice if you regularly carry adults in the second row.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chrysler 300 or 2016 Chevrolet Impala?

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala is a very well-rounded large sedan. It has less get-up-and-go with its standard 196-horspower four-cylinder engine, but the available 3.6-liter V6 upgrades the Impala’s horsepower to 305. That’s more in line with the 300’s V6. The Impala has a slightly better interior thanks to its user-friendly dashboard controls, and it received modestly better safety and reliability rankings. Even with its less powerful four-cylinder engine, the Chevy is a better choice than the Chrysler.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chrysler 300 or 2016 Dodge Charger?

The 2016 Dodge Charger is a corporate sibling of the 2016 Chrysler 300, but the two large sedans differ in important ways. The Charger offers a more powerful range of engines, but its base model has a number of hard plastics in the cabin. The 300 can’t rival the Charger’s engine prowess, but its standard leather-trimmed upholstery and front-seat power adjustments make for a nicer cabin. The Dodge also has an even lower reliability score than the 300's already subpar rating. If you want a sporty look and some heft under the hood, go with the Charger. For a smoother, more family-friendly ride, the 300 is the better option.

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2016 300 Performance

How Does the 2016 Chrysler 300 Drive?

The Chrysler 300 provides brisk acceleration off the line, regardless of engine. This is perhaps its best performance attribute. Powering the base 2016 300 is a 292-horsepower Pentastar V6 engine. A 363-horsepower V8 engine is available. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes with both engines. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The 300's ride is tuned for comfort rather than agility, though it still feels composed around corners. The performance-tuned Chrysler 300 S has better cornering ability than other trims.

Does the 2016 Chrysler 300 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2016 300 earns a respectable 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Add all-wheel drive, and fuel economy drops to 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. The V8-powered 300 gets the lowest fuel economy estimates in the lineup: 16/25 mpg city/highway.

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2016 300 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 300 Seat?

The 2016 Chrysler 300 seats five and has a standard power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. Upgraded leather, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power rear sunshade are available. Both rows of seats are roomy and comfortable, though front-seat occupants could use some more side support.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Chrysler 300?

The 300 has full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on all three rear seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 300's LATCH system an Acceptable rating for ease of use.

2016 Chrysler 300 Features

The 300’s standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a six-speaker audio system, and Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, HD Radio, upgraded audio systems, and navigation. The standard Uconnect infotainment system is one of the simplest to use, with easy-to-see on-screen buttons and quick responses to inputs.

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2016 Chrysler 300 Dimensions

Chrysler 300 Cargo Space

There's 16.3 cubic feet of cargo room in the 300's trunk. That's in line with most rivals' trunks.

2016 300 Length and Weight

The 300 is over 16 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,992 pounds (rear-wheel-drive, V6-powered models) to 4,366 pounds (V8-powered models).

Where Was the 2016 Chrysler 300 Built?

The 300 was assembled in Ontario, Canada.

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