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2016 Chrysler 300 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Chrysler 300 was new.


Performance: 8.1

The 2016 Chrysler 300 has plenty of power from either its standard V6 or optional V8 engine, test drivers write. Some say the automatic transmission makes good use of the engine's power, however others think it could be more responsive. The 300's ride is tuned for comfort rather than agility, critics report, though most still think it feels composed around corners.

  • "Loaded with the most advanced technology and safety features, the 300 is superior to its ancestors, and with its Hemi-powered V8, runs circles around competitors like the Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Azera and Chevy Impala. The 300's rear-drive setup (RWD) delivers the kind of performance enthusiasts prefer, but its available all-wheel drive (AWD) is there for those who must regularly deal with snow and ice." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The combination of a comfortable ride and controlled dynamics makes the 300 one of the best cars for long-distance cruising." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "If there's one thing that hasn't changed about the 300, it's how the car drives. It still feels like a big, imposing car." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "The 2015 Chrysler 300 can be a comfortable, stylish cruiser, a bit of a muscle car or a top-drawer old-guy car (that's a sincere compliment). It's versatile, in a fashion, and it can even be invigorating." -- AutoWeek (2015)

Acceleration and Power

Powering the base 2016 300 is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 292 horsepower (300 horsepower in the 300S trim). A 363-horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 engine is available, and an eight-speed automatic transmission comes with both engines. The EPA estimates the 2016 300 earns up to 19/31 mpg city/highway, which is similar to the estimates of other V6-powered affordable large cars.

The 300 accelerates quickly with its base V6, test drivers report, and the V8 delivers incredible muscle and even brisker acceleration. Some reviewers think the automatic transmission uses the engine's power effectively, though a few others say it doesn't always shift at the right time.

  • "The available 363-horsepower Hemi V8 delivers heart-stopping acceleration, although we're still not thrilled with the way the … transmission manages gear changes. It pauses too long in some cases and doesn't downshift fast enough in others." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 292-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 burbles to life with ample low-end oomph, and the hilly country roads around Austin were an easy match for the responsive eight-speed automatic; it quickly snapped off shifts for smooth, linear power." -- Cars.com (2015)
  • "The standard 3.6-liter V-6 also is perfectly quick. With up to 300 hp in S models, the V-6 is tuned to provide plenty of low-end torque, and for most people, it'll feel nearly as spritely around town as the V-8. It doesn't have the raw power to compete on the dragstrip, but it's plenty strong enough to satisfy the average driver from light to light. It even makes a pleasant growl in the process." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Handling and Braking

Some critics report the 2016 300 feels composed and planted around corners, especially the S trim, though a few report there is noticeable body lean and some rivals feel more agile. The 300 has a comfortable ride over uneven pavement, according to reviewers, and its steering is nicely weighted. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "Straight-line performance is outstanding in the 300, but on models other than the 300S, cornering is not its most admirable quality. Although the 300 can easily outmaneuver a Toyota Avalon or Hyundai Azera, it's no match for the Chevrolet SS or Dodge Charger." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 300's base suspension is comfortable around town but also lets you have a little fun on the twisties. Body lean is a non-issue and the 300 feels well-balanced. We spent a short time behind the wheel of a 300S V6 and found it to be even better at carving up the corners." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Float over bumps is well-checked, and although body lean around corners is pronounced, the 300 is never sloppy or unmanageable. Newly standard this year is electric power steering with a light, natural feel around town that transitions to a firmer, weightier persona at higher speeds." -- Cars.com (2015)
  • "The 300 is no sport sedan; it weighs more than 4,000 pounds and, even when equipped with a new sport suspension, prioritizes ride comfort over handling. Yet it is an easy, fun car to drive quickly." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

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