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2018 Chrysler 300 Review

The 2018 Chrysler 300 has lots of passenger space, an outstanding infotainment system, and powerful engines. It places in the middle of our large car rankings partly because some rivals have smoother rides, better crash test scores, and higher predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Comfortable seats and lots of rear-seat legroom
  • Straightforward, nicely equipped infotainment system
  • Handling and ride quality are mediocre
  • One of the lowest safety scores in its class

New for 2018

  • Touring and Touring L trim levels debuted
  • 300C Platinum no longer available
  • Reshuffling of features between trims




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.7
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2018 Chrysler 300 Overview

Is the 2018 Chrysler 300 a Good Used Car?

The Chrysler 300 is a good large car that has the misfortune of being in a highly competitive class.

The 2018 Chrysler 300 has some nice qualities:

  • Every model is powered by a robust engine
  • Front seats are cushy and available with lots of adjustments
  • Back seat is enormous
  • Infotainment system is user-friendly and packed with appealing features
  • Used-car price estimates are below class average

But it also has a few flaws:

  • One of the lowest safety ratings in the class, owing to its mixed crash test results
  • Ride quality isn't always silky smooth
  • Body lean is noticeable in the corners

Before buying a used large car, it's worth considering higher-ranking options, such as the 2018 Kia Cadenza and 2018 Buick LaCrosse.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Chrysler 300 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 56 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2018 Chrysler 300?

Based on listings for the 2018 Chrysler 300 on our site, the average price is $22,400, which is well below average for the class. Prices range from $18,000 to $27,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Chrysler 300 Cost to Own?

The 2018 300’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $26,060, or $5,212 per year. That’s above average for a full-size sedan.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 300?

The 2019 Chrysler 300 doesn’t offer any notable changes over the 2018 model. Sidestepping a new 300 for a used 2018 model could save you money, and you’ll get a nearly identical car.

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Among recent used models, the 2017 Chrysler 300 sedan stands out. For this model year, the optional V8 engine is available in every trim except the base. In 2018 Chrysler 300 sedans, you can only get the V8 in the 300S and 300C trim levels. The 2017 300 also beats out previous model years, as it comes standard with an enhanced infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Chrysler 300?

The 2018 Chrysler 300 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Chrysler 300 Recalls

At the time of writing, three recalls have been issued for the 2018 Chrysler 300:

  • Voltage regulator may fail and could cause the engine to stall
  • Cruise control may fail to deactivate
  • Transmission may have incorrect park rods installed in some models

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Chrysler 300 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Chrysler 300 comes in five trims: 300 Touring, 300 Touring L, 300S, 300 Limited, and 300C. The lower four trims come standard with a V6 engine and either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The range-topping 300C is only equipped with a V8 engine and rear-wheel drive.

For the best combination of value and features, we recommend the Touring L and 300S trims. The former is the lowest trim that comes with leather seats, and it's available with a wide variety of tech and safety upgrades. Even more options are available for the 300S, including the V8 engine and the SafetyTec Plus Group suite of advanced safety features.

  • Chrysler 300 Touring: The 300 Touring is the base model. It comes with a power-adjustable driver's seat, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, the Uconnect infotainment system, an 8.4-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports.
  • Chrysler 300 Touring L: In addition to the Touring’s features, the Touring L comes with a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, and leather seats. The Value package adds a panoramic sunroof, remote start, and the upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with navigation. The Driver Convenience Group includes the same features but without the sunroof. The 300 Premium Group adds a 10-speaker Beats Audio system, the upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with navigation, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and remote start.
  • Chrysler 300S: The 300S comes standard with a retuned version of the V6 engine that puts out 8 more horsepower. It's the lowest trim (and one of only two) in which you can get the V8 engine. A 10-speaker Beats Audio sound system is available, along with three major option packages. The 300S Premium Group adds a panoramic sunroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and the upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with navigation. The 300S Premium Group 2 includes heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. The SafetyTec Plus Group comes with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and more.
  • Chrysler 300 Limited: The 300 Limited gets a tilt-and-telescoping heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and ventilated front seats. Available options include a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and the SafetyTec Plus Group.
  • Chrysler 300C: The performance-oriented 300C is the only trim that comes standard with the V8 engine, and it’s the only edition not available with all-wheel drive. The Harman Kardon audio system and the SafetyTec Plus Group are also available in the 300C, as is the Sun, Sound, & Nav package. This bundle includes a panoramic sunroof, the Harman Kardon audio system, and the upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with navigation.

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

Chrysler has a certified pre-owned program for vehicles less than five years old and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Buyers get the balance of the 7-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. They also receive a 3-month, 3,000-mile maximum care warranty that covers most major components and is good from the date you purchase your CPO Chrysler. If your CPO Chrysler has any of the original 3-year, 36,000-mile new-vehicle warranty remaining, the maximum care warranty kicks in when the new-car warranty expires. Chrysler CPO vehicles must pass a 125-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chrysler’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 2018 Chrysler 300 earned the highest rating of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in all but the driver’s side small overlap crash test. It received the second-lowest rating of Marginal in that test. Models equipped with the optional full-speed forward collision warning with active braking earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for front crash prevention. The 300 comes with four different headlight configurations, and each earned the lowest rating of Poor for how well the headlights illuminate the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 300 an overall four-star safety rating out of five. The sedan received five stars in the side crash test and four stars for the frontal crash and rollover tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • adaptive cruise control

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2018 Chrysler 300 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Chrysler 300 or 2018 Dodge Charger?

Few large cars can match the meaty performance of the 2018 Dodge Charger, especially when it comes to powerful trims such as the Scat Pack and Hellcat. Though the Chrysler 300 can't keep up with the Charger's sporty handling or its uplevel engines, its base engine is on par with the Dodge. The Chrysler is a much better value, as it costs less upfront, has less expensive select ownership costs, and is expected to be more reliable. For practicality and comfort, roll with the 300.

Which Is Better: 2018 Chrysler 300 or 2018 Chevrolet Impala?

The 2018 Chevrolet Impala isn't projected to be as reliable as the Chrysler 300, but in most other ways, it's the better car. It has higher crash test scores, gets better fuel economy, and has an extra 2.5 cubic feet of trunk space. The icing on top is its value: The Impala has the lowest average price in its class, and estimated costs for its insurance, maintenance, repairs, and fuel are $300 lower per year than the 300.

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2018 300 Performance

How Does the 2018 Chrysler 300 Drive?

The Chrysler 300's standard V6 is a refined engine that moves this large car with ease. The optional V8 engine gets this sedan moving even quicker from a stop. But not everyone is blown away by the increase in performance from the V8, and you can likely save money while still getting commendable performance with the V6. Both engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

On the highway, the 300 is mostly composed and easy to drive, though there are some imperfections. Some professional reviewers complain about body roll and say the ride quality could be smoother.

  • Base engine: 292-horsepower 3.6-liter V6
  • Available engine: 363-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8 (300S and 300C trims only)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Chrysler 300 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the V6 engine, the 300's fuel economy rating is slightly below average for the class. The average driver will spend an additional $150 a year to fuel the all-wheel-drive model, while the optional V8 engine costs an extra $700 each year at the gas pump.

  • 3.6-liter V6: 19/30 mpg city/highway
  • 5.7-liter V8: 16/25 mpg

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2018 300 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 300 Seat?

The 2018 300 seats five people. Its front seats are incredibly comfortable, and an assortment of body types can find a good seating position with the standard eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and optional power-adjustable pedals and steering wheel. The 300 boasts all-around easy access and one of the roomiest back seats in the class.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • heated front seats
  • ventilated front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Chrysler 300?

The 2018 300 has three complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear seats. You'll have to dig a bit to find the lower anchors in the seat cushions, but most of the hardware is easy to locate and identify. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2018 Chrysler 300 Features

Technophobes have nothing to fear when it comes to the Chrysler 300's technology. Its infotainment system is easy to use, with straightforward menus and the ability to customize a shortcut bar. User favorites such as a large touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are standard in every 300.

  • Standard infotainment features: the Uconnect infotainment system, an 8.4-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: a 10-speaker Beats Audio sound system, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and a navigation system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry
  • Other available features: a panoramic sunroof and remote start

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2018 Chrysler 300 Dimensions

Chrysler 300 Cargo Space

The 300 has a 16.3-cubic-inch trunk, which is typical for a large car. Folding rear seats with a 60/40 split come standard.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Chrysler 300 Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 6.6 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,013 to 4,380 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Chrysler 300 Built?

Chrysler built the 300 in Canada.

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