2018 Chrysler 300

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2018 Chrysler 300 Review

The 2018 Chrysler 300 ranks in the top third of its class. This car isn't perfect, but it features powerful engines and an upscale, spacious interior, all of which make it competitive with other large cars.




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.4
Safety: 8.7
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Pros & Cons

  • Strong engines
  • Roomy seats in both rows
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Uneven ride quality
  • Floaty handling
  • Lower safety scores than rivals

New for 2018

  • V8 no longer available in all trims
  • Some feature shuffling between trims
  • Lower base price

Is the Chrysler 300 a Good Car?

Yes, the Chrysler 300 is a good choice among large sedans. It comes standard with a strong V6 engine and an optional V8 that’s even more powerful. The 300 has a quality interior that remains quiet at highway speeds. There's plenty of space for adult passengers in both row of seats, and the infotainment system is user-friendly.

There are some drawbacks to the 300, though. It has poor handling, even by the lax standards of a large car, and its ride quality quickly deteriorates over rough pavement. This sedan also earns lower safety ratings than many competitors.

Should I Buy the Chrysler 300?

The 300 is a decent car, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should buy it. There are plenty of similarly priced alternatives that you might like just as much as or more than this sedan. The Chevrolet Impala is a little more athletic than the 300, and it earns higher safety scores. The Dodge Charger has muscle car-inspired performance, but its cabin is not as upscale.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chrysler 300?

The main change for the 2018 Chrysler 300 is that you can only get the optional V8 engine in the top 300C trim. Previously, you could opt for the V8 in any trim but the base model. If you're open to driving a used car, you could likely save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used 2017 or older 300, and still get a very similar car to a new model. The 2017 300 is a slightly better choice than older models (which could save you more money) thanks to the introduction of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Chrysler 300. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for information on incentives of used vehicles.

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How Much Does the Chrysler 300 Cost?

The Chrysler 300 has a starting price around $29,000. That’s less than the base price of most large cars. The highest trim in the 300 lineup – the 300C – starts at about $41,000, which is still less than you’ll pay for the top trim of many class rivals. There are three in-between trims, and they all have starting prices in the $30,000s. Note that every trim but the base 300 Touring also offers option packages that can increase the price by $1,000 or more.

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Chrysler 300 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chrysler 300 or Chevrolet Impala?

The Chevrolet Impala is a more straightforward, practical large car than the 300. The base Impala costs about $1,000 less than the Chrysler 300, but it's still chock-full of standard features like a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot to keep the whole family's wireless devices connected. The Impala also boasts more trunk space, higher safety marks, and better base fuel economy than the 300. Choosing between these two is largely a matter of personal preference – if you prioritize interior refinement, go with the 300. Otherwise, the Impala is a better bet.

Which Is Better: Chrysler 300 or Dodge Charger?

Overall, the Chrysler 300 is a better car than the Dodge Charger, but it's not necessarily the better buying choice. The Charger has sportier handling than the 300, but the Chrysler has a nicer interior. There's plenty of seating space in both rows of the 300, and it boasts more standard and optional features than the Charger. Each of these cars is outfitted with the same powerful V6 engine, but the 300’s optional 363-horsepower V8 is slightly weaker than the 370-horsepower V8 found in the Charger R/T and Daytona. The Charger also has bona-fide performance-oriented trims, such as the Scat Pack, 392, and Hellcat. If you prioritize interior refinement, the 300 is a better fit. But if engaging performance is what you’re after, go with the Charger.

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300 Interior

How Many People Does the 300 Seat?

The 300 seats five across two incredibly spacious rows. The front seats are comfortable but may not have enough side support for your liking. The rear seats can accommodate three adults without trouble, and there is a lot of legroom.

300 and Car Seats

The 300 has three full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. There aren’t any issues with the tether anchors, but the lower anchors are set too deep in the seat. It also takes a bit of force to attach car seat straps.

300 Interior Quality

The 300 does a great job keeping wind and road noise out, so you and your passengers can talk without shouting. There are high-quality materials throughout the cabin, giving this Chrysler a luxurious look and feel.

300 Cargo Space

This Chrysler has average cargo space for the class. The trunk checks in at just over 16 cubic feet, which is enough space for more than a dozen grocery bags or weekend vacation luggage for the whole family.

300 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and the Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Beats Audio sound system, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and navigation.

The Uconnect system is responsive, and the touch screen’s graphics are crisp. The interface is easy to master, and the large touch screen is easy to see from the driver’s seat.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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300 Performance

300 Engine: Moves With Ease

There are two powertrain choices in this Chrysler: the 292-horsepower V6 engine (300 horsepower in the S trim), which comes standard, or the available 363-horsepower V8. The V8 delivers stronger acceleration, but the V6 isn’t weak, and it has more than enough power for daily driving. Both engines move the 300 without any trouble.

300 Gas Mileage: Maybe Don’t Have a V8

The 300’s fuel economy ratings are in line with expectations. With the base engine, it gets 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway – typical ratings for a large car. The V8’s ratings are worse; it earns 16/25 mpg city/highway. The V8 also requires midgrade gasoline. Add it all up, and you’ll spend about $600 less per year in gas money with the base engine than with the V8.

300 Ride and Handling: Room for Improvement

The 300 won’t wow you with its handling ability. There’s a good amount of body roll around turns, and this Chrysler has poor maneuverability even by the lower standards of a large sedan. The ride gets rough over uneven pavement.

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300 Reliability

Is the Chrysler 300 Reliable?

The 2018 Chrysler 300 earns an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Chrysler 300 Warranty

Chrysler backs the 300 with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most other large cars have similar warranties.

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300 Safety

300 Crash Test Results

The 2018 Chrysler 300 sedan earns and overall rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 300 receives the top score of Good in four crash tests, and a rating of Marginal in the small overlap front test. Many cars in the class have better safety ratings.

300 Safety Features

A rearview camera comes standard. Available active safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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Which Chrysler 300 Model Is Right for Me?

There are five 300 trims to choose from. All but the highest trim (Chrysler 300 C) feature a V6 engine, have standard rear-wheel drive, and are available with all-wheel drive. The Chrysler 300 C comes with a V8 and is only offered with rear-wheel drive.

The best values in this lineup are the Touring L and 300S trims. The Touring L offers most of the noteworthy infotainment and active safety features, and it has the second-lowest starting price of any 300 model. The Chrysler 300 S costs a few thousand more than the Touring L, but it is available with more features, and it’s the only trim other than the high-end 300C offered with the V8 engine. Depending on trim, there are several appearance packages that add exterior design upgrades.

Chrysler 300 Touring

The 300 Touring is the base model, and it has a starting price of $28,995. It comes with a power-adjustable driver's seat, alloy wheels, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a rearview camera, push-button start, and the Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The Touring doesn’t have a lot in the way of available features, but an all-wheel version costs $2,500 more.

Chrysler 300 Touring L

The 300 Touring L starts at $32,640. In addition to the Touring’s features, the Touring L comes with a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated seats up front, and Nappa leather seats. All-wheel drive is available for $2,500. There are three option packages.

The Value package ($2,995) adds a panoramic sunroof, remote start, and the upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with navigation. The Driver Convenience Group ($2,395) adds the same features but without the sunroof. The 300 Premium Group ($3,295) adds a 10-speaker Beats Audio system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, remote start, and the upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with navigation.

Chrysler 300S

The 300S has a starting price of $35,795. The 300S is the lowest trim (and one of only two) that you can get the V8 engine in, but it costs an extra $3,000. The 300S comes standard with remote start, and the standard V6 engine puts out 8 more horsepower in this trim. Like the lower trims, an all-wheel drive adds $2,500 to the price.

You can add the Beats Audio sound system for $995, and there are three major option packages as well. The 300S Premium Group ($3,495) 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 ($1,895) adds 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 ($1,695) adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and more.

Chrysler 300 Limited

The 300 Limited starts at $36,595. The Limited comes with a tilt-and-telescoping heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and ventilated front seats. AWD is available for $2,500, and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system can be added for $1,795. The SafetyTec Plus Group is available in this trim as well, but it costs $2,995.

Chrysler 300C

The 300C has a starting price of $40,995. It’s the only trim that comes standard with the V8 engine, and it’s the only trim not offered with all-wheel drive. The Harman Kardon audio system and the SafetyTec Plus Group can both be added for the same cost as in the Limited trim. The 300C also offers the Sun, Sound, & Nav package ($3,695), which includes a panoramic sunroof, the Harman Kardon audio system, and the upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with navigation.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Chrysler 300 has some clear strengths and some clear weaknesses. It’s a good car overall, but its handling and ride quality are less refined than what the top cars in this class deliver. The 300 is worth a look if you’re in the market for a large sedan, but it wouldn't hurt to cross-shop rivals like the Chevy Impala or Buick LaCrosse.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "There was a time when Detroit routinely stamped out big rear-wheel-drive sedans like the Chrysler 300. Today, it's hard to find a car that truly competes with it. A domestic counterpart such as the Buick LaCrosse is similarly big, stately and dripping with class. But as a front-wheel-drive car that doesn't offer a V8, it lacks the 300's lean muscle. The Genesis G80 might be the 300's closest analog since it offers the same kind of blissful isolation in a rear-wheel-drive package and an optional V8. Ultimately, the 300's core appeal is that there's nothing else quite like it on the road today." -- Edmunds
  • "Priced at $42,090 to start, a fully decked out 300C, at $51,070, just kisses the bottom end of the midsize luxury sedan class (A5, 5 Series, XF, E-Class, et al.). Such a bedazzled 300C feels nearly competitive in terms fit, finish, and materials and offers the bonus of superior space and an intoxicating V-8 rush and roar that no entry 2.0-liter turbo in the luxe class can touch." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Chrysler 300 has been on sale for more than a decade, but it's received a long list of revisions along the way. … Why do we like the Chrysler 300 so much? For the same reasons it's been a popular mainstay in the full-size sedan segment since its 2005 debut. Think reasonable pricing, surprisingly sharp handling, lots of standard and optional features, a comfortable ride and, most importantly, highly distinctive styling that helps the 300 stand out from its peers." -- Autotrader (2016)
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