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2018 Chrysler 300 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2018 Chrysler 300 was new.


Performance: 8.0

The 2018 Chrysler 300 gives you a choice between an energetic V6 engine and a strong V8. Both have plenty of power, but the 300 lacks the all-around athleticism of rivals like the Dodge Charger. On winding roads, the 300 feels big and slow, and it leans considerably around corners. The ride feels smooth at times, but this car doesn’t absorb road imperfections well.

  • "Both V6 and V8 models tout smooth, compliant rides, though we find that the V8 handles a little better than its V6 counterpart." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "Chrysler’s 300 sedan for 2016 hearkens back to a time when big, rear-drive, V8-powered cars ruled the American highways. 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 (2016)
  • "The 300 is a potent, pleasant highway cruiser with a serene ride and a hushed, well-isolated cabin." -- Cars.com (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 300’s base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 292 horsepower (300 horsepower in the 300S). It’s smooth and responsive, and it moves the 300 with relative ease. A smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard as well.

A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine that produces 363 horsepower is available. The V8 delivers excellent acceleration and has a better engine note than the V6. The base engine is powerful enough for most 300 buyers, but the V8 lets you have a bit more fun.

With the base engine, the 300 gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those are comparable to the ratings that V6-powered rivals get. The V8 is less efficient, earning 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

  • "The 292-horsepower V6 does an admirable job moving more than 4,000 pounds of Chrysler. Zero to 60 mph takes 6.8 seconds. Upshifts are supple, and the 3.6-liter's power delivery is smooth. For a bit more oomph, we recommend the V8. It sounds better, too. The V6 is exceptionally smooth, and the gas pedal is responsive to your inputs. The eight-speed automatic is rarely confused, even handling hills with smart downshifts, but it offers no manual-shifting ability." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • The available 363-horsepower Hemi V8 delivers heart-stopping acceleration, although we're still not thrilled with the way the 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission manages gear changes. It pauses too long in some cases and doesn't downshift fast enough in others." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • Interestingly, acceleration isn't vastly improved with the V8. Yes, there's a noticeable difference between V6 and V8 models, but unless you're really excited to blast away from every stoplight, we suspect you'll probably be content with the car's smooth V6 engine." -- Autotrader (2016)

Handling and Braking

The 300 comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available. Ride comfort is the priority here, but there’s still room for improvement. The 300 feels relatively smooth, but road imperfections will jar you and your passengers. Handling is subpar, even for a large car. It isn’t nimble, and there’s noticeable body lean when cornering.

  • "Even for a big sedan, the 300C doesn't handle well. There is a lot of body roll in reaction to both steering inputs and road imperfections. Its rear-wheel drive makes it fun to drive at times, but overall handling isn't well controlled. Again, the 300S should be better in this regard." -- Edmunds
  • 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. Somewhat improving matters is a Sport mode standard on the 300S and 300C Platinum that tweaks the response from the steering, throttle and transmission shift points." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "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. No front-wheel-drive competitor—not even the very good Chevrolet Impala—goes down the road with such authority." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

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