2020 Chrysler 300

Performance


#5 out of 8 in Large Cars

MSRP
$29,590
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2020 Chrysler 300 Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 6.9

The 2020 Chrysler 300 can be paired with one of two powerful engines. However, its handling abilities fall short of its rivals, and the ride in 300S models is too firm for some.  

  • Don't let the 'S' fool you; this is no sport sedan. It may have summer tires and a stiff suspension, but any sporting intentions are purely coincidental. No, this is a sport touring sedan built for gobbling up the miles on long, open roads." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • Straight-line performance is outstanding, but on models other than the 300S and 300C, cornering is not the big and heavy Chrysler’s most admirable quality -- although it can easily outmaneuver a Toyota Avalon or Hyundai Azera." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • Yes, the ride is somewhat firmer, but it's not punishing, and the difference relative to the 300C was remarkably minimal. The difference in body roll during cornering was similarly minimal, with both variants controlling lean about as well as one should expect for a large luxury sedan." -- Motor Trend (2018)

Acceleration and Power

A 3.2-liter 292-horsepower V6 engine comes standard in the 300, which has ample power. If that's not quite enough for you, there's an optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that makes 363 horsepower. Both engines come with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

  • The Chrysler 300—along with its corporate sibling, the Dodge Charger—is unique in the large-car segment for its rear-wheel-drive layout and its available Hemi V-8 engine with 363 horsepower. All-wheel drive is optional, but only with the standard 3.6-liter 292-hp V-6 engine." -- Car and Driver
  • "It comes with a V6, but the optional V8 is sublime. Get it." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The standard engine for the 2019 Chrysler 300 sedan is the highly regarded Pentastar 3.6-liter V6. With 292 horsepower (300 in the 300S), this engine is more than sufficient to move the 300 with authority, and it returns respectable fuel economy, at least in highway driving. … Optional on the 300S and standard on the mighty 300C is Chrysler’s 5.7-liter Hemi V8. Generating 363 horsepower and nearly 400 lb-ft of torque, this engine delivers blisteringly fast performance times and makes the 300 a true joy to drive." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Handling and Braking

The 300's suspension system keeps body roll in check most of the time, and its ride is fairly smooth. However, quick cornering maneuvers can make the 300 feel unstable. The 300S trim has a stiffer suspension and larger wheels, giving it a coarse ride. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • Body roll is well controlled, and the chassis is willing to play—as long as you don't get overly aggressive. The suspension on the 300S model is stiffer than on the rest of the lineup, and the 20-inch wheels that are standard on that trim also contribute to a ride that is overly rough, which seems out of step with the 300's near-luxury mission. If you're in the market for something comfy, avoid the 300S and instead opt for a base Limited or an upscale 300C." -- Car and Driver
  • "Yes, it's soft and floaty, but the 300C's body motions are largely uncontrolled, so big steering inputs make it rock perpetually. Pothole impacts are harsh." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • The 300’s driving experience can vary widely depending on the trim level you choose … There are three different suspension tunes available, which noticeably alter ride comfort and handling." -- Autotrader (2019)
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