- Standard 8.4-inch center console touch screen
- Four engine options
- Rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
*This overview is for the 300; the 300C is identical, but adds a few standard options including a navigation system, ventilated front seats, real wood accents, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
One of the few remaining rear-wheel drive sedans, the 2014 Chrysler 300 is a brash, bold statement on wheels with a luxurious interior on the inside and plenty of horsepower under the hood.
The latest version of the 300 gets its look from a 2011 redesign that rounded out some of the sharper edges for a more mature look. Up front, a large chrome grille topped with the Chrysler wing logo dominates proceedings, flanked by headlight clusters with C-shaped LED daytime running lights. The 300 is a big bodied car, with a high beltline and plenty of chrome accents on the doors and windows. As standard, the 300 gets intermittent windshield wipers, automatic headlamps, daytime running lights, 17” alloy wheels, and an integrated spoiler.
Inside, the 300 has a luxurious cabin filled with high-quality materials and quality craftsmanship. The instrument panel glows blue and there are plenty of high-class touches, like standard Nappa leather seats and powered/heated front seats. Also standard are an 8.4-inch touch-control multi-media display, six-speaker audio system, USB/iPod port, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The options list is quite extensive and includes a satellite navigation system, 10-speaker premium Beats audio, heated steering wheel, and even cooled/heated cup holders.
The 300 offers three total V-6 and V-8 engine options. The base engine is a 292-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. An optional 363-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 makes 394 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to five-speed automatic. This V-8 also uses cylinder-deactivation technology to improve fuel economy. Rounding out the 300 model lineup is the high-performance SRT8 version with its 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter V8. The V-6 is good for 19/31 mpg city/highway with RWD and 18/27 mpg with AWD. Opting for the V-8 nets 16/25 mpg with RWD and 15/23 mpg with AWD, slightly lower than the V-6.
For its performance on crash tests, the 2014 300 gets a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. Standard safety features include seven airbags, traction/stability control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, active head restraints, and an electronic aid that improves wet braking performance. There is also plenty of available safety technology, such as adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, and front/rear parking sensors.