Chrysler 300 Review
The 2013 Chrysler 300 ranks 2 out of 7 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 20 published reviews and test drives of the Chrysler 300, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
With composed handling, powerful engine choices and a luxurious, well-equipped interior, test drivers agree that the 2013 Chrysler 300 is among the most refined affordable large cars.
The 2013 Chrysler 300 is available with a choice of three engines, and reviewers agree that even the base V6 offers a satisfying amount of power. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, which test drivers say is smooth, refined and helps the 300 return fuel economy of 19/31 mpg city/highway. A Hemi V8 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission are optional on the 300, while high-performance 300 SRT8 models are even more powerful. Despite its size, most test drivers say that the 300 provides a comfortable ride and composed, confident handling, which makes it one of the more enjoyable cars to drive in the class.
Test drivers praise the 2013 Chrysler 300 for its comfortable, luxurious interior, which is built with premium materials for the class. Most reviewers also appreciate the cabin for its spaciousness, though a few critics say that the back seat could offer more head- and legroom. Aside from the Hyundai Azera, the 2013 300 also comes with more standard features than most cars in the class. The 300’s standard equipment includes leather seats, heated front seats, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control and Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a USB port. Reviewers love Uconnect for its large touch-screen display and user-friendly operation. They also note that the 300’s Garmin-based navigation system is one of the most intuitive systems on the market. Additional options and features on higher trims include a backup camera, front and rear parking sensors, an upgraded stereo and a blind spot monitoring system.
- "Rear-seat room is a sore spot, and we have a few niggling issues with the climate/audio control interface. Still, the 300 is a classy large sedan that delivers a refined driving experience." -- Consumer Guide
- "Chrysler's 300 sedan for 2013 certainly offers a plethora of tech-based features worth highlighting, but the most memorable first impression is the remarkably quiet cabin and supple ride." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "I basically like everything about this 2012 Chrysler 300C. I could probably find some nits to pick, but at the moment, I'm digging the power, the way the engine sounds like a hot rod, the ride/handling mix, interior quality and roominess-pretty much all of it." -- AutoWeek (2012)
- "It's not that I wouldn't want the 300S as my very own, but it has such a masculine vibe that it perfectly suits stylish men with families. These stylish men, however, must be willing to share with their spouses; it's the mack-daddy car that mack mommies also will enjoy." -- Mother Proof (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
If you’d like a large car that gets even better fuel economy, consider the Buick LaCrosse eAssist. Like the 300, the LaCrosse eAssist comes with a long list of standard features, and reviewers love its luxurious interior.
The Ford Taurus doesn’t come with as many standard features, but it does provide composed handling and a powerful base engine at a lower price. While the Taurus also has a larger trunk than the 300, some reviewers say that its back seat could be more spacious.
Details: 2013 Chrysler 300
The 2013 Chrysler 300 seats five and has standard rear-wheel drive. A 3.6-liter V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission are standard, while a 5.7-liter V8 engine and five-speed automatic are available on higher trims. The 300 comes in five trim levels: 300 (base), 300S, 300C, 300 C Luxury Series and the high-performance 300 SRT8, which comes with a more powerful 6.4-liter V8 engine. All-wheel drive is optional on all but the SRT8 trim. The Chrysler 300 gains standard leather seats and heated front seats for 2013, but sees few other changes. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 and 2012, as well as the current model year.
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