2008 Chrysler 300 Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Chrysler 300 was new.
The 2008 Chrysler 300 offers a lot of interior space and a distinctive cabin look, though some reviews site concerns about fit and finish. For the new model year, Cars.com says the 300's interior gets a "once-over" including an updated instrument panel, cluster and center console. Forbes reports that the 2008 Chrysler 300 is "exceptionally spacious." MSN reports that the "quiet, upscale interior easily accommodates four tall adults." Automobile Magazine says that the "first thing you'll notice about the 300 interior is that it's huge, a real nod to those monstrous American sedans of the 1960s and 1970s." New Car Test Drive says the 300's "styling is distinctive, and its interior is roomy, efficient and stylish," with a "very roomy inside," and "an intelligent instrument panel and controls." Auto writers from Road and Track conclude that the interior is "classy and refreshingly clean in its execution."
Reviewers find the interior of the 300 spacious, comfortably seating five and ample in room when compared to other sedans in its class. Auto writers from Edmunds confirm that the 300's cabin dimensions are "generous in all direction, and the 300 offers more legroom than most of its competitors." Automobile Magazine writers affirm, saying the first thing you notice about the 300's interior "is that it's huge."
Forbes reports that this car "is exceptionally spacious, making the cabins of other sedans selling in the mid-$30,000 range seem downright puny." Overall, the reviewers say, "Headroom and legroom are spacious for even the biggest of folks." The says the front seats are "big and roomy, and there is tons of head and leg room." Kelley Blue Book adds that the "front bucket seats provide excellent lower back and thigh support, and feature adjustable lumbar support for both the driver and passenger." Reviewers from Forbes continue to say that the seats are "firm but not overly so, perfectly mated to the firmer ride quality of this car." Automobile Magazine comments on the driver's position, saying that "short windows start high up, so some drivers may feel like they're sitting in a bathtub or looking out through gun slits, but that's the trade-off for the hot-rod exterior styling."
Reviewers agree that the 2008 Chrysler 300 back seat is incredibly spacious. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman says that there is "more space than kids need in the back, and they are a fairly distant reach from parents in the front," adding that the back seats "could comfortably house a couple of offensive linemen." Cars.com continues to say that legroom in the back is "vast, and right rear passengers can increase theirs with optional controls for the front passenger seat" with "abundant" back seat space. Automobile.com adds that "the rear seats offer good support for upper back and lumbar, and are contoured in the outside positions to keep backside and derrière effectively planted." Writers from Forbes also mention that there is a "tremendous" amount of front and rear shoulder space. MSN reviewers also note that the big door handles on the 300 "allow easy entry and exit." In the end, Road and Track says that this car "would make an excellent road-trip car."
Reviewers agree that the 300 interior is executed with quality and most find the inside tasteful. Yet, some note that although the interior is attractive, some materials are not up to par. For 2008, the instrument panel on the 300s has been refreshed. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman finds a "firm, mechanical quality to the dashboard dials that suggests good workmanship." MSN agrees, and says the gauges on the 2008 Chrysler 300 have a "nice classic style," and "can be easily read." New Car Test Drive echoes the praise, and adds that the "instrument panel and switchgear are easy to read and operate." Auto writers from Edmunds say that the "overall interior design has been described as simple but elegant. The dash area effectively combines sporty, semi-retro and luxury motifs." The concludes that the top-of-the-line SRT8 has "solid construction and virtually every luxury, convenience and safety item one might expect."
Forbes describes the cabin as "sexy, retro and slick," but adds that some of the plastic material used is "the only off-note." The agrees, adding that the interior is "attractive, roomy and comfortable, but somewhat cheesy in execution." Cars.com specifically says one of the "regular 300's weakest points" is the "too-common plastic-looking faux metal trim." The wishes that the cockpit -- "especially the instrument panel, had more personality. But the environment lacks the sort of pizzazz and panache one tends to associate with $40,000-plus luxury/sport sedans." In sum, Automobile Magazine says the materials inside the 2008 Chrysler 300 "aren't in the Lexus class," but the "overall ambience and feel of the 300 is one of a lot of car for the money."
Stereo and Entertainment
The 2008 300 LX rear wheel drive comes standard with a four-speaker system, with AM/FM radio with CD and MP3 players. Upgrade to the 300 C all-wheel drive and get the six Boston Acoustic speakers sound system standard, with steering wheel mounted audio controls. The top trim 300 C SRT8 rear-wheel drive can be fitted with optional 13 Kicker SRT High-Performance Speakers, a 100-Watt Kicker SRT subwoofer and a hands-free communication system that includes voice recognition, automatic mute, volume control and Bluetooth capability. Edmunds writes that when "compared to that awesome Lexus system, the Chrysler stereo can tend to sound mechanical at times," yet continues to say that auto writers "feel this stereo is one of the few that can give the Lexus Mark Levinson system a little competition," noting that the "stellar Boston Acoustics speakers" create a "truly wonderful car audio system."
A new option for 2008 is the MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System with or without Navigation, which includes AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 radio. MyGIG, without Navigation, is available on the Touring, Limited and C trims. MyGIG with Navigation is available on the Touring, Limited, C and SRT8 trims.
The Rear Seat Video Entertainment System is a highlighted edition for the 2008 300. This optional system provides a rear seat entertainment video system with a console-mounted seven-inch screen, wireless headphones and remote control. The package includes TV channels, such as Nickelodeon and Disney, and can come packaged with SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
The 2008 300 has 17.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which reviewers find ample. Car and Driver calls the 300's trunk a "closet." MSN says the "roomy trunk has a low, wide opening, flat floor and a lid that smoothly raises on struts that don't rob cargo space," and adds that the 60/40 split-folding rear seats add more cargo space. The 300 comes with a notable amount of interior storage space. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman finds that the rear center armrest "comes with cup holders for your kids and a handy storage bin," adding that the "cavernous interior includes lots of storage nooks." Yet, Car and Driver had a minor issue with the center storage bin, finding that it is "deep," but that "the lid is so long that, when opened, it traps your right hand behind it. Regardless of what it's doing, the left hand has to help."