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Chrysler 300 Performance

Most reviewers say the 2015 Chrysler 300 is as enjoyable to drive down a bendy road as it is cruising on the highway, with quick acceleration and composed handling. Still, others think it is more equipped for ride comfort than athleticism. They note that the eight-speed transmission shifts quickly and effectively, and the 2015 300’s fuel economy is typical for the class.

  • "The 2015 Chrysler 300 can be a comfortable, stylish cruiser, a bit of a muscle car or a top-drawer old-guy car (that's a sincere compliment). It's versatile, in a fashion, and it can even be invigorating." -- AutoWeek
  • "If there's one thing that hasn't changed about the 300, it's how the car drives. It still feels like a big, imposing car." -- Motor Trend
  • "The 300 is a potent, pleasant highway cruiser with a serene ride and a hushed, well-isolated cabin." -- Cars.com
  • "I grabbed the keys of the edgiest of the bunch, the sport-intended 300S, and found a big sedan that gives away some practicality to the rest of its segment mates. The trade-off for the dip in pragmatism is an uptick and driving fun and attitude that should make all the difference for the right buyer." -- Autoblog

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Chrysler 300 comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 292 horsepower (300 horsepower in 300S trim). A 363-horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 is available, and an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with either engine. According to the EPA, the 2015 Chrysler 300 earns up to 19/31 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with the estimates of other V6-powered affordable large cars.

Test drivers report that the 300’s base V6 has plenty of power and provides brisk acceleration. For even more power and quicker acceleration, critics think the V8 will not disappoint. They find the eight-speed automatic transmission makes good use of the engine’s power and is an upgrade from the old five-speed automatic.

  • "Power is instantaneous and keeps on rolling thanks to the quick-shifting of the eight-speed auto." -- Left Lane News
  • "The standard 3.6-liter V-6 also is perfectly quick. With up to 300 hp in S models, the V-6 is tuned to provide plenty of low-end torque, and for most people, it'll feel nearly as spritely around town as the V-8. It doesn't have the raw power to compete on the dragstrip, but it's plenty strong enough to satisfy the average driver from light to light. It even makes a pleasant growl in the process." -- Motor Trend
  • "If power is a priority, an optional 5.7-liter V8 delivers 363 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque. This year, the V8 finally gets an eight-speed automatic transmission, a significant improvement on the previous five-speed auto." -- Edmunds
  • "The Hemi definitely raises the excitement factor. It's just meatier and more eager to run, and a bit of rush is never further than a jab at the gas pedal. The ultimate for the enthusiast driver is the 300 S with Hemi." -- AutoWeek
  • "The 292-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 burbles to life with ample low-end oomph, and the hilly country roads around Austin were an easy match for the responsive eight-speed automatic; it quickly snapped off shifts for smooth, linear power. It's the sole transmission for 2015, replacing the previously available five-speed automatic, and it is a good match - much more refined and precise than Chrysler's new, dodgy nine-speed automatic." -- Cars.com

Handling and Braking

The 2015 Chrysler 300 comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available. Most auto writers think the 300 handles very well for such a large sedan, with controlled body motions when cornering, well-weighted steering and a smooth ride over uneven pavement. Still, some disagree, saying that even with its new sport suspension, the 300 feels heavy and aims for comfort more than agility.

  • "Austin's hills and valleys yielded plenty of sweeping, banked corners and rolling curves, which the 300 took in stride, moving with more agility than you'd expect from a long, heavy sedan. Float over bumps is well-checked, and although body lean around corners is pronounced, the 300 is never sloppy or unmanageable. Newly standard this year is electric power steering with a light, natural feel around town that transitions to a firmer, weightier persona at higher speeds." -- Cars.com
  • "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." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Steering response is linear and appropriately quick for a large, semi-luxury sedan. The weighting increases naturally as you turn the wheel, and if you dig deep enough in the center touchscreen's menus, you can change the overall weight. There's no road feel in the wheel, but the old car didn't really have any, either, and it isn't sorely missed in a big cruiser like this." -- Motor Trend
  • "The 300's base suspension is comfortable around town but also lets you have a little fun on the twisties. Body lean is a non-issue and the 300 feels well-balanced. We spent a short time behind the wheel of a 300S V6 and found it to be even better at carving up the corners." -- Left Lane News
Review Last Updated: 1/23/15

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