Chrysler 300 Performance
Test drivers write that the 2014 Chrysler 300 is a fun car to drive, whether you’re cruising along the highway or rocketing down a curvy back road. They say that the 300 has three powerful engine options, and surprisingly capable handling for such a large car.
- "With the recent influx of appealing compact cars, it's natural to question the relevance of the full-size 2014 Chrysler 300 sedan. But then you drive one, and you realize the 300 is a rolling refresher course in everything that makes American cars great. Large and in charge, with a robust roster of V6 and V8 engines to choose from, the 300 commands the road like a classic highway cruiser." -- Edmunds
- "The 2014 Chrysler 300 is a big car that has been engineered to be driven well." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Whenever I got behind the wheel of this five-seat sedan and started accelerating, a voice that sounded eerily similar to singer Barry White's echoed in my mind saying, ‘Sit back, baby, and enjoy the ride.’ I had to oblige." -- Mother Proof (2012)
Acceleration and Power
The 2014 Chrysler 300 comes with a 3.6-liter V6 that generates 292 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The V6 is tuned to produce 300 horsepower in the sporty 300S model. A 363-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine and five-speed automatic transmission are optional on 300S, 300C and John Varvatos Luxury and Limited Edition models. The EPA reports that the base Chrysler 300 gets 19/31 mpg city/highway, which is on par with other V6-powered affordable large cars. Models with all-wheel drive or a V8 engine use a bit more fuel.
The high-performance Chrysler 300 SRT features a 6.4-liter V8 engine that generates 470 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 470 pound-feet of torque at 4,300 rpm. Chrysler says that the 300 SRT will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds with a top speed of 175 mph.
Test drivers say the 300’s standard V6 engine provides strong acceleration, and that the eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and quickly. Many reviewers think that the V6 model delivers excellent fuel economy given the horsepower that it has. If you want more power, test drivers say that both optional V8s deliver plenty of punch and a growling exhaust note, and several reviewers say that the five-speed automatic transmission that comes with these models is refined.
- "Under the hood, the 300 is famous for its big V8s, but the standard V6 is a strong performer in its own right." -- Edmunds
- "Both automatic transmission choices - a 5-speed and an 8-speed - shift smoothly and with no tendency to ‘hunt’ between gears. The V6-powered 300 models are more than quick enough and return remarkable fuel efficiency, but the Hemi V8s, in either the 363-horsepower version or the 470 horsepower of the SRT8, turn the 300 into a land-bound rocket ride." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The V6 engine/8-speed automatic transmission combination is excellent. It's not outrageously fast, but you're never wanting for more power." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "The eight-cylinders under the hood purr and even lightly growl, exactly the sound I would expect for a large Chrysler flagship. The power comes on strong and quickly, and the five-speed automatic is surprisingly good." -- AutoWeek (2012)
Handling and Braking
Despite its large size, many automotive journalists say that the Chrysler 300 offers surprisingly capable handling, as well as a ride that is quiet and comfortable. One reviewer thinks the 300 is as quiet as a Lexus on the highway, while others say that the 300 offers well-weighted steering and strong brakes. Additionally, many reviewers agree that the SRT model offers particularly athletic handling for a large car.
- "The fully-independent suspension, precise steering and big brakes combine to give the 300 capabilities that are the match of the best from across the Atlantic or Pacific, whether in refined ride qualities or rapid-fire handling prowess. Cruising along a highway, it seems as quiet as a Lexus, while carving up a canyon, it's a competitor for the best sports sedans." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Meanwhile, the ultra-sporty SRT8 model defies at least two laws of physics, as it grips and handles like a car half its size." -- Edmunds
- "These might be large, heavy cars, but all are surprisingly nimble. Handling is competent and secure." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "I couldn't find a bump that would upset the supple ride. The steering was soft but decently weighted." -- AutoWeek (2012)
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