The Chrysler 300 Stands the Test of Time

Once the top pick of fleet operators, the Lincoln Town Cars have been retired, and the Chrysler 300 has become one of the preferred models for commercial applications. Drivers have desired a full-size North American sedan with plenty of available horsepowers.

When it was initially launched for the 2005 model year, the Chrysler 300 turned the full-size passenger car category upside down. The Chrysler 300 shunned the shift to a front-wheel-drive which at the time it was considered superior for the four-season traction and it arrived in both the rear- and all-wheel-drive choice. Chrysler also devised a new-generation “Hemi” V-8-engine option, at a time when similar thirsty powerplants were being phased out.

It’s worked in the past, and it still does. The 300 has undergone modest updates, so its looks and content has stayed fresh over the years. From its Bentley-esque grille to the short, squared-off rear deck, most observers will be hard-pressed to discern the 2019 Chrysler 300 from its earlier models, which could be a plus if they’re trying to stay current on a budget.

As for the interior on the 300’s, which last had an update for the 2015 model year, it holds tight to the luxury side of the ledger. The electronic dashboard gauges and sizable touchscreen appear to be a leading-edge on the vehicle, and in place of the traditional stick shifter, there is a rotary knob on the console. The dial is not convenient to use anymore, but it declutters the front-seat area and provides more available access to the cup holders and the fair-sized stowage bin.

The base 300 Touring, 300 Limited and 300 S come with a 3.6-liter V-6 which manufactures 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. As for the 300 S, which is a sportier vehicle, boosts the numbers from 264/300. Standard on the 300 C is the 5.7-liter V8 which delivers 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, and it’s also available for the 300 S.

Both engine options on the Chrysler 300 models are linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the 300 C and the 300 S V-8 versions come with paddle shifters and a Sport mode which produces quicker gear changes. Sedan fans seeking higher thrust in the vehicle should look into the Dodge Charger sedan on the Hellcat model which can have a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V-8 or a 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter. All V-6 Chrysler 300s can be identified as an all-wheel-drive for 2019. 

The system disjoints the front axle when the extra traction is not needed, and that reduces the mechanical drag and therefore the fuel consumption as well. Starting at $29,470 (plus destination fee), the base 300 Touring comes with dual-zone climate control, a dual exhaust, 17-inch wheels and an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support. The rear-wheel-drive V-6 is rated at 12.4 l/100 km in the city and 7.8 on the highway, while the V-8’s numbers are 14.7/9.4, according to timescolonist.com.

The Limited and S trims receive much more content, but the S trim comes with a nine-speaker Alpine-brand audio package, dual exhaust, blacked-out wheels and trims, and performance-tuned steering. The 300 C’s kit comes with a V-8-powered transmission, and it includes perforated-leather seats and a wood-trimmed interior. The extensive options list consists of a 900-watt 19-speaker Harmon Kardon-brand stereo, a navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, plus a full range of crash-mitigating safety technologies (such as emergency braking) that’s part of the 300’s SafetyTec Plus Group and a power rear-window sunshade.

Piling on extras could push the Chrysler 300 that you purchase close to $60,000 (plus destination fee). Buyers will get a level of coddling content and stout performance that would cost thousands of more dollars to replicate in just about any other competing domestic- or import-based luxury four-door. If you like your sedans big and sinister, with lots of power, adept handling, and the latest high-tech features, the 2019 Chrysler 300 satisfies all these demands.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler 300s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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