The 2018 Chrysler 300 is some serious American-made muscle. Scroll down to find out more about this fan-favorite powerhouse and its premium list of features:
What’s Changed from 2017?
Only a few minor changes were made to the 2018 Chrysler 300. However, Chrysler’s popular Hemi V8 engine is now only available on the 300S and 300C models.
New Features for 2018
Chrysler made no changes to the 300’s list of available features. Last year, the sedan’s touchscreen infotainment system was revised to deliver sharper graphics and a faster responsive time. An Exterior Sport Appearance package was also introduced, which boasts a more aggressive front fascia and a sleek rear spoiler.
Base 300 Touring – $28,995
The base 2018 Chrysler 300 is obviously the least expensive trim in the lineup. However, it doesn’t force you to make many sacrifices. Its standard Uconnect infotainment system is easy to use and quickly responses to your touch. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow drivers to quickly access their favorite smartphone apps. Some of the other standard tech includes Bluetooth connectivity, a ParkView backup camera, and satellite radio. Keep in mind that the base 300 does not provide any advanced safety technologies.
300 Touring L – $32,640
If you demand a higher level of luxury, step up to the 300 Touring L trim. Full leather upholstery gives its cabin a more upscale feel. You also benefit from the 300 Touring L’s heated front seats, which provide extra warmth on cold mornings. Available as an option, the 10-speaker Beats sound system keeps the mood exciting. Meanwhile, opting for the SafetyTec Package rewards you with advanced driving aids like automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert can be added as well.
300S – $35,795
The Chrysler 300S will appeal to the folks who desire a sportier driving experience. A performance-tuned suspension and upgraded tires enable it to handle better on twisty roads. Meanwhile, transmission paddle shifters give the sedan an additional fun factor.
300 Limited – $36,595
Featuring ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, the 300 Limited trim offers an enhanced degree of comfort. It also comes equipped with a heated steering wheel.
300C – $40,995
Atop the lineup sits the plush 300C model. It comes equipped with a special touring-tuned suspension, which ensures an especially soft ride. You’ll also notice the 300C’s upgraded leather upholstery and heated/cooled cup holders. To obtain the ultimate music-listening experience, consider opting for the 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
Although the Chrysler 300 is a big car, it’s not bad on gas. When equipped with the standard V6 engine, it can return an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and up to 30 mpg on the highway. While opting for all-wheel drive lowers the sedan’s overall efficiency, an innovative axle-disconnect function helps conserve fuel on dry days.
On the other hand, the V8-powered 300 is rated to return 16 mpg in town and 25 mpg on the open highway. While V6 models develop full power on regular unleaded gasoline, Chrysler recommends mid-grade fuel for the V8 engine.
The base Pentastar V6 engine is a popular choice among 300 buyers. It develops a healthy 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. However, special engine tuning enables the sporty 300S to develop 300 horsepower.
For the drivers who have a thirst for more muscle, Chrysler offers a Hemi V8 engine. Developing a total of 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, the bigger engine enables the Chrysler 300 to offer heart-stopping acceleration. You’ll be able to hit 60 mph in a quick 5.6 seconds. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard throughout the lineup.
You and your family can look forward to experiencing a safe ride. When evaluated by the NHTSA, the 2018 Chrysler 300 was able to score a five-star overall safety rating. It also received a “Superior” rating from the IIHS for its front crash prevention.
How It Stacks Up Against the Competition
2018 Toyota Avalon
The 2018 Toyota Avalon’s high reliability scores give it an edge over the Chrysler 300. However, it’s not as engaging to drive as the V8-powered 300. Some people will also prefer the Chrysler 300’s brawnier exterior styling. Furthermore, only the Chrysler 300 offers all-wheel drive.
2018 Nissan Maxima
Like the Chrysler 300S, the 2018 Nissan Maxima is designed to offer a sporty driving experience. However, Nissan’s continuous variable transmission tends to sap some of the Maxima’s fun. Most drivers will prefer the 300’s quick-shifting, eight-speed automatic transmission. The absence of an AWD system also limits traction in snowy conditions. While the Maxima’s Zero Gravity front seats provide top-notch comfort, your family will have more space in the 300’s backseat
2018 Buick Lacrosse
A lot of drivers like the Buick Lacrosse’s excellent balance of comfort and performance. With a combined fuel economy rating of 29 mpg, the Lacrosse’s new eAssist engine makes it far more efficient than the Chrysler 300. When choosing between these two sedans, it may come down to a matter if styling preference. Some car shoppers won’t be able to resist the muscular-looking 300.
For good reason, the Chrysler 300 has remained popular for more than a decade. It’s a strong value that promises to give you a lot for your money. Although Chrysler decided to discontinue the high-performance SRT8 model a few years ago, the 300 still packs a strong punch. The 300S model’s stiffer suspension and performance tires do a great job of enhances handling. This car proves to be a great alternative to more expensive luxury sedans such as the BMW 5 Series and the Lexus GS.
There are just a few drawbacks to the new 2018 Chrysler 300. Buyers who decide to stick with the base model will not be able to get the SafetyTec package, which provides several driver-assisting technologies. All-wheel drive is also only available with the V6 engine. Although the Chrysler 300 is generally considered to be a dependable car, it’s not on par with Japanese models like the new Acura RLX.