2018 Chrysler 300
Some vehicles seem to exist in a state of uniquity, while others seem as though they were designed to blend in, barely distinguishable from their competition.
As an example of the latter, consider today’s crossover and SUV designs. Focused so intently on anticipating, and accommodating the various demands of passengers, most every automaker’s offerings fall victim to a kitchen sink mentality. The result are uninspired, box-like designs that, in many cases, are identifiable only by their badging or fascia. One could argue that offerings within other segments suffer similar fates (albeit in lesser scale) with clear exceptions being few, and far, between.
Consider then, the 2018 Chrysler 300. One of the few extroverted large sedans available in today’s market, the 300 stands as Chrysler’s flagship vehicle. Sat beside the likes of the Buick LaCrosse or Chevy Impala, the 300 is an immediate standout, side-stepping the pitfalls of design redundancy that so many other sedans fall victim to. The 300 is its own animal, unmistakable as anything else on the road today. This fuels its’ overall uniquity; and it’s made even more appealing by its ability to convey everything from menace to stately elegance, depending on its configuration.
At the (base) Touring trim level, there is no shortage of features to entice prospective buyers. Bluetooth-enabled for both phone and audio, the 300 is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its’ infotainment system is built around an 8.4-inch touchscreen (with rearview camera) and a six-speaker sound system with HD and satellite radio capabilities.
The interface on Chrysler’s UConnect system gets high marks in terms of its responsiveness, and ease of use. Commonly overlooked, such user-friendly technology only serves to improve the 300’s refined image.
A variety of additional features come into play across the various trim levels, ranging from amenity-based to entertainment and safety-centric. In terms of amenities, the option of a panoramic sunroof and heated and cooled cupholders serve to enhance the overall experience. Enjoyment of music can be heightened courtesy of a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. And finally, the optional SafetyTec Plus Package provides a number of driver-assist features including (but not limited to) blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and prevention, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
Whether intended to encourage comfort, enjoyment or safety, the Chrysler 300 has a lot to offer.
No discussion of the Chrysler 300’s dimensions is complete without validating its size by discussion of its overly-accommodating interior. With a massive cabin providing ample room for passengers of all sizes, there is little room for criticism.
This is further complemented by the choice of quality materials, and the overall strength of the 300’s assembly. Quality joints and seals ensure a quiet and relaxed environment, that compliments the 300’s smooth ride quality. Options of heated and ventilated leather upholstery (on the L trim and above) further elevate the luxurious nature of the 300, ensuring a truly heightened experience.
The 300 also earns some utilitarian credibility thanks to its ample cargo space. With 16.5 cubic feet of truck space, and fold down seating, it is certainly ‘up to the task’
Different engine configurations are available, depending on the trim level selected. All mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the options begin with a 3.6-liter V6 rated for 292 horsepower and 230 lb-ft of torque. There is also a more powerful variant of the same powertrain, capable of 300 hp and 264 lb-ft. Atop the line sits the optional 5.7-liter V8, channeling an authoritative 363 hp and 394 lb-ft.
But placing the 300’s output into perspective requires an acknowledgment of its 4,000 LB weight. A comparably-sized sedan, the 300 is well-served by the V6, which sprints confidently to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. Of course, this number is improved upon by the V8, but the 300 is a smooth, almost-cushioned ride regardless of the powertrain selected.