The Chrysler 300 is a very, very well known sedan. The 300 has been around for well past 60 years technically, which is fantastic. In recent times, the Chrysler 300 has changed quite a bit.
The sedan is Chrysler’s take on a luxury sedan…kind of. The 300 is big and boxy, with plenty of elements plucked from Bentley and Rolls Royce. That might sound like a winner, but the 2018 Chrysler 300 seems like it’s trying to be something it’s not.
On top of a bit of an awkward styling situation, the Chrysler 300’s value plummets hard. Cars that sold originally for upwards of $45,000 can be found for around $10,000.
It’s not all bad, though. While Chrysler has copied Rolls Royce and Bentley for a few years, it isn’t as blatant as I make it sound. The Chrysler 300 is an impressive looking machine.
However, the character of the 2018 Chrysler 300 has made a bit of a predictable choice. Anyone who wants a sedan that looks like a Rolls Royce Ghost without spending half of one million dollars happens to grab a Chrysler 300. Chrysler 300’s are cool looking, but there are better options out there.
There is no redesign coming in 2018 unfortunately, but the style is aging. Hopefully, this translates to something fresh from the “Imported From Detroit” guys.
The Exterior-2018 Chrysler 300:
As I said, the exterior of the 2018 Chrysler 300 remains much the same for the new model year. Customer’s love the looks, so there isn’t a huge incentive for Chrysler to change it just yet.
The front grille is strong and the main staple on the front end. Depending on what trim you get, this will come in chrome or black chrome. Depending on what grille you get, it can really transform the character of the car.
Black chrome makes the 2018 Chrysler 300 look more aggressive, while the standard chrome grille brings a more overall upscale look to the front.
The headlights are lined with brilliant LED diodes to help the 2018 Chrysler 300 stand out in traffic, along with quad fog lights. The 2018 Chrysler 300s and SRT trims add a black head light housing as well.
Past the front, the rest of the 2018 Chrysler 300 is pretty plain. A tall roof line, long trunk and hardly any character make up the rest of the 2018 Chrysler 300. The vehicle is more of a reclusive one, but the design of the Chrysler 300 has not changed since 2006.
The only things that are appealing are the wheel choices. Other than that, the 2018 The Chrysler 300 continues to be a face lift of a 2006 model.
Chrysler’s 300 doesn’t look particularly bad, but seeing the same thing for over 10 years gets repetitive.
The Interior-2018 Chrysler 300:
The inside of the 2018 Chrysler 300 is much nicer than the interior of the Chrysler 200. However, there are a few similarities that do echo the fact it is a mass produced Chrysler.
Interior surfaces are quite nice inside the 2018 Chrysler 300. Plenty of leather everywhere and nice dashes of wood if you opt for it.
The back seat is decently spacious, Beats Audio is great and the infotainment uConnect gets an update.
Now for the sad parts. While the new UConnect can recognize swipe gestures and multi-touch inputs, the screen is pretty small.
Even with the available 8.4 inch screen, the design of the interior makes it look tiny compared to competitors.
The seats are comfortable, but not suited for more fun driving. The lack of bolstering makes it difficult to stay in place, which can be an issue when you opt for the 300S.
It is a decent place to sit, but that’s about it. The Chrysler 300 is becoming somewhat of Ford’s Crown Victoria, which is not a good thing. For around $34,000, the 2018 Chrysler 300 should offer a bit more than it does.
Unfortunately, Chrysler discontinued the SRT 300 in 2015. That is because the SRT 300 made up only one percent of all 300 sales. While it was cool, you can’t blame Chrysler for pulling the plug.
The bright side is that the base engine you get in a 2018 Chrysler 300 is a 3.6 L V6 that is able to produce 300 horsepower. This is so much better than the 2.4 L “Tiger shark” thing Chrysler made for the 200.
After the 3.6 L, there still is a monstrous 5.7 L V8 engine available for consumers who want 363 horsepower. If you think 363 HP from a 5.7 L V8 doesn’t sound like much, I do agree with you.
While there is ample power, the 2018 Chrysler 300 feels like the Mercedes E-Class from 2015. Plenty of kick, but the car doesn’t want to go fast.
The 2018 Chrysler 300 weights upwards of 4,000 pounds, and you feel every bit of it when you accelerate. The weight of the 2018 Chrysler 300 throws itself back under acceleration, and tosses itself forward under braking. Not very nimble at all.
However, I have to say I do like the transmission. It is miles better and tuned much more precisely than the 200, which was abysmal.
All of this combines to make a decent driving experience. That means the 2018 Chrysler 300 is…decent.
|Vehicle Type:||Full size sedan|
|Power Plant:||3.6 L V6 / 5.7 L V8|
|MPG:||Up to 30 Highway/19 City|
|Torque:||300 Lb-ft – 350 lb-ft. (est.)|
|Length:||199 Inches (5.05 Meters)|
|Width:||75 Inches (1.90 Meters)|
|Height:||59 Inches (1.49 Meters)|
|Wheelbase:||120.2 Inches (3.05 Meters)|
|Top Speed:||131 MPH (210 KPH)|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||5.3 Seconds|
|Base Price:||$34,000 (est).|
Sum It Up:
The 2018 Chrysler 300 is pretty much as it’s been for years. It is a sharp sedan on the outside, and everything else is…decent. The 2018 Chrysler 300 will have a set release date later this year (2017) and we should know about redesign soon as well.
Given that Chrysler killed the 200, we should see some new life in Chrysler soon enough. Maybe they’ll stop copying Bentley and Rolls as well.