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2019 Chrysler 300: What You Need to Know

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The 2019 Chrysler 300 is a big, comfortable sedan with powerful engines, but it finishes in the middle of our large car rankings. While there's a lot to like, it doesn't have the all-around quality or predicted reliability of some rivals.

The 2019 Chrysler 300 is ranked:

Is the Chrysler 300 a Good Car?

Yes, the Chrysler 300 is a good car. It's powerful, stylish, and spacious. It comes with a posh interior and an intuitive infotainment system. It's also a finalist for our 2019 Best Large Car for the Money award because of its combination of quality and value. 

Should I Buy the Chrysler 300?

The 300 sits in the middle of our class rankings and carries a middle-of-the-pack price tag. In other words, it represents a fine buying choice and a solid value, but you should still shop around in case you find something you like better. Alternatives like the Chevrolet Impala and Dodge Charger are worth exploring.

Should I Buy a New or Used Chrysler 300?

The 2019 Chrysler 300 belongs to a generation that began with the 2011 model year. There aren't any notable changes for this year, and the main change for the 2018 Chrysler 300 was to limit the availability of the V8 engine. There was a mid-cycle refresh for the 2015 model year that added a standard eight-speed automatic, among other changes.

You could potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used 300 and still get a similar car to a new model. If you're interested, check out our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Chrysler 300. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for information on incentives of used vehicles.

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Our car reviews include everything you need to know before heading to the dealership. We combine the opinions of the automotive press with quantifiable data like crash test results and reliability ratings to form a complete picture of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current 300 generation, which runs from 2011 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Chrysler 300 Cost?

The 300 starts around $29,000. There are four higher trims, with the range-topping 300C starting around $41,000. At both ends of the trim spectrum, this Chrysler falls in line with most other large cars in terms of price.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chrysler dealer.

Chrysler 300 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chrysler 300 or Chevrolet Impala?

The Chevrolet Impala is a more straightforward, practical car than the 300 is. The base Impala comes with lots of standard features and boasts more trunk space than the 300. It also has better base fuel economy thanks to its standard four-cylinder engine; a V6 is optional. Choosing between these two is largely a matter of personal preference. If you prioritize interior refinement, go with the 300. Otherwise, the Impala is a decent choice.

Which Is Better: Chrysler 300 or Dodge Charger?

The Dodge Charger finishes lower than the 300 in our rankings, but there's still reason to consider it when you're shopping for a large car. It handles better than the 300 and offers multiple engines that are more powerful than anything the 300 can throw out. The Chrysler is nicer inside, and it has more standard and available features than the Dodge, as well as a better predicted reliability rating. If you prefer a refined interior, the 300 is a better fit. But if you’re looking for engaging performance, go with the Charger.

300 Interior

How Many People Does the 300 Seat?

The 300 seats five people. Both rows of seats have plenty of space for adults to ride comfortably, and it's easy to get in and out of the car. However, the seats aren't as supportive as in some rivals, and thick roof pillars limit visibility.

300 and Car Seats

The 300 comes with three full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The system earns an ease-of-use rating of Acceptable (the second-highest rating) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

300 Interior Quality

The 300 feels almost like a German luxury sedan inside. It looks good, remains quiet even at highway speeds, and uses top-notch materials throughout.

300 Cargo Space

With more than 16 cubic feet of trunk space, the 300 gives you enough room for the whole family's vacation luggage or four sets of golf clubs.

300 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 300 comes standard with the Uconnect infotainment system that includes an 8.4-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. A panoramic sunroof, navigation, and two premium audio systems are available.

The Uconnect infotainment system is intuitive and responsive, making it one of the most user-friendly systems out there. There's not much of a learning curve, and there are redundant physical controls in addition to the touch screen.

300 Performance

300 Engine: The V8's Pretty Great

You have two powerful engine options in the 300: a 292-horsepower V6 (300 horsepower in the 300S model) or a 363-horsepower V8. Both engines move this car well, and the base V6 has ample power for most drivers. However, the V8 delivers noticeably more potent acceleration, and buyers looking for the most enjoyable driving experience should strongly consider it.

300 Gas Mileage: Decent Ratings for a Large Car

This Chrysler sedan gets 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with its V6 engine. Many rivals earn similar ratings. In fact, the 300 gets nearly identical gas mileage to the V6-powered Chevrolet Impala and Dodge Charger.

300 Ride and Handling: See for Yourself

The 300 features a somewhat stiff suspension, but it still rides smoothly. Opinions are split about this car’s handling. Some critics think it fares well on winding roads despite its size, but others say it feels unwieldy.

300 Reliability

Is the Chrysler 300 Reliable?

The 2019 Chrysler 300 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is considered average for all new vehicles. 

Chrysler 300 Warranty

The Chrysler 300 comes with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

300 Safety

300 Crash Test Results

The 2019 Chrysler 300 earned a four-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 300 the highest score of Good in four crash tests, and a rating of Superior for its front crash prevention features. The 300 received an unimpressive score of Marginal (second lowest) in the driver side small overlap front crash test, and a mark of Poor for headlight performance.

300 Safety Features

The 300 comes standard with a rearview camera. Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Which Chrysler 300 Model Is Right for Me?

There are five 300 trims to choose from. All but the highest trim (Chrysler 300C) feature a V6 engine, have standard rear-wheel drive, and are available with all-wheel drive. The Chrysler 300C comes with a V8 and is only offered with rear-wheel drive.

The best values in this lineup are the Touring L and 300S trims. The Touring L offers most of the noteworthy infotainment and active safety features, and it's less expensive than the higher trims. The Chrysler 300S offers more features than the Touring L, and it’s the only trim offered with the V8 engine other than the high-end 300C.

Chrysler 300 Touring

The 300 Touring carries a base price of around $29,000. It comes with a power-adjustable driver's seat, alloy wheels, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, push-button start, and the Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Chrysler 300 Touring L

The 300 Touring L starts at around $33,000. In addition to the Touring’s features, it comes with a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, and Nappa leather seats.

Chrysler 300S

The 300S has a starting price of around $36,000. It comes standard with remote start, and the standard V6 engine puts out 8 more horsepower in this trim. This is also the only trim besides the 300C that offers the V8 engine.

Chrysler 300 Limited

The 300 Limited starts at around $37,000. It comes with a tilt-and-telescoping heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and ventilated front seats.

Chrysler 300C

The 300C has a starting price of around $41,000. It’s the only trim that comes standard with the V8 engine, and it’s the only trim not offered with all-wheel drive. The 300C has essentially the same features as the Limited.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chrysler dealer.

The Final Call

The 2019 Chrysler 300 will delight buyers looking for an upscale large sedan with a roomy interior and strong powertrain options. But it only finishes in the middle of our class rankings because it doesn't quite have the all-around excellence of some class rivals. This car is worth a look for shoppers, but you should definitely see how it stacks up against its competitors.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Chrysler 300 review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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