Riding Large, Driving Smooth in the 2015 Chrysler 300

For several years the Chrysler 300 has been a favorite of many drivers who choose to own a premium large sedan instead of a luxury model. The 300 offers a great list of features to enjoy and offers a drive that is smooth, controlled and easily makes its way wherever it needs to. Those who love the 300 experience a car that truly is a throwback to the big rear-wheel drive sedans from years ago. With all this in mind, the 300 is a roomy and powerful large sedan that comes in offering a great value to shoppers.

Competing with the Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera the Chrysler 300 offers a huge appeal over many of these other longstanding popular namesakes. The 300 stands above all the rest with its available all-wheel drive and Hemi V8 engine that adds a great deal of appeal and control to this amazing vehicle. The 2015 Chrysler 300 adds an updated interior and exterior design, gains new safety features including autonomous emergency braking, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission for all models. The SRT8 model has been deleted from the lineup altogether.

Two words come to mind when driving the Chrysler 300, comfortable and powerful. This car cannot be powerful without some great control features and it has them. The suspension of the 300 allows the car to makes it’s way through many twists and turns on the road without budging the passengers. Add to that the dynamic steering system which takes handling to a new level in order to keep the car under full control even at higher speeds. Many passengers and drivers might not notice what is going on outside the car by benefiting from the ultra-quiet interior that allows the car keep everyone happily listening to their favorite music instead of the road noises.

Two engine options are available for the 300, both of which are attached to the new eight-speed automatic transmission. The smaller engine offers more horsepower in the sport version and either engine is rated to tow up to 1,000 pounds, making the usefulness of the 300 even greater.

The first engine is the highly lauded 3.6 –liter Pentastar V6 that shows up with 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque for the base model. The sport model brings the power up a bit to 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque. When mated to the transmission, this powertrain offers a fuel mileage of 19 city/31 hwy for the RWD model and 18 city/27 hwy for the AWD version.

The larger engine comes in a beastly fashion as a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that coughs out a strong 363 horsepower and 394 lb.-ft. of torque. This version of the 300 only comes in with RWD and when mated to the transmission offers up a reasonable fuel mileage of 16 city/25 hwy mpg. This engine can run on regular gasoline, but 89 octane or higher is actually recommended for optimal performance.

On the inside, the Chrysler 300 is everything it’s expected to be. The cabin seats five passengers comfortably in a roomy and plush interior that at the highest trim level can give many luxury cars a run for their money. The rear seat legroom is a generous 40 inches and every surface is covered in detailed and comfortable materials to make the car feel great at any trim level. The control panels give drivers plenty of feedback and information in order to keep everyone safe and under control and the array of entertainment features allow passengers to enjoy the ride along any stretch of road.

On the outside the Chrysler 300 has taken on a softer appearance than in years past. With smooth lines and fewer sharp angles than before, the 300 has come in line with the curves and smooth angles offered on much of the competition. Even with that change, the vehicle remains a testament to its name with a strong front fascia featuring a large grill with the floating winged badge design and some wide headlights that are set back to show an air of confidence. This beautiful car has caught the eye of many a driver and given the competition fits by being a near luxury sedan that has the looks and the equipment for drivers to enjoy.

The standard features of the Chrysler 300 include the 8.4-inch touch screen display with the Chrysler Uconnect system, a seven-inch driver information display, dual-zone climate control, a 12-way power driver’s seat, keyless entry, a dash mounted analog clock, 17-inch cast aluminum wheels and a six-speaker audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity and streaming. Higher trims add a rearview camera, a dual pane panoramic sunroof, a higher grade of leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated and cooled cupholders, a navigation system and a power-operated rear sunshade.

The optional features of the Chrysler 300 come in a variety of packages and some stand-alone features to make this car one that any driver can enjoy. These features include a premium audio system by Alpine, Beats or Harman/Kardon, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, all-wheel drive, paddle shifters, a performance tuned suspension, quilted Nappa leather seats, hand sanded wood accents and 20-inch wheels. Taking this car all the way to the Platinum model has caused ulcers for luxury car makers who see this premium sedan with more feature than many of the luxury models.

Starting out at the base model, the Chrysler 300 has a price of $32,390 which is a great price for this large sedan. Moving up to the top of the line and after seeing all the features that can be had, the Platinum edition might be expected to be much higher than the $43,390 price it shows up with. Adding the AWD costs and additional $2,500 on the V6 models with the HEMI V8 adding an extra $3,000 to the price. The fully loaded Platinum edition can show up with a price closer to $50,000, but this car is well worth it with all the features that are aboard.

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