3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Chrysler 300

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The Chrysler 300 continues to offer the style, performance and value that made it one of the country's favorite large sedans.

What's New for 2014

The base 300 continues into the 2014 model year with minor color and trim changes and a few minor tweaks to option packages. SRT8 and SRT Core models continue with only color changes for 2014.

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Choosing Your Chrysler 300

The first choice many buyers will make is between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive:

  • Rear-Wheel Drive: The 300's standard drive type is available across the range.
  • All-Wheel Drive: This optional drive type is available in Base and S trim, but not on high-performance SRT8 and SRT8 Core trim.

There are four trim levels with performance that ranges from enthusiastic to outrageous.

Base

Under the hood of a Base 300 is the excellent 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. It delivers 292 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque and EPA city/highway fuel economy numbers of 19/31 mpg with rear-wheel drive and 18/27 mpg with all-wheel drive. A state-of-the-art ZF eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. This same transmission is utilized in some of world’s finest luxury cars including the BMW 7 Series and Rolls-Royce Phantom.

The list of standard equipment is lavish, and includes: dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating, heated front seats with 12-way power adjustment for the driver, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, one-touch up/down windows all around, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

S

A cold air induction kit boosts Pentastar V6 output to 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque in the 300 S. It doesn't impact fuel economy, though—expect mileage that's similar to the Base model. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with 363 horsepower is optional.

Exclusive to the S is a "blacked out" look, including painted 20-inch wheels, and an upgraded Nappa leather interior in black or blue.

SRT8 and SRT8 Core

Standard is an awe-inspiring engine—the 6.4 liter HEMI V8—with 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque hooked to a standard five-speed automatic transmission with auto stick. Fuel economy is rated at 14 mpg city. It improves dramatically on the highway, to 23 mpg, thanks to a four-cylinder mode.

Look for zero-to-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in high 12-second range; zero-to-100 mph in less than 16 seconds; a top speed of 175 mph; and stopping power from 60-to-zero mph in 120 feet.

An adaptive damping suspension system has three modes: Auto, Sport and Track. The system offers a compliant, comfortable ride on the street, and aggressive road-holding on the track.

The main difference between the SRT8 and the SRT8 Core is in interior amenities. While the SRT8 offers decadent luxury, the SRT8 Core makes performance more affordable by trading features like Nappa leather for a cloth interior.

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Even in base form with 17-inch wheels, the 300 looks great. Option it up with 20-inch wheels and other cool features and you will have a distinct American machine. If your budget allows, the SRT8 and SRT Core are road-going rocket ships with civilized manners and a stately appearance—all at bargain prices.





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