In the 1950s and 1960s, Chrysler lavished its 300 with big V8s, lots of chrome and luxurious furnishings. Then came the 1970s and a pair of oil crises. But in 2005, after decades of front-wheel drive downsizing, a new 300 revived the tradition of large-displacement engines, rear-wheel drive and brashly elegant styling.
Now in its second generation, the Chrysler 300 is a full-size sedan pitched firmly in the near-luxury segment. Buyers who choose the V6 get up to 31 mpg on the highway; opting for the V8 brings the reward of 363 horsepower. All-wheel drive is optional, as are limited edition models with an opulence that mirrors the 300s of the past.