The Chrysler 300 enters the 2016 model year with mild updates, including the addition of a new, sports-oriented 300S trim and new tech features.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Chrysler 300 is what many call a sub-luxury car. It doesn't have the cachet -- or price -- of a true luxury car, but definitely approaches the premium segment. That means its prices are slightly higher than your average sedan, but in its base trim level, known as the 300 Limited, it comes with:

  • Automatic headlights
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Heated mirrors and front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Six-speaker audio system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen

If you’re looking for equipment, there are three other trim levels, including the Anniversary Edition at $35,010, the sportier 300S at $35,470, the more-potent and better-equipped 300C at $38,420, and the fully loaded 300C Platinum at $42,565.

Performance Pros

Big American sedans typically have nothing to do with performance, but the 300 flips that concept on its head with two potent engines. What’s more, for a bulky sedan, the 300 is actually a decent handler.

  • Suspension is soft, but tuned well enough that drivers feel confident in the corners.
  • A snarling 363-horsepower V8 and standard 292-horsepower V6 both deliver ample power.
  • All-wheel drive is available as an option.

Performance Cons

  • The 300 handles like a big, class, American sedan, so the softness and body roll may make some drivers uneasy.
  • Also, fuel economy is not its strong suit. A combined rating of 19 mpg with the V8 and 21 mpg with the V6 left our credit cards hurting.

Interior Pros

Chrysler 300 Interior

The 300's cabin is styled specifically for the American buyer with large cup holders and comfy seats with tons of adjustments. There are plenty of tech features too.

  • Go ahead, get the 120-ounce Big Gulp -- the 300 has a cup holder for that.
  • Cushioned seats offer plenty of support for long trips.
  • The cabin is very quiet, even with the growl of the V8.

Interior Cons

The base 300 has plenty of cheap plastics that may deter some buyers. And some of these materials are difficult to keep clean -- rubberized plastic on the dash, for example, is a magnet for dirt.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

While the 300’s interior is pretty simple, the way Chrysler put it all together is stellar. The fit and finish are about as perfect as it gets, giving us confidence that this model may go its entire life without a squeak or rattle.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

On the flip side, the all-black color scheme of the interior can be a little depressing. Just a few splashes of color here and there would quickly liven things up. This also leads to a very hot interior in the summertime.

The Bottom Line

Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 is what American sedans used to be: big, unapologetic people haulers with plush materials and plenty of features. This may be precisely what some buyers are looking for, but many buyers are also looking for more minimalist designs. If you are in the latter group, the 300 is not for you. However, if you’re looking for a large and comfy sedan, then the 300 is the perfect rig.