Surya Solanki
Automotive Editor - October 3, 2017

Expert Rating

3.35 (Good)
18 City / 28 Highway

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2018 Chrysler 300 OVERVIEW

The 2018 Chrysler 300 is getting long in the tooth, but it remains a comfortable and stylish luxury cruiser with two powerful engine options, decent technology, and most importantly for a big American sedan, plenty of space inside the cabin.

What's New for 2018

Chrysler hasn’t made any cosmetic or mechanical tweaks for 2018. However, it has realigned the trim levels and made a few changes to the feature list.

Chrysler 300

Choosing Your Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 has five trim levels — Touring, Touring L, S, Limited, and C.

The Touring and Touring L get a 3.6-liter V6 engine making 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, although all-wheel drive is available for $2,500. Look for 19 miles per gallon city, 30 highway, and 23 combined.

The 300S and 300 Limited get the same V6 engine with rear-drive and eight-speed auto, but with an even 300 hp. All-wheel drive still demands $2,500.

Meanwhile, the 300C gets a 5.7-liter V8 engine that develops 363 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. The unit is paired to the same eight-speed automatic transmission, with rear-wheel drive being the only configuration. Fuel economy isn’t too bad, with an EPA-estimated rating of 16 miles per gallon city, 25 highway, and 19 combined. The 5.7-liter Hemi is an option on the 300S.


The 300 Touring starts at $30,090 (including $1,095 destination charges) and standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, heated side-view mirrors, cloth upholstery, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear-view camera, smart-key and a 8.4-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The headlining option packages are the $3,295 Premium Group (10-speaker Beats audio system, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, front and rear parking sensors, and satellite radio) and $2,995 Value Package (panoramic sunroof, navigation, remote start, and satellite radio). A $995 Driver Convenience Package will add 18-inch wheels, remote engine start system and an updated suspension, while a $695 Sport Appearance Package adds black 20-inch wheels and replaces much of the 300's chrome trim with black accents. The panoramic sunroof is also available as a standalone option, at $1,895.


The 300 S is priced at $36,890 for the V6 engine and $39,890 for the V8 engine. Moving up to this stylish trim adds 20-inch wheels, LED fog-lights, a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, black exterior and interior accents, and remote start. Otherwise, you get more-or-less the same features as a well-equipped 300 Touring. That said, the 300S has a lot more optional equipment its two premium packages – the $3,495 Premium Group and the $1,895 Premium Group 2 represent the bulk of the desirable equipment. The pricier package includes much of what's in the base model's Premium Group while the Premium Group 2 adds features like bi-xenon headlights, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. The SafetyTec Group adds the full range of active safety systems, including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams, while the $995 Beats Audio Group adds a 10-speaker Beats audio system. Standalone options include the panoramic sunroof and, for $1,500, black paint on the roof.


The Limited variant is listed at $37,690 and gets all the features of the lower trims plus restyled 20-inch wheels, upgraded infotainment system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and heated steering-wheel. Options include adaptive bi-xenon headlights with automatic leveling ($895), the SafetyTec Plus driver assistance pack ($2,995), navigation ($995), a 19-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system ($1,795), bi-xenon headlights ($895), and a sunroof ($1,895).


The 300 C is available for a rather steep $42,090 and the main reason for the high price is its standard 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine. Notable upgrades include a new Sun, Sound, and Nav Package that costs $3,695 and packages the 19-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system with the panoramic sunroof and navigation system. The SafetyTec Package is still available, while the upgraded stereo remains available as a standalone option for $1,795.

CarsDirect Tip

The Limited trim arguably provides the best value for money. The 300S and 300C give you the all-elusive V8, but their pricing is a bit high. Rear-wheel drive will offer more dynamic handling, but all-wheel drive is better if you live in an area with adverse weather conditions.

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