The 2020 Chrysler 300 receives a new Red S Appearance Package for the 300S trim. The package brings black badges, a special red “S” badge, 20-inch black wheels, and a red insert on the Chrysler Wing badge.
Chrysler only sells four vehicles – two if you count the actual models – and the 300 is one of them. One of the oldest models on the market, Chrysler has made small, frequent changes over the years to help this large sedan still feel relevant, but time has not been kind to the 300.
It’s a dinosaur that competes in a segment that’s disappearing. Still, if you want a large, old-school sedan that can be fitted with a burly V8 engine, few can do with the 300 can.
Choosing Your Chrysler 300
Chrysler offers the 300 in five trims: Touring, Touring L, 300S, Limited, and 300C. Starting prices range from $31,085 including destination for the base Touring to $43,490 for the 300C.
A 3.6-liter V6 powers the Touring, Touring L, 300S, and Limited, but the 300S' version produces eight more horsepower. The 300S is also available with a 5.7-liter V8 for an extra $3,000, and the 300C gets its standard.
|Engine Type||Trim Level||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|3.6L V6||Touring, Touring L, Limited||292 hp||260 lb-ft||23 mpg|
|3.6L V6||300S||300 hp||260 lb-ft||23 mpg|
|5.7L V8||300S, 300C||363 hp||394 lb-ft||19 mpg|
All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all trims, but all-wheel drive is available on all but the 300S for $2,750.
For a vehicle of this size, the 292-hp V6 gets the job done but hardly helps the 300 feel lithe. Even for the segment, that engine is down on power and mediocre. The V8 is a much better fit for the 300.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
All 300 models have seating for up to five passengers. It has a trunk that can hold up to 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is average for the segment.
The 300 doesn't come with any standard active safety features, which is discouraging. At least Chrysler offers many of them as options starting on the Touring L.
Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors are bundled alongside many other features in the 300 Premium Group ($3,295) on the second trim. The same goes for the 300S on the 300S Premium Group ($3,495).
Starting on the 300S, the SafetyTec Plus Group ($1,695) becomes available. It brings adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams. On the Limited and 300C, this package costs $2,995 because it includes more equipment.
Every 300 comes with a standard 8.4-inch touchscreen, a 7-inch screen in the instrument cluster, and Chrysler Uconnect 4C infotainment system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a wi-fi hot spot dual USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and voice command are all included.
Navigation becomes available starting on the Touring L but requires a pricey package. It costs $995 starting on the 300S.
On the base 300 Touring, cloth upholstery, keyless entry, push-button start, an eight-way power driver’s seat, 17-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard.
The available Driver Convenience Group costs $995 and brings LED fog lights, remote start, a universal garage door opener, and 18-inch wheels.
Over the base trim, the Touring L adds 18-inch wheels, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, and a security alarm.
An available Value Package ($3,295) adds a panoramic sunroof, LED fog lights, a universal garage door opener, and remote start.
The sporty 300S comes with the more powerful 300-hp V6 engine, a performance-tuned suspension, black exterior accents, and remote start. It also brings 20-inch black wheels and LED fog lights.
The 300S Premium Group ($3,495) includes a panoramic sunroof, navigation, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a driver’s side auto-dimming exterior mirror, and front and rear parking sensors.
Going with the Limited adds ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, Nappa leather upholstery, and memory settings for the driver’s seat, exterior mirrors, and steering wheel.
The Light Group ($995) adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights and auto-leveling headlights. The dual-pane sunroof is a $1,995 standalone option.
The range-topping 300C adds the 5.7-liter V8, quilted leather upholstery, real wood trim, adaptive headlights, along with heated and cooled cup holders.
The Sun, Sound and Navigation Package costs $3,695 and comes with a panoramic sunroof, navigation, and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
The 2020 Chrysler 300 is an old-school sedan that’s outgunned and outclassed by nearly every rival in the class. The few things that it has going for it include good looks, an intuitive infotainment system, and an available V8 engine. With that being said, we recommend the 300S, as it’s the only trim to have the V8 as an option. The 300S can also be fitted with modern safety features, though they certainly aren’t cheap.