The 2023 Chrysler 300 sees expanded availability of advanced safety technology and gains a limited production send-off model, the 300C which packs a larger V8 engine and other performance hardware.
Choosing Your Chrysler 300
The 300 is available in four trims: Touring, Touring L, S, and 300C. Base prices range from $35,140 to $56,595 for the limited-edition C trim which Stellantis claims will be limited to 2,000 units for North America.
Most 300 sedans are fitted with a V6 while a V8 is offered on the S trim. A high-powered atmospherically-aspirated V8 featured on the C trim is more powerful than the 300C SRT previously offered and Chrysler claims a 4.3-second 0-60 mph sprint and a 160 mph top speed. Power is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels on all models while an all-wheel-drive system is offered on the Touring and Touring L trims.
|Trim||Engine/ Transmission||Horsepower/ Torque||Fuel Efficiency (EPA Combined) rating|
|Touring, Touring L, S||3.6-liter V6/ 8AT||292 / 260||23 (RWD) 21 (AWD)|
|S (Optional)||5.7-liter V8/ 8AT||363 / 394||19|
|C||6.4-liter V8/ 8AT||485 / 475||18|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The 300 is a large sedan, stretching 198.6 inches in length and sitting 75 inches wide – longer and wider than the brand-new Honda Accord. Its five-passenger interior offers 40.1 inches of rear legroom and 57.7 inches of rear shoulder room while the trunk provides 16.3 cubic feet of space. If that’s not enough, the 300 can pull up 1,000 pounds.
The base Touring trim is mainly without any active safety equipment. In fact, the 300 earns just four stars from NHTSA for crashworthiness and is not an NHTSA Top Pick with Poor ratings for headlights (even the optional ones) and a Marginal score for small overlap frontal collisions.
The Safety Tech Plus Group is newly available on the Touring trim for $2,995 and includes enhanced (i.e. with variable force) automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, parking assist, automatic high beams, and rain-sensing wipers. It is also offered on the Touring L and S trims for $2,545 and $1,945, respectively.
Blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on the Touring L and S and only the fully loaded 300C includes the Safety Tech Plus Group as standard.
All trims are equipped with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with the previous generation of UConnect, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM compatibility. Sound is played through six speakers while the S trim gains three more plus navigation and SiriusXM Traffic. The 300C gains a 19-speaker sound system. Another sign of its age is that the number of 12V outlets (three) is greater than the number of USB (two Type A) ports.
The Touring L trim’s optional Popular Equipment Group includes 4G LTE Wi-Fi, navigation, and the stereo featured in the S trim (as well as other features) for $3,495.
The Touring trim features 17-inch wheels (AWD models wear 19-inch wheels), bright exterior trim, grille surround, dual exhaust tips, acoustic front side glass, remote engine start, proximity entry, cloth seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a rotary shift knob, and LED illuminated front cup holders.
The available Sport Appearance Package ($1,500) adds a black chrome grille surround, 20-inch black wheels, window trim, badges, and darkened headlight and tail light housings.
The Touring L includes many items from the Sport Appearance with a performance front fascia with premium fog lights, a black chrome grille surround, integrated turn signals in the mirrors with auto-dimming for the driver, perforated leather-trimmed seats, and an eight-way power passenger seat.
The Comfort Group ($2,385) offers HID headlights with auto-leveling, footwell and door pocket LED lighting, ventilated front seats, memory positioning for the driver, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a power rear sunshade, and even an upgraded rear armrest with LED cupholder lighting.
The Popular Equipment Group is also offered and it includes a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and upgraded connectivity for $3,495.
The S trim includes the features of the Popular Equipment Group, a performance suspension, a Sport mode driver setting, sport seats, and even high-performance rubber. The S offers the Comfort Group for $2,085 and, when fitted with the optional V8 ($3,195), features a performance front fascia, a rear spoiler, and performance side sills.
Acting as this generation’s final farewell tour, the 300C is fitted with not just the larger engine but also red Brembo performance front brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, adaptive dampers, and a large dual exhaust system with active valves. It also wears a unique black mesh grille, 20-inch black forged wheels, black chrome exterior accents, dark round exhaust tips, full-leather sport seats with embossed logos, and carbon-fiber interior trim accents. The top trim is fully loaded and the only choice to make is between a red, black, or white exterior color.
The Chrysler 300 is finally ending this generation’s long run. For those who most appreciate the 300’s unique large car design, we’d take the Touring L trim with the optional Safety and Popular Equipment Group packages.