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2019 Chrysler 300 Review: Features, Prices, Performance, MPG Figures and Rivals

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Aaron Smith

Automotive Journalist May 28, 2020 at 02:34 AM
With no changes, the 2020 Chrysler 300 remains exactly the same as its 2019 model. In fact, the 2019 Chrysler 300 offers the exact same package of elegance, luxury, comfort, configuration and features as its 2020 counterpart.

When the global automotive industry had started shifting towards trendy designs and smaller engines, Chrysler launched the 300 with a V8 engine. Even bolder than its engine was its raw American styling that spilled luxury. However, there was a lot more coming for the large American sedan than just the presentation. In no time did the Chrysler 300 garnered mass attention as the “poor man’s Bentley” for its sumptuous composition that carried an affordable price tag. Fifteen years later down the line, the 2020 Chrysler 300 still possesses all the attributes it has been known for.

It still has the strong and elegant American presence, premium interiors and a supple ride quality. Apart from its nicely blended composition, it is also known for its reluctance to change. It has been so consistent that it now feels out of the bunch among its competitors and also drew rumors of being called off. Rumors aside, the Chrysler 300 adds one more year into its trajectory and slowly steps into 2019, without any major change of course. That being said, with no major changes in the new model year, let's have a look at how the 2019 Chrysler 300 fares today?

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So, how does the 2019 Chrysler 300 stack up against the competition?

Back at the time of its launch, there were not many large sedans at the price and class, to compete with the large Chrysler. However, that has certainly changed today. With the intensifying “spirit’ among sedans today, the Chrysler 300 has a very tough competition to face off. The Dodge Charger, Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon lock horns with the 300.

2019 Chrysler 300 Trims and Features

We already talked about the Chrysler 300’s hesitation to change, but let's elaborate that. The 2019 Chrysler 300 had the exact trim line as its 2020 counterpart. Four basic trims to choose from along with two powerful engine choices as well. The demarcation across the range was drawn by the optional attributes available with each of them and the ascending distribution of premium features. 

Trims

Touring

Touring L

S

Limited

MSRP

$29,470

$33,115

$36,645

$38,495

Engine

3.6 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

Features

Automatic Dual-Zone Climate Control

Adds to Touring-

Adds to Touring L - 

Adds to S - 

 

Ventilated Front Disc / Solid Rear Disc Brakes

Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System

Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes

Cargo Floor Mats

 

8-way Power Driver’s and 4-way Manual Passenger’s Seat

8-way Power Passenger’s Seat with Power Adjustable Lumbar Support

Sport Front Seats

Ventilated Front Seats

 

8.4 inch touchscreen Infotainment System with 6-speaker Audio

Heated Front Seats

Alpine Premium Brand Speakers

Heated Rear Seats

 

Automatic Headlamps

Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof

Front Fog/Driving Lights

Power Backlight Sunshade

 

Electronic Stability Control

Cargo Net

Universal Remote Transmitter

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Rear Back-Up Camera

Polished Alloy Wheels

Transmission, Cruise and Audio controls on Steering Wheel

Reverse Tilt Dual Mirrors

The 2019 model too offered an optional AWD system with the V6 powered models only. Prices for the 2019 Chrysler 300 kicked in at $29,470 for the base “Touring”, shooting all the way up to $38,495 for the Limited. The range-topping “300C” with the standard V8, stiffer suspension and rear-wheel drive only, was also a proud member of the 2019 Chrysler 300 lineup.

Engine and Performance

We have been used to seeing a duo of a V6 and a V8 in the Chrysler 300 by now and the 2019 model was no different. Even the configuration of both these engines across the 300 range has remained the same for a long time. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is standard in all the trims with an optional upgrade to the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 in the “S’ and “Limited” models. Irrespective of the engine choice, every model comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

How does the engine feel?

The standard V6 engine in the 300 family packs 292 hp and 260 ft-lbs of torque which feels more than adequate to carry the large sedan around. The old-school naturally aspirated pot is very lively and loves being pulled harder. The engine never feels short of power and replies actively with a linear power wave every time you ask for it. 

The 5.7-liter naturally aspirated Hemi V8 adds more fun to the 300’s character. With plenty of instantaneous torque and a very strong mid-range, the V8 can happily indulge in some track-hunting as well. Floor the pedal harder and the blazing V8 smashes you all around your seat. Both the engines gain significant help from the 8-speed transmission that is hassle-free and very smooth in its business.

Models

2019 Chrysler 300 Touring

Chrysler 300 Touring

Dodge Charger SXT

Nissan Maxima S

Toyota Avalon XLE

MSRP

$29,470

$30,040

$29,995

$34,250

$35,875

Engine

3.6 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

292 hp @ 6350 rpm

292 hp @ 6350 rpm

292 hp @ 6350 rpm

300 hp @ 6400 rpm

301 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque (ft-lbs @ rpm)

260 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

260 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

260 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

261 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

267 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm

Among the segment, its corporate sibling is the only one which flaunts an optional V8 under its hood. In fact, the Charger uses the same engine, mechanics, platform and other componentry with the Chrysler 300. The Toyota Avalon and Nissan Maxima miss out on a V8, but they do get a potent V6 with similar power and performance to the Chrysler 300.

How fast is the 2019 Chrysler 300? 

Since there are no mechanical changes in the 2019 and 2020 models of the Chrysler 300, we get exactly similar performance in both of these.Even though it looks bold and imposing, the grand American sedan is fairly light on its feet. When powered with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, a rear-wheel-drive 2019 Chrysler 300 races from 0-60 in 6.3 seconds.

If 6.3 seconds just dont get the job done for you, upgrade to the optional Hemi V8 and that number further reduces to 5.3 seconds. For its size and proportions, the Chrysler 300 surely is quick enough but is not the quickest in its class. While the Dodge charger is similar to the 300 in terms of acceleration, its the two Japanese that post better figures on the acceleration sheet.

Models

2019 Chrysler 300 Touring

Chrysler 300 Touring

Dodge Charger SXT

Nissan Maxima S

Toyota Avalon XLE

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.3

6.3

6.4

5.7

6.0

Quarter mile (sec)

15.1

15.1

14.8

14.3

14.6

Top Speed (MPH)

155

155

140

145

130

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

7.7

7.7

7.7

7.4

6.6

To be precise, the Nissan Maxima is the quickest in the competition with a 0-60 time of just 5.7 seconds. Thanks to the Nissan’s comparatively shorter and aerodynamic proportions and a lightning fast CVT. The Toyota Avalon on the other hand might not actually feel fast, but is very close to the Maxima with 6.0 seconds on the 0-60 table.

How does the 2019 Chrysler 300 handle?

Take the Chrysler 300 out on the roads and that's where it unravels its true character. On the move, it behaves just how a large luxury sedan should. The ride is smooth and comfortable with minimal noise and vibrations inside the cabin. The adequately weighed steering might not be the most responsive but is precise enough to allow easy maneuvering. While most of the time it remains very solid and composed but that's only until it enters a corner. 

Around curvy sections, the body movements let you know about its dimensions quite profusely. The optional AWD does check the body-roll, but the retuned suspension on the “S” model does the job better. However, with stiffer suspension setup for better stability along with large 20’ inch standard wheels, the ride in the 300S does get a bit rough.

How well does the 2019 Chrysler 300 stop?

For a car that's as big as the Chrysler 300, a strong braking mechanism is a must and Chrysler doesn't disappoint either. Thankfully, the Chrysler 300 gets 12.6-inch discs at the back and front both, accompanied by 4-wheel ABS and Emergency Brake Assist. The intensive apparatus helps the Chrysler 300 stop from 60-0 mph in just 109 feet.

Models

2019 Chrysler 300 Touring

Chrysler 300 Touring

Dodge Charger SXT

Nissan Maxima S

Toyota Avalon XLE

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12.6

12.6

12.6

12.0

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

12.6

12.6

12.1

11.1

60-0 MPH (ft)

109

109

107

120

115

Curb Weight(lbs)

4013

4013

3964

3559

3560

For its class and size, Chrysler's braking performance is certainly brilliant. However, even with the mechanics and platform, the Dodge charger beats the 300 in the braking test with just 107 feet of stopping distance from 60-0. Surprisingly, the Avalon and Maxima, even with more efficient aerodynamics and lighter bodies, fall significantly shorter to the Americans. 

How many miles to the gallon does the 2019 Chrysler 300 offer?

One of the important attributes of the Chrysler 300 is also its ability to return a healthy fuel economy. Even with its luxurious inclinations, a V6 powered 2019 Chrysler 300 delivers a combined economy of 23 mpg. The figure is not the best in class but is not too far behind its rivals either. 

Models

2019 Chrysler 300 Touring

Chrysler 300 Touring

Dodge Charger SXT

Nissan Maxima S

Toyota Avalon XLE

MPG (city)

19

19

19

20

22

MPG (highway)

30

30

30

30

32

MPG (combined)

23

23

23

24

26

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

18.5

18.5

18.0

14.5

Range (City/Highway in miles)

351.5/555.0

351.5/555.0

351.5/555.0

360.0/540.0

319.0/464.0

Among its class, the Charger again delivers exact same mpg figures as the Chrysler. The Maxima returns a slightly better 24 mpg combined while the Avalon takes the segment lead. With efficient aerodynamics and an efficiency-tuned powertrain, the Toyota Avalon delivers a class leading 26 mpg combined.

Is the Interior of the 2019 Chrysler 300 a nice place to be in?

If you have ever been inside a Chrysler 300, the ambiance inside the 2019 300 would be very familiar to you. There's the same neat and spacious cabin which does look dated but has an old-age luxury charm for sure. A classic analog watch sitting upon the dash along with wooden and brushed metallic accents, add an upscale vibe into it. 

The dashboard is clean and minimalistic with an infotainment screen and physical buttons with climate controls. The wooden accents on the leather wrapped steering wheel look and feel premium and most of the controls are within easy reach of the driver. Though most of the contact surfaces are covered with soft touch material, the grainy finish on it does look cheap. 

Are the seats comfortable?

The 2019 has enough space inside to carry five adults with utmost ease. While the base “Touring” model gets just a power-adjustable driver seat and cloth upholstery, the higher models unlock a whole bunch of creature comforts. Based upon the choice of trim and option, the 2019 300 could be had with heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel, 8-way power adjustable front seats and of course, leather upholstery.

Though the seats are not very well bolstered, they offer maximum comfort and support over long journeys. With a tall and long body, the Chrysler 300 also offers abundant room to passengers at both the benches. The front seats are aptly perfect with good seat height and ample room. At the rear, the best in class headroom makes things more convenient for taller occupants. 

Models

2019 Chrysler 300 Touring

Chrysler 300 Touring

Dodge Charger SXT

Nissan Maxima S

Toyota Avalon XLE

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

39.4/56.7/45.0

37.4/58.3/42.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.9/57.7/40.1

37.9/57.7/40.1

36.6/57.9/40.1

36.7/55.7/34.2

37.5/57.1/40.3

Trunk Capacity (cu-fts)

16.3

16.3

16.5

14.3

16.1

Despite its chunky and heavy proportions, the Chrysler 300 falls short of its contemporary rivals in terms of space and comfort. While the Toyota Avalon offers the best rear-seat legroom, the Maxima has the class-leading front headroom and legroom. Not only this, the Japanese also have more rich interiors than the Chrysler with much better materials all around. Another area where the 300 is helpful, is its generous cargo area. While its 16.3 cu-fts of trunk is marginally behind the Charger’s 16.5, it can swallow more luggage than the Maxima and Avalon.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Infotainment needs in the 2019 Chrysler 300 are taken care by the familiar 8.4 inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment. The infotainment system comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB and SiriusXM satellite radio.

There's also an in-built navigation system on offer but only as an option though. The system is crisp and responsive with a clean interface and large icons. Overall. The system is very easy to use and easily one of the best in its business.

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How attractive is the 2019 Chrysler 300?

Well, the Chrysler 300 has been flaunting its traditional attire since ages now and in a very good way though. Even when it transitioned into its second generation in 2011, it still retained its classic American style. Over successive model years, it has received some minor tweaks, but only to enhance and make its outfit look fresh and relevant enough.

Be it 2019 or 2020, the Chrysler 300 flashes the same muscular side profile flanked by chunky wheels and straight edges. At the front you still have the large signature grille along with Xenon headlights and fog lamps. At the rear, things are pretty straight and simple with vertical tail lamps, a Chrysler logo and twin chrome tip exhausts. It also gets chrome linings on the front and rear bumpers for an added sense of modernity.

Models

2019 Chrysler 300 Touring

Chrysler 300 Touring

Dodge Charger SXT

Nissan Maxima S

Toyota Avalon XLE

Length (in)

198.6

198.6

198.4

192.8

195.9

Width (in)

75.0

75.0

75.0

73.2

72.8

Height (in)

58.5

58.5

57.8

56.5

56.5

Ground clearance (in)

5.0

5.0

5.2

5.3

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

120.2

120.2

120.0

109.3

113.0

Curb weight (lbs)

4013

4013

3964

3559

3560

While its rivals like the Avalon and Maxima flaunt a very trendy design, the Chrysler 300 has a charm of its own. It might look dated, but never seems boring and ugly. That's how beautifully Chrysler has preserved its timeless heritage. However, a gentle update with some more contemporary tweaks like LED headlamps and even stronger creases would certainly revive its charismatic aura.

2019 Chrysler 300 Safety features

Safety has never been the Chrysler 300’s forte and it has always struggled in that area. A moderate safety rating from various safety authorities have always highlighted its lackluster safety fittings.The 2019 Chrysler 300 received an overall “good” rating from IIHS and a 4-star rating from NHTSA.While it does have a healthy safety suite, but only as a part of the optional SafetyTecPlus package.

The standard safety equipment on the lower trims is very minimalistic with just a very few basic stuff. Another reason for its mediocre safety points is its age-old mechanical ingredients which have never been thoroughly revised. If Chrysler plans to hold the 300 for long, it must revise its safety vault. Speaking of that, spoke of the highlighted safety features of the 2020 Chrysler 300 are mentioned below:

2019 Chrysler 300 Safety highlights: 

  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Traction Control
  • Front and Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • Adaptive Headlights
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Emergency Braking Preparation

Which one to go for?

If you have made your mind to purchase a Chrysler 300, we would recommend picking up the 2019 model. This is mainly because there is no difference at all in both these two model years. At a significantly lesser price, the 2019 Chrysler 300 would offer you the exact same package as the 2020 model.

FAQs

Is the Chrysler 300 a good car?

The Chrysler 300 is definitely a good car for its class and price and the features it has to offer. At a price point of around $30k, it offers you unparalleled American elegance and style along with comfortable ride and premium yet spacious interiors. Though it does compromise on the tech and safety bit as compared to its more generous rivals.

How fast does a Chrysler 300 go?

One might perceive the traditional Chrysler 300 to be a relaxed cruiser but its engines are potent enough to surprise you any day. With the V6 engine, the Chrysler 300 can sprint from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The monstrous V8, helpd the 300 to accomplish the same feat in just 5.3 seconds. The bold American sedan also has a top speed of 155 mph, which is significantly higher than most of its modern rivals.

Is a Chrysler 300 expensive to maintain?

Yes, those classic looks and luxury do come along a hefty maintenance price. The Chrysler 300 is not really known for its reliability and low-maintenance. Since most of its parts and components are in the run for a very long time, it is more vulnerable to mechanical glitches. Several reports and studies have also stated that the 300 is considerably costlier to maintain than its rivals.

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