2019 300 New Car Test Drive
Few cars reflect the essence of American design as forcefully as the 2019 Chrysler 300.
With an illustrious ancestry dating back to 1955, the 300 is now in its 15th model year in modern form. In addition to retro appeal, this bulky sedan competes against large four-doors on the basis of value.
Changes are few for the 2019 model year. 'Black Noise'? finished 20-inch wheels are new for the 300S sedan, while the Touring edition can now incorporate a Sport Package.
Chrysler continues to produce muscular V-8 models, but V-6-powered Chrysler 300 sedans attract the bulk of buyers. Touring, Touring L, Limited, 300S, and 300C trim levels are available.
In the bottom three trim levels, the 3.6-liter V-6 develops 292 horsepower, sent to the rear or all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Under 300S hoods, a cold-air intake and performance exhaust system boost output to 300 horsepower.
Every 300C sedan has rear-wheel drive and packs a hefty 5.7-liter V-8. Generating 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, the V-8 also mates with an 8-speed automatic. The V-8 is also an option for the 300S sedan.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 300 four stars overall and for frontal impact, but five stars in the side-impact test. Rollover prevention (a calculated figure) rated four stars, which is not unusual.
Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 300 sedan 'Good'? in frontal moderate-overlap and side-impact tests, but 'Marginal'? for the small-overlap test on the driver's side. (The passenger side was not rated.) The 300 was judged “Superior” for frontal protection, provided an optional safety feature is installed. Headlights earned a “Poor” rating.
Two highly desirable safety features are options on top trim levels. A Safety Tec option package includes forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking. The $2,995 group also includes blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control, as well as parking sensors and automatic headlights..
Prices do not include $1,495 destination charge.
The 300 Touring V-6 ($29,220 with rear-wheel drive, $31,720 with all-wheel drive) comes with a power driver's seat, cloth upholstery, 8.4-inch touchscreen, and 17-inch wheels.
The Touring L V-6 ($32,865 with RWD, $35,365 with AWD) includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-trimmed heated front seats, keyless entry, and 18-inch wheels. A panoramic sunroof adds $1,995.
The 300S V-6 ($36,395 with RWD, $38,895 with AWD) may have the standard 300-horsepower V-6 or optional 5.7-liter V-8. Included are 20-inch performance tires, Sport mode with shift paddles, heated power front seats, sport-tuned suspension, and blacked-out trim.
The Limited V-6 ($38,245 with RWD, $40,745 with AWD) includes perforated leather seat inserts, heated and cooled front seats, driver's seat memory, heated rear seats, 276-watt audio, and wood trim.
The 300C RWD V-8 ($41,695) gets the 5.7-liter V-8 with rear-wheel drive, along with quilted nappa leather upholstery, natural-pore wood bezels, adaptive HID headlights, and 20-inch wheels..