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2013 Chrysler 300

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2013 Chrysler 300 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.7

Chrysler's 300 sedan for 2013 continues the Detroit tradition of producing big, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) V8-powered sedans that are all about power, comfort and style. The 300 improves upon this formula by adding all-wheel drive (AWD) and a potent yet fuel-efficient V6 to the mix, as well as a high-performance version, the SRT8. Despite its family-car roots, the 2013 Chrysler 300 handles like a well-heeled German sport sedan, is as smooth and silent as the best Lexus and can be had for thousands less than most premium luxury competitors. Still, the 300 has not abandoned its mission as a true 5-passenger vehicle, offering copious amounts of rear-seat head and legroom. Unfortunately, the trade-off for the 300's roomy back seat is a somewhat small trunk.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you love the driving performance provided by a rear-drive sedan, yet you also need room for five people, great fuel economy and a sophisticated set of electronic information and entertainment systems, the 2013 Chrysler 300 should prove most satisfying.

You May Not Like This Car If...

There is a price to pay for the 300's opulent interior and upgraded navigation, audio and performance options. You can likely find a V6-powered, front-wheel-drive competitor from Ford, Toyota or Hyundai that offers similar performance, fuel economy and technology for much less money.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 8.7
  • 8.1
  • 8.3
  • 8.1
  • 7.5
  • 9.9
How It Ranks

#30

out of 39

Fuel Economy

#8

out of 39

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.9 out of 10
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2013 Chrysler 300 Low/wide front photo What's New for 2013

For 2013, the base Chrysler 300 receives standard leather seating, an 8.4-inch voice-controlled touchscreen radio and heated front seats. The 300S gains a 300-horsepower upgrade. A limited-run Glacier Edition includes AWD and unique design appointments, while the SRT8 gets an improved adaptive dampening suspension and standard launch control.

Driving the 300
2013 Chrysler 300 Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions It's hard to argue against the 2013 Chrysler 300, which offers a choice of a potent V6 or V8 engine, a responsive suspension and steering setup and the option of...

AWD. Our test of the 300C equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 and 8-speed transmission revealed a car capable of delivering Lexus-like quiet and comfort on the highway, while feeling more like an Infiniti sedan in the curves. We did find the 8-speed's shifter a bit imprecise, especially when trying to select reverse, but the transmission itself delivers seamless shifts and excellent fuel economy. If, however, you seek a sedan on par with the best from BMW or Audi, look to the powerful 300 SRT8. Its 470-horsepower HEMI V8 can rocket it from zero to 60 mph in under 5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 175 mph. You'll sacrifice some ride comfort and quiet, but the trade-off for the SRT8's blistering performance is something most enthusiasts can accept.
Favorite Features

8.4-INCH TOUCH SCREEN
The 2013 Chrysler 300 sedan's big 8.4-inch view screen features clear, easy-to-read-and-operate controls for the audio and available navigation. The UConnect Touch infotainment system allows control of an iPod via the steering-wheel remotes or voice activation and features hands-free texting.

QUIET HIGHWAY RIDE
Chrysler's 300 sedan for 2013 certainly offers a plethora of tech-based features worth highlighting, but the most memorable first impression is the remarkably quiet cabin and supple ride.

2013 Chrysler 300 Details
2013 Chrysler 300 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Compared to the last-generation 300, the 2013 sedan's interior is the difference between an army-surplus cot and a goose-down feather bed. Gone are the drab gray plastics and hard surfaces, replaced by warm tones, padded armrests and console and a dazzling array of back-lit instrumentation. If you like thick-rimmed steering wheels, you'll be happy to find in the Chrysler 300 one of the world's thickest. The flagship 300C Luxury Series models are even more luxurious, offering such items as a leather-stitched dash cap, two-tone leather seating and heated and cooling 12-way power seats.

Exterior
2013 Chrysler 300 photo

The familiar silhouette of the original 300 is still easily recognizable on the Chrysler 300 for 2013, but there is a softer, more mature feel to the design. Intricate details, such as the vertical crease in the rear tail lamps, the chrome air-intake surrounds and LED daytime running lamps speak to the Chrysler 300's luxury status. The 300 SRT8 makes no such claim, displaying a more monochrome exterior with low ground effects and 7-spoke lightweight forged-aluminum wheels. But even the base 300 gets the star treatment, with attractive paint and chrome trim, 17-inch wheels and a host of available upgrades.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

For 2013, the entry-priced Chrysler 300 sedan represents a lot of car for the money. Standard equipment includes keyless entry and start, a big 8.4-inch touchscreen with climate and music controls, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, USB/iPod/SD card connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating, a 12-way power driver's seat with 4-way power lumbar support, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, heated front seats, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, one-touch up/down windows all around and a full complement of active and passive safety features including side-curtain airbags, driver's-knee airbag, hill-start assist and electronic stability control.

Optional Equipment

In addition to the 363-horsepower V8 engine, all-wheel drive and navigation system a 2013 Chrysler 300C AWD loaded with all the options will include an impressive list of high-tech luxuries: Radar-based adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning systems up front, rear cross-path sensors out back and blind-spot monitoring to help out on the side. In-cabin highlights include heated and cooled cup holders and a 900-watt, 19-speaker harman/kardon audio system.

Under the Hood
2013 Chrysler 300 Engine photo

The 2013 Chrysler 300's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is the most powerful base engine in the category. The 300S trim receives a cold-air induction unit and sport-tuned exhaust for an increase of eight horsepower. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 has just slightly less horsepower than the Ford SHO's twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, but a substantially larger amount of torque. The SRT8's 6.4-liter monster pumps out 470 horsepower, more than anything in this class. On V6 trims a new 8-speed ZF transmission helps boost fuel economy figures to best in class. The V8-powered 300s retain a 5-speed Auto Stick automatic.

3.6-liter V6 (300, 300C)
292 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/31 mpg (RWD), 14/23 mpg (RWD, E85), 18/27 mpg (AWD), 14/20 mpg (AWD, E85)

3.6-liter V6 (300S)
300 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
264 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/31 mpg (RWD), 14/23 mpg (RWD, E85), 18/27 mpg (AWD), 14/20 mpg (AWD, E85)

5.7-liter V8 (300S, 300C)
363 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
394 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25 mpg (RWD), 15/23 mpg (AWD)

6.4-liter V8 (SRT-8)
470 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
470 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/23 mpg

Pricing Notes

The very well-equipped 2013 Chrysler 300 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $31,000. Add lots of options and you can eventually make your way up to about $50,000 for a fully-loaded 300C AWD. The SRT8 starts around $49,000. To make your best deal, be sure to check our Fair Purchase Price, which shows what other in your area are paying for the 300. The 2013 Chrysler 300's value proposition is strong on price and product, but takes a bit of a hit when considering resale values. However, Chrysler often has a number of incentives and rebates that can significantly reduce the actual transaction price, so be sure to check what is being offered. As for resale value, we expect the 2013 Chrysler 300 to hold average 5-year projected values, falling well below the Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Genesis, but nearly on par with the Ford Taurus and Buick LaCrosse.

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2013 Chrysler 300 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 68 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

excellent city car ever to drive on the streets

By on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,775

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "quiet, lights, navigation, acceleration, seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"bought my 2014 300c ''AWD'' couldn't be anymore happier on this luxury sedan. The car has excellent handling there are tons of features are best. Ride is smooth and look very styling as a more top of the line vehicle. All controls pluses with UCONNECT everything its touch screen including ventilated seats much more. Traded my last vehicle a 2011 Chrysler 200 for a much upgraded model as buying another Chrysler product because since enjoying American luxury decided buy another new vehicle with lots of more standard features in class. The 300c is quieter, comfortable in great seat support and rear sunshade all the best of the best. Love panoramic roof, LED lights, Parkview Assist camera, Bi Xenon headlights, Adaptive cruise control and other more options. Its the best vehicle ever bought also equipped with Navigation, Bluetooth, Alpine sound system so much whistles and bells for a car liked the Chrysler 300."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

not only beautiful but a great automobile

By on Monday, March 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "wekk worth the dollars"

Cons: "coould use power passenger seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I cannot say enough about this auto. very dependable. a pleasure to drive. other than a few adjustments that the dealer took care of when new has been trouble free. the backup camera and acclimated cruise control are a god send for safety . all the other toys ( so to speak) although superficial are great and trouble free"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Better from Toyota Avalon

By on Monday, March 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 835

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling, quiet, controllable seats, controls,"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I knew Chrysler reliability start falling few years back but I think this new large flagship sedan has been improved so much since 2011. This 300 is best in a resale value, rides better from most imports, its comfortable with 4 buckets being really cushion soft in materials. Interior doesn't look cheap nor any shortcomings. Uconnect 8'' color touch screen very outstanding being fully equipped with Garmin Navigation DVD system, audio system, ventilated seats, climate controlling, Sirius satellite radio, rear sunshade, rear Parkview assist camera, blind spot warning, push button start engine with a remote start button starting up car before approaching. Car ride is crisp, its overall superb on everything, panoramic roof is best giving interior cabin full of sunlight while opening. Quiet, fantastic, smooth drive, great gas mileage, nice stereo sound: Dr. Dre beats audio group, cooled and heated cup holders, adaptive cruise control and much more. It handles excellent, very powerful with an Pentastar V6 engine giving faster performance with an 8 speed auto transmission under effortlessly acceleration. This luxury automobile will beat the Avalon or BMW tires off road just that powerful. 300 is a beautiful vehicle, very advanced in everything has all whistles and bells that is worth every nickel and dime putting into this car options and features in a more resale value."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

excellent road car-great gas mlg-sharp style

By on Sunday, March 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "best price for a luxury car with great gas mlg"

Cons: "trans shifter is difficult to manage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I tested the new 2012 Chrysler 300 lim against new Cadillac CTS & Lincoln MKZ & MKS. I found the price new was much less than all with similar packages. The Chrysler's ride was as good as the CTS and better than the Lincoln MKZ & MKS. The engine was quiter than the caddy and much quieter than the Lincolns, which I found to be actually noisy while shifting speeds. The overall handling and ride was better than all. the 8 speed trans of the Chrysler allows the zippy 295HP v-6 to be an excellent road car and stingy on gas. I get the rated 31 mpg on the highway which is outstanding for a large 4-door sedan. The overall quality of finish and interior is excellent with sharp styling. I love this car and its fun to drive!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love to drive this vehicle on long trips

By on Saturday, January 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,056

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Can find no faults"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Had problems with airbag system warning after the first month, Dealer followed the procedures for repairs, first attempt failed, Second corrected the problem, wire connection that was not visible. no other problems. Have discovered that door opening trim does not fit properly. This is a problem with this model. Gas milage is about 17.5 city and 23 highway averaging 75 - 80 MPH Love the styling."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great Value

By on Sunday, January 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Excellent ride, beautiful look - very comfortable"

Cons: "Would prefer gas cap on passenger side"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"An excellent value - powerful with a lot of room - and great looking. On value, compare to Cadillac CTS (I have owned one) - a CTS comparably equipped - 3.6L engine, panoramic sunroof, could be 15- 20 K more. Both excellent vehicles but no comparison on value."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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