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2014 Chrysler 300

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2014 Chrysler 300 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.6

There was a time when the staple of American luxury cars meant a huge 4-door sedan with a big V8 engine and rear-wheel drive (RWD). The 2014 Chrysler 300 is one of the last of that breed, but it's more. It's available with a strong and efficient V6 and all-wheel drive (AWD), and there's also a super-performance choice in the SRT8. And the Chrysler 300 has road manners that are world-class, with a ride quality that matches the upper-end Lexus models and handling that competes with some of the best German sports sedans. Perhaps it's one of the last of an American breed, but the 2014 Chrysler 300 is far, far better than its ancestors ever were.

You'll Like This Car If...

Big car, big engine, big performance, rear-wheel drive, distinctive style, take-charge road manners, comfort, handling and luxury, yet without the sometimes sky-high prices associated with premium European sports sedans. Here it is: The 2014 Chrysler 300.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If fuel economy is a major priority, or you don't need something quite this big, and rear-wheel-drive handling is not important, you have all sorts of alternatives.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 8.6
  • 8.0
  • 8.2
  • 8.0
  • 7.4
  • 9.8
How It Ranks

#13

out of 19

Fuel Economy

#4

out of 20

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.9 out of 10
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2014 Chrysler 300 Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

For 2014, the Chrysler 300 continues without any significant changes.

Driving the 300
2014 Chrysler 300 Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The 2014 Chrysler 300 is a big car that has been engineered to be driven well. The four engine choices range from a "mere" 292-horsepower V6 to the rampaging 470-horsepower...

V8 of the SRT8 model. The fully-independent suspension, precise steering and big brakes combine to give the 300 capabilities that are the match of the best from across the Atlantic or Pacific, whether in refined ride qualities or rapid-fire handling prowess. Cruising along a highway, it seems as quiet as a Lexus, while carving up a canyon, it's a competitor for the best sports sedans. Both automatic transmission choices – a 5-speed and an 8-speed – shift smoothly and with no tendency to "hunt" between gears. The V6-powered 300 models are more than quick enough and return remarkable fuel efficiency, but the Hemi V8s, in either the 363-horsepower version or the 470 horsepower of the SRT8, turn the 300 into a land-bound rocket ride.
Favorite Features

3.6-LITER PENTASTAR V6 ENGINE
Even though the Hemi V8 gets the notoriety, the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 is the real star. Its two versions are rated at 292 and 300 horsepower, and it is smooth, quiet, strong and responsive. The V6 accelerates the 300 with rapidity and, with rear-wheel drive, returns over 30 mpg on the highway.

QUIET HIGHWAY RIDE
Chrysler's 300 sedan for 2014 certainly offers a plethora of tech-based features worth highlighting, but the most memorable first impression is the remarkably quiet cabin and supple ride.

2014 Chrysler 300 Details
2014 Chrysler 300 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Open the door and you'll find the 2014 Chrysler 300's interior to be a place of luxury, style, elegance, comfort and technology. For the senses, there are soft surfaces, attractive back-lit instrumentation and a thick-rimmed steering wheel that's perfect for serious motoring. The seats are supportive for long trips and hold the occupants in place when the road rapidly changes direction. Add some luxury options, and enjoy a leather-stitched instrument panel cover, 2-tone leather upholstery and heated and cooled 12-way front power seats.

Exterior
2014 Chrysler 300 photo

There are few more distinctive and purposeful-looking big 4-door sedans than the 2014 Chrysler 300. In front is a big chrome grille that practically defines the meaning of bold, in back are artful taillights, and it all fits into a familiar shape, with a robust lower form and the slightly-small windows of the slightly-lowered roofline, that is not shy about its identity. Details include chrome air-intake outlines and LED daytime running lights. And even the most "base" model looks good, with tasteful chrome trim and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment for the 2014 Chrysler 300 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

The 2014 Chrysler 300 is offered with some interesting option packages. The 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition brings high style, the 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition loads up the luxury and the 300S with Beats by Dr. Dre is for the audiophile. All the packages are aimed at Chrysler's "Imported from Detroit" tagline. Other major options include all-wheel drive, a variety of safety-oriented electronic aids, and upgraded audio systems.

Under the Hood
2014 Chrysler 300 Engine photo

For a "base" engine, it's tough to beat the 2014 Chrysler 300's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, with 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 300S trim level has cold-air induction and makes 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. Both V6 engines have an excellent 8-speed automatic transmission. The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 makes 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque, and the 6.4-liter Hemi in the SRT8 cranks out 470 horsepower, 470 lb-ft of torque, and a level of performance that will definitely get your attention. The Hemi engines are fitted with a 5-speed automatic with AutoStick manual-shift function.

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: 15/25 mpg (RWD), 15/23 mpg (AWD)

6.4-liter V8 (SRT8)
470 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
470 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/23 mpg

Pricing Notes

The very well-equipped 2014 Chrysler 300 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $31,000. Add lots of options and the price can reach the region of $50,000 for a fully-loaded 300C AWD. The go-real-fast SRT8 starts around $50,000. To make your best deal, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, which shows what others in your area are paying for the 300. The 2014 Chrysler 300 is strong on price and product, but takes a hit on 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, we expect the 2014 Chrysler 300 to hold average 5-year projected residual 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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2014 Chrysler 300 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 68 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

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  • 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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