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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.

What's New for 2014

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

Driving the 300
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.

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
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

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

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

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2014 Chrysler 300 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 126 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

great car

By on Friday, July 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,500

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
10/10

Pros: "looks, handling, comfort"

Cons: "gear shifter"

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

"I bought used and am pleasantly surprised. I've driven, Lexus, Infinity, Cadillac, Buick, and most other American cars, but this is a top rated ride. Just drove 4,000 miles on vacation and averaged 27.2MPG with a top of 30 MPG. Great looks and comfort and my wife loves it!"

Outstanding Vehicle

By on Friday, July 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,500

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

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

"This is a Chrysler 300 Touring Model in excellent shape. What it doesn't have is Key fob exterior start, navigation system (but can be upgraded)no leather seats."

AAA This car has been a AAA

By on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "A lot of car for the $$$"

Cons: "Shift stick is hard to get use to"

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

"I have owned my 300 for 3 1/2 yrs. 31500 miles and never had to take it into the dealer for repair. 8 speed & near 300 hp V6 is a great combo good mileage & great power. Its a lot of car for the $$$"

coolest car ever!!

By on Saturday, February 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,500

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: "looks great, runs smooth, loaded with options!!!!!"

Cons: "i wish it were a little faster!"

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

"i love my pearl red hemi 2012 300c. my wife loves it too for all the same reasons. we bought it used with only 21,000 miles. rides like a dream and love all the options. all we did was tint the windows and convert to synthetic oil. AWESOME machine. it has been 100% trouble free. excellent quality of workmanship."

10 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Awesome

By on Monday, January 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

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: "Comfort level are off the charts, V8 Power!,"

Cons: "N/A"

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

"This vehicle was the best purchase I ever made. I get into the car and its like being in the most comfortable chair you have at home. What the questions above didn't ask me was, Does your car have heating and cooling cup holders? Yes! Does you car have a button that will raise a shade in the rear window for blinding headlights at night? Yes! Does your car have every bell and whistle you can think of? Yes! I love this car and have not had one second thought from the moment of purchase. Garage kept, one owner before myself. Beautiful vehicle, just beautiful."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

My 30,000 mile review

By on Monday, December 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Price, handling, style and MPG"

Cons: "offer GPS in all models"

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

"So... I have owned this car now for 15 months. It has and is a pleasure to drive. We have a limousine company and use this car for errands, wedding pick up, long distance runner. All my customers can not believe it is a Chrysler 300. I get many compliments on it. The ride is incredible, thanks Mercedes E Class. The 8 speed transmission is awesome. The Pentastar 3.6 Engine is flawless. Thanks Mercedes! Fit and finish it is still looking great. I highly recommend this car for anyone not wanting to spend $50K more than you need too. I just bought one in a Limousine, and people flock all over it. Same drive train. Do yourself a favor and test drive one before you spend all your money on a materialistic one. BTW... 36 mpg at 80 mph is great!!"

10 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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