Marketed by Chrysler as a station wagon and four door sedan for its first generation and exclusively as four door sedan in its second and current running generation, the Chrysler 300 is essentially a rear-wheel-drive, front-engine, full-sized luxury car.
The first generation Chrysler 300 model years lasted from 2005 to 2010. Designed as a modern interpretation of the Chrysler C-300, the Chrysler 300 featured a long hood, a prominent low roofline, and a large grille. It also followed the letter series as interpreted by Chrysler for all its vehicles.
The second generation Chrysler 300 model years are running from the year 2011 to the current models. In 2011, a mild redesign was observed in the vehicle design in the form of a four-door notchback sedan, thus retiring the five-door station wagon version of the 300.
In 2003 at the New York Auto Show, the Chrysler 300 debuted as a concept, and the styling was done by Ralph Gilles. The production for this started in April 2004 as a 2005 model year.
The second generation 300 was marketed as the Chrysler 300C in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the second generation 300C was sold as the Lancia Thema in the rest of Europe.
Merits of Chrysler 300
Known as the classic automotive Americana, the Chrysler 300 favors straight up comfort, quiet interiors and a secure, robust drive. Efficient reaction times to touch inputs and logical menus make the Uconnect user-friendly. The stereo and HVAC are controllable through physical knobs and buttons. The interiors are spacious and comfortable with elements that can be considered luxurious in terms of mainstream large sedans.
Issues with Chrysler 300
For simple features like the operation of heated seats, more buttons could have been offered. If compared with other contemporaries, performance wise the Chrysler 300 falls a little behind. In comparison, other models by Chevrolet like the Dodge Charger R/T Scat pack, SRT 392. SRT Hellcat or the Chevrolet SS may work better as they are V-8–powered sedans that are more engaging and quicker to drive when compared to the plush 300.
The Chrysler 300 primarily offers affordability, space, and style.