The 2016 Chrysler 300 didn’t disappoint this driver during a week-long test drive. It’s roomy. Has great sight lines. Fantastic acceleration. And the ride and handling attributes are incredible, so occupants won’t be hammered with up-down/side-to-side tosses during city and highway driving. The last full redesign of this large sedan was in 2011, but the car was ‘brushed up’ in 2015 with seven new wheel designs, a redesigned fascia, and a taller grille. The what’s new offerings for 2016 include the 90th Anniversary Edition, new performance tunings on the 300S, and upgrades to the Uconnect system, including the new Drag and Drop menu bar.
Powering the rear wheel drive 300 is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 releasing 292 horsepower at 6350 rpm and 260 pounds-feet of torque at 4800 rpm. A 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine producing 363 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 394 pounds-feet of torque at 4200 rpm and all wheel drive are optional. Both engines mate to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 120.2-inch wheelbase four-door has a spacious 16.3 cubic foot luggage compartment and is offered in five trims (Limited, Anniversary Edition, 300S, 300C, and 300C Platinum). 300 Limited AWD with V6 engine carries a base MSRP of $34,515 and collects estimated mpg of 18 city/27 highway.