Looking at the Chrysler 300's basic spec sheet suggests an old-school highway cruiser: rear-wheel drive, available V8 power, and sizeable dimensions. But there's much more to the story. This version of Chrysler's flagship is a capable, sophisticated, and luxuriously large automobile. Brawny and muscular, the sedan packs plenty of punch in both V6 and V8 forms.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC standard from 2011. Head protection air bags standard from 2010. Side air bags standard from 2011.
Road Test

Looking at the Chrysler 300's basic spec sheet suggests an old-school highway cruiser: rear-wheel drive, available V8 power, and sizeable dimensions. But there's much more to the story.

This version of Chrysler's flagship is a capable, sophisticated, and luxuriously large automobile. Brawny and muscular, the sedan packs plenty of punch in both V6 and V8 forms. The well-tailored cabin is packed with useful features and amenities, including the easy-to-use optional Uconnect 8.4 touchscreen infotainment system.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (292 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (300 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (363 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Chrysler 300 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Sensor. Went bad on right front"

Anonymous, AL (2015 Chrysler 300 Limited 3.6-L V6)

"Light is on, need to get them checked"

Maisa K., NV (2015 Chrysler 300 S 3.6-L V6)

"They seem to pulse when you are coming to a stop. They also seem to lock up or anti-skid starts to early but it could be the tires that come standard with it... not very good"

Greg C., KY (2015 Chrysler 300 Limited 3.6-L V6)

"3 of 4 wheel sensors failed"

Edward W., FL (2015 Chrysler 300 C 3.6-L V6)

"ABS/traction sensor failed, illuminating a warning light to have the ABS serviced."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Chrysler 300 Limited 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"rotors were warped when car was purchased; replaced and upgraded"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Chrysler 300 S 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"there was a break in the exhaust system where it attached. A hole about the size of a quarter was there. The dealership couldn't fix it. They wanted $450+ to look it over and then more money "try to repair" the damge. Their solution was to remove the muffler and exhaust system and redo. We took it to a muffler shop and he welded it together for $40. Dealerships are a rip-off"

W B., GA (2015 Chrysler 300 C 3.6-L V6)
Muffler

"This is connected to the exhaust system problem. See that explaination"

W B., GA (2015 Chrysler 300 C 3.6-L V6)
Other/unsure

"recall"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Chrysler 300 C 3.6-L V6)

"recalled"

William B., GA (2015 Chrysler 300 C 3.6-L V6)

"ORC system had to be replaced. Took many months"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chrysler 300 C 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"My backup camera quit working. I took it to two dealerships and they could not fix it correctly. Now when I hit the brakes at night the red light floods out the camera leaving me unable to see what is behind."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Chrysler 300 Limited 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"usb ports stopped working backup screen stopped working screen cracked in cold weather and was unusable"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chrysler 300 C 3.6-L V6)
Voice control commands

"UCONNECT NEEDED TO BE RESET TWICE IN 3 YEARS; COULD NOT USE TALK TO TEXT. ALSO DEALER TELLS ME THERE IS A SHORT IN THE DIMMER SWITCH IN THE DASHBOAD. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET THE PART YET. THIS PROBLEM HAS EXSISTED SINCE I GOT THE CAR THREE YEARS AGO. IT CAUSES THE LIGHTS ON THE DASHBOAD TO BLINK ON AND OFF FOR 2 - 3 MINUTES. IT IS ONLY OCCASIONAL BUT A NUISANCE."

Kimberle P., NY (2015 Chrysler 300)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"One of the speed sensors monitoring wheel rpms failed. This failure caused other non-performance items; e.g., lost cruise control, signal lights didn't function, etc. Sensor replacement brought all back into compliance."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Chrysler 300 S 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"One of my headlights stopped working intermittently. Most of the time it will shine but sometimes it won't. Not sure if it's a bad bulb or a bad electrical connection. I haven't had it repaired yet."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chrysler 300 C 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"seat heater would not work. was fixed by replacing heat pad."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Chrysler 300 S 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Climate control sometimes Will not change from heat to a/c"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Chrysler 300 C 3.6-L V6)

"could not get warm air from left side of heater"

Joann S., FL (2015 Chrysler 300 S 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower fan would change to high speed regardless of selected setting"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Chrysler 300 C 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"slips when cold, engine races"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Chrysler 300 Limited 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"slips when cold, engine races"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Chrysler 300 Limited 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Dash rattle, vibrates; told the dealer when I test drove the car and was told we don't hear anything. The dealer rep must be deaf! My opinion is they wanted to sell a warranty with a deductible and then get me to pay the $100 deductible!"

Dennis M., IL (2015 Chrysler 300 C Platinum 3.6-L V6)

"There is an intermittent clicking sound from the sun roof assembly. It is loudest when the weather is cold and goes away when the weather is warm."

Thomas C., WI (2015 Chrysler 300 Limited 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The whole front of my car hung up on a wheel stop and had to be snapped back on. I had to get all new plastic parts and snaps. Expensive price but cheap parts."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Chrysler 300 Limited 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint chipping away from edge of hood nearest windshield - about a 2 inch strip."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Chrysler 300 C Platinum 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"Sunroof EXPLODED upward leaving shattered tempered glass caught by the shade that was vacuumed out by the 1st dealer in CA. The 2nd dealer in OR & the 3rd dealer in WA ALL said the same thing, We've never seen anything like this! Chrysler said it was not their fault, so I guess it was my fault for buying the car! $2600.00 total cost to repair, THREE weeks to get the pasts!!! I am DISGUSTED WITH THIS COMPANY!!! I want to let anyone that is thinking of buying this model one simple fact - DO NOT DO IT!!!!!!"

Willard R., CA (2015 Chrysler 300 C 3.6-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The trunk will absolutely not stay shut. And then you will start just try and slam it over and over and over but it will not stay shut. And search you do that you have no messed up the rear camera. And that camera Will cost you over $500 to have fixed the only way you can make the trunk stay shut you have to pull the fuse for all the water latches and trunks. So that means you cannot secure your car or you cannot open your gas tank or trunk. The problem lies at the trunk release button on the dash not on the trunk lid at least it did in my case thank God I am a mechanic and could track down the problem replacing it is like everything else expensive and time-consuming."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Chrysler 300 Limited 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"would sometimes kick out of gear."

William B., GA (2015 Chrysler 300 C 3.6-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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