Looking at the Chrysler 300's basic spec sheet suggests an old-school freeway cruiser: rear-wheel drive, available V8 power, and sizeable dimensions. But there's much more to the story. Chrysler's flagship sedan is a capable, sophisticated, and luxuriously large sedan. As a brand, Chrysler may lack the cachet of Mercedes-Benz or Lexus, but the 300 gives up little to these more expensive rivals when it comes to ride comfort and quietness. The 300 packs plenty of punch in both V6 and V8 forms. The well-tailored cabin is loaded with useful features and amenities, including the easy-to-use optional Uconnect 8.4 touch-screen infotainment system.
Most buyers will be satisfied with the performance of the smooth 3.6-liter V6, which delivers 22 mpg overall. But the 300C's 363-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V8 motivates this big cruiser even more effortlessly, and emits a pleasant rumble; expect 20 mpg overall. Both engines employ Chrysler's slick eight-speed automatic, but only V6 models offer all-wheel drive. Handling is responsive, belying the large dimensions.
The spacious and luxuriously-trimmed cabin stays hushed under way and offers a hospitable rear seat. Combine this with plenty of trunk space, and the 300 makes for a welcoming road-trip machine.