Ranked number two in Affordable Large Cars by U.S. News, the 2013 Chrysler 300 is both a family and luxury vehicle. With an MSRP starting at $36,145 and a highway MPG of 31 (city MPG 19), it is sure to impress those in the luxury sedan market. The technologically advanced 300 series includes the 300, 300 Motown, 300S, 300c, 300S, AWD Glacier Edition, the John Varvatos Luxury and Limited Editions, 300C Luxury series, and the 300 SRT8.
The RWD and AWD, the 300’s basic models, include a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, 8-speed transmission, heated leather seats for driver and front passenger, and the Uconnect 8.4 inch touch screen among other benefits. Included in the Uconnect are CD, DVD, and MP3 options with a 1-year service to SirusXM Satellite Radio. Safety features include ABS, electronic stability, and all-speed traction control, seven air bags, tire pressure monitor, and folding sire mirrors.
To get a close up look at some of the models that Chrysler offers the 300 in, we stopped by Ken Garff Chrysler, a local car dealership near Salt Lake City UT. Our ‘Chrysler expert’ took us around the lot showing the various trim levels and packages that they have in stock for the 300. While we found the basic 300 quite stylish and a seemingly good value, one model that caught our eye was the Motown. This car would be perfect for those who still want something affordable, but also want something just a bit more glitzy. The Motown offers the same basic package with extra aesthetic features. Included in the Motown model, starting at $33,145, are chrome mirror cap and door handles, black Napa and pearl leather with Motown logo, black satin chrome trim, and premium floor mats with velour trim. At the same price, the 300S V6 RWD adds steering wheel manual shift control, Beats Audio, and a 3.6L Pentastar V6 24V VVT engine to the basic package. All wheel drive is also available in this model.
Between the Motown, 300S V6 and the 2013 SRT8, there are more available features than a driver would know what to do with. For example, the 300C includes everything on the 300 as well as Garmin navigation in the Uconnect, back up cameras, heated back seats, adjustable pedals, memory control of driver preferences, heated and cooling cup holders, and a HomeLink for garage doors. Like the Motown, the 300S Glacier, John Varvatos (Luxury and Limited) and 300C Luxury series differ based on looks. Features for color, trim, and leather options change respectively. An example would be that the John Varvatos has limited model color options.
Finally, the 300 SRT8, starting at $45,250 with 23 highway miles per gallon (14 city miles), contains a high-performance technological aspect to basic features. This model contains a 6.4L SRT HEMI V8 engine with fuel saver technology, 470 horsepower, high performance tires, engine cooling, 4-wheel individual ‘High-performance’ suspension, track experience, automatic front light leveling, rain sensitive windshield wipers, front and rear parking assist, and a tire service kit.
After a successful trip to the great city of Salt Lake City to discover what the 300 is all about here is our conclusion: though the 300 series is a luxury car, it is definitely a safe family car with its numerous driver friendly features available. Even though most of the models of this series change features for aesthetic value, the 300 to 300 SRT8 make it a customizable vehicle for all drivers.