2021 Chrysler 300 Specifications, Pricing, Pictures and Videos
About this model:In many ways, the story of Chrysler is the story of its founder, Walter P. Chrysler.
A quick-tempered railroad man who worked his way up from an apprentice to the works manager of Allegheny Locomotive, Chrysler was recruited by Buick chief Charles Nash to oversee production at the company's Flint, Mich. , plant.
He was so successful at reducing costs and increasing efficiency that, when he attempted to resign, General Motors founder and CEO Charles Durant offered Chrysler a three-year contract that paid him today's equivalent of $170,000 a month, and a yearly bonus of $500,000 in GM stock. When he left GM in 1919, Chrysler was one of the richest men in America.
Investors in Willys-Overland asked Chrysler to turn around their struggling company, which he did. And two years later, he moved to the Maxwell-Chalmers company.
He killed Chalmers and replace it with a six-cylinder car that wore the Chrysler badge. It featured items like an air filter, full-pressure lubrication system, and oil filter at a time when most cars didn't.
This reputation for advanced engineering would see Chrysler, which by the late 1920s included the Chrysler, Plymouth, Desoto, and Dodge brands, move into second place behind GM. Even the ungainly but aerodynamic Airflow models of 1934 weren't enough to harm its reputation, though it would cause Chrysler to build conservative-looking cars until chief stylist Virgil Exner introduced the "Forward Look" cars in 1955 to make better use of the powerful Hemi V-8.
By 1960, the Dodge lineup began to encroach on the other brands, leading to the death of Desoto in 1961, and the eventual demise of Plymouth in 2001. In 1979, the U.
S. government extended $1.
5 billion in loan guarantees to the company which were paid off, with interest, in 1983 by company chairman Lee Iacocca. Flush with cash from the success of its small front-wheel-drive K-cars and the creation of the minivan, Chrysler bought American Motors in 1987 and came nearly full-circle: Jeep started out as part of Willys-Overland.
A large front-drive platform (codename: LH) also was part of the deal, and combined with adventuresome styling, it helped Chrysler become one of the most profitable American automakers of the period and attract the attention of Daimler-Benz. Post-merger, Chrysler, once again in a financial downturn, drew from the Mercedes parts bin to produce the LX-based Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum, and Dodge Charger sedans.
The Hemi-powered LX cars, Ram pickup, Jeeps, and Dodge Durango/Chrysler Aspen SUVs helped Daimler through its own restructuring, but by 2007 it was over. Daimler wanted out, and sold a majority stake in Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management for $7.
4 billion, less than one-fourth what it had spent to buy it a decade before. Like all auto companies, but especially the American ones, Chrysler has suffered mightily through the recent financial crisis.
The Auburn Hills, Mich. -based automaker remains independent, but the question is for how long.
Model strengths:Athletic V8 engine option; roomy interior; comfortable ride; luxury-style interior touches; available all-wheel drive
Model Changes:Chrysler has simplified the 300 line up by removing the Limited and 300C and offering only the 300 Touring and 300S for 2021.
Model Value:The 300 presents a luxury big-car design and style at an affordable price.
The car retains Audi-inspired exterior styling but features more Chrysler-like pricing. The lineup of powerful engines and available all-wheel drive mean the 300 also has performance credibility to match its style.
Inside, a comprehensive list of standard equipment as well as safety technology means the 300 competes above its class in both features and price.
Model Overview:The Chrysler 300 family comes in Touring and 300S.
A pair of powertrains are available, enabling the Chrysler 300 to run the gamut from affordable, spacious and high-value mid-size to serious luxury and performance tourer. The base powertrain on the Chrysler 300 is a 3.
6L V6 that makes 292 horsepower. The optional 363-horsepower 5.
7L Hemi V8 engine is flex-fuel compatible. All models come equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The available all-wheel-drive system combines an active transfer case for seamless response when traction is required, and a front-axle disconnect to help improve fuel economy when grip is sure. In any of its variants, the 300 is a spacious sedan with a comfortable ride, supportive seating and a back seat with enough headroom and legroom for adults.
Trunk space is cavernous, and the interior is very well isolated from road and wind noise. The base Touring model is the definition of affordable luxury.
It comes well-equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, heated power mirrors, AM/FM/Satellite stereo with an 8. 4-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Connectivity, 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hot Spot, Bluetooth, an electronically auto-dimming rearview mirror and cloth-trimmed seats.
The 300's strong safety feature list includes traction control, stability control and brake enhancing Ready Alert and rainy day brake support. The 300S comes standard with a slightly more powerful version of the 3.
6L V6, making 300 horsepower. Power driver and passenger seats and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, heated sport bucket seats, leather seating, six Alpine speakers, leather wrapped steering wheel with piano black inserts, sport tuned suspension are all standard on the 300S.
The 300S is also available with the bigger 5. 7L V8 engine.
Standard safety features on the 300 S include a Front/Rear Park Assist system, a blind spot warning system and rear cross path detection. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, advanced brake assist, lane departure warning plus, full speed forward collision warning system, and a ParkSense active park assist system.
The 300 also comes in an array of equipment and appearance packages including a Red S Appearance package, Chrome Appearance package, Sport Appearance package, Comfort group, Driver Convenience group and a SafetyTec Plus group.