You’re forgiven if you don’t remember that the Chrysler brand still markets a full-size sedan. We will also forgive you if you did not realize that the Chrysler brand itself was still around.
Such is life for the marque that once comprised the top-tier models for the Chrysler Corporation. Now part of Stellantis, Chrysler is down to just two models: the 300 sedan and the Pacifica minivan.
The 300 sedan and its better-known Dodge Charger counterpart are aged models that have hung around years past their expiration date. At least for the Dodge, the updates in powertrain offerings have kept sales steady in a crossover vehicle-dominated market.
The Chrysler and Dodge models are derived from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, circa the 1990s. Sure, changes have been made since, but these vehicles hearken to the DaimlerChrysler era. That forgettable merger produced some decent models, although the culture clash eventually resulted in a nasty divorce.
Fast forward to today and the 2022 Chrysler 300 soldiers on with no changes. This sedan may hang around for another year or two, but we believe its replacement is on the way. That new vehicle, though, will likely be fully electric. It may not even be a sedan.
In any case, for the small number of people considering a mainstream sedan, the large segment is limited to the Charger, 300, and the soon-retiring Toyota Avalon. You can include the Nissan Maxima in the mix, but it is truly a midsize model with large car aspirations.
Highlights of the 2022 Chrysler 300
Although the market is quite small, shoppers wanting ample room for five might consider the segment.
As for the Chrysler 300, it is available in just three grades. All models come with a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes up to 300 horsepower, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Optionally, all-wheel drive is available with the V6. Add $1,595 for the destination charge.
Chrysler 300 Touring ($33,740)
Choose the standard model and this one comes with 17-inch alloy wheels and automatic headlights. Inside, the seats are covered in cloth upholstery. A power-adjustable driver seat, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control come standard.
On the tech front, this model features a 6-speaker audio system with HD radio and satellite radio. An 8.4-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and USB ports are included.
An available sport appearance package cost $1500. This one adds black highlights, 20-inch aluminum wheels, and a compact spare tire.
Chrysler 300 Touring L ($37,240)
Move up to the middle trim and this one brings in such safety features as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert along with front and rear parking sensors. Other equipment includes Napa leather upholstery, heated front seats, and remote start.
Also available is a $2,385 Comfort Group package. This one brings in adaptive bi-Xenon headlamps, an automatic headlamp leveling system, and automatic adjust and reverse exterior mirrors. Other features include door sill scuff pads, interior lighting upgrades, a heated steering wheel, and heated second-row outboard seats. Finally, Chrysler includes a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, a power backlight sunshade, and leather bucket seats with a perforated insert.
Chrysler 300S ($42,350)
The sporty top-of-the-line rear-wheel-drive-only 300S adds a performance-tuned suspension and sport mode. The chief exterior features include front LED fog lamps, a Chrysler wing badge with red accents, and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. This is the only trim that offers the optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine generating 363 horsepower, a $3,000 upgrade.
Inside, this grade comes with an upgraded touchscreen display with navigation, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and a 9- speaker Alpine audio system.
Shoppers can also upgrade to a SafetyTec Plus Group Package for $1,795. This package bundles adaptive cruise control with full stop and go, advanced braking assist, full-speed forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.
Chrysler 300 Considerations
The Chrysler brand no longer carries the cachet it once held. Nevertheless, a well-equipped Chrysler 300 may be a value proposition for anyone considering a luxury sedan.
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