Thoroughly capable of ruling the highway in much the same way as those large and proud sedans from the 1950s and 60s, the 2014 Chrysler 300C also employs cutting edge technology to achieve better than average fuel economy, while keeping its passengers both informed and entertained. What’s more, the platform is so versatile that Chrysler can offer sport, luxury, and extremely high performance variants of the same car.
The base engine is Chrysler’s 3.6-litre V6. This powerplant makes 292 horsepower and
Chrysler offers an eight-speed automatic transmission with either version of the V6, as well as all-wheel drive. For both engine configurations, fuel economy is rated at a claimed 10.9 L/100km in the city and 6.4 on the highway with rear-wheel drive or 11.4 city and 7.3 highway with all-wheel drive, but for anything other than comparison purposes a more realistic measurement is the U.S. EPA rating system that estimates a metric-converted 12.3 L/100km in the city and 7.5 on the highway with rear-drive, or 13.0 in the city and 8.7 on the highway with all-wheel drive.
While the 300C now comes standard with the V6, the optional 5.7-litre HEMI V8 in our upgraded 300C tester produces 363 horsepower
If you’re the kind inclined toward V-max, the 300 SRT’s 6.4-litre V8 brings 470 horsepower and 470 ft-lbs of torque. A rear-drive proposition only, the SRT uses a five-speed automatic transmission as well. The EPA says you can expect the equivalent of 16.8 L/100km in the city and 10.2 on the highway, a far cry more realistic than Transport Canada’s 15.0 city and
The 300C’s standard features include eighteen–inch wheels (nineteen on AWD models while 20s are available for both), Nappa leather seats (eight-way powered, heated and ventilated up front), a heated wood- and leather-wrapped steering wheel attached to a powered tilt and telescopic column, a touchscreen interface for secondary functions, a back-up camera, and passive keyless entry with pushbutton ignition. Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming and a dual-zone automatic climate control system are included as well.
Our 300C tester also featured standard remote start, LED cabin accent lighting, a set of heated and cooled cupholders, a power tilt and telescoping steering column with a heated wood- and leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver seat memory functions, a power-actuated rear sunshade, and
As nice as all of that is, it’s the look of the car that sets the 2014 Chrysler 300C apart. While the squared off lines of the 2005 300C were softened a couple of years ago in the redesign, the long hood hinting at the model’s powerful engines and the short rear deck emphasizing its rear wheel drive powertrain were retained. A blast from the past, the sedan’s roof harkens back to the “chopped and channeled” hot rods from the 1950s and 60s. Taken all together, the look is unique, dynamic, and highly evocative. And frankly, so is the driving experience.
Out on the highway, if you give it the beans the 5.7-litre V8 in our test car was more than capable of attracting the attention of the Mounties. You need to make sure you’re driving the Chrysler and not letting it drive you. Deceptively fast because
However, that same suspension system will haul the big Chrysler through corners with the aplomb of any highly regarded sport sedan you can name. You’ll be positively amazed at the way the 300C seems to diminish in size to accommodate the situation. Rapid changes of direction are accomplished with ease, and the braking system readily burns off speed again and again with no hint of fade or fatigue.
To duplicate the Chrysler’s prowess in anything European, you’ll find yourself waving bye-bye to a considerably larger slice of your income stream. In fact, there simply aren’t many other rear-drive V8-powered sedans out there at anywhere near the Chrysler 300C’s price point. When you also consider the Chrysler’s handsome styling, luxurious interior, and engaging driving experience the 2014 300C is a pretty tough proposition to ignore.
Pricing for the 2014 Chrysler 300C with the 3.6-litre V6 starts at $39,595 plus $1,695 for freight. A 300C with the 5.7-litre V8 will set you back an additional $1,745.
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