The least costly Chrysler 300 is called the 300C Luxury. It comes with the V6 engine, 20-inch wheels, and the features found on every 300 (except the SRT Core), including the leather trim and the sat-nav. As a bonus, its wood-and-leather steering wheel is heated, its front cupholders can be heated or cooled, and its Alpine sound system has nine speakers – one of which is a subwoofer that boosts bass response.
Its interior trimmed in a soft (Nappa) leather. You also get slightly wider, lower-profile tyres mounted on 20-inch wheels, which are mainly there for their racier looks. Paddle gear-shifters on the steering wheel help squeeze some more fun out of the V6 engine. Windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains.
A 300C Luxury also brings you an extensive active safety
suite, which includes autonomous emergency braking
, adaptive cruise control
, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and a cross-path-detection system that helps you avoid reversing into passing vehicles. (For more on these systems, please open the Safety section below.)
Spend significantly more on an SRT Core and you can have the much more potent V8 engine described above. You also get a meaner look, courtesy of a lower ride height, blacked-out grille, a boot-lid spoiler, and look-at me performance components such as red or black Brembo brake calipers. Wheels and tyres are the same size but the ride is firmer, for more responsive handling. You can adjust how urgently the car responds to the accelerator pedal and (flat-bottomed) steering wheel, by choosing from Default, Sport and Track driving modes. And a limited-slip differential directs that V8 grunt into propelling the car rather than spinning just one rear wheel.
The Core targets those who want a raw, no-frills V8 experience, and so it does away with the leather upholstery, the sat-nav, and the active safety suite.
Spring for the most expensive 300, the SRT, and you get all that back, while keeping the V8 engine and the Core’s sporty features. You also get a driver-adjustable suspension that adapts automatically to different driving conditions, carbon-fibre highlights in the cabin, and a killer Harman Kardon 19-speaker stereo.