When it comes to full-size sedans, most entry-level models look a lot similar with their rounded, sporty styling and cabins focused more on gadgets than style. This 2015 Chrysler 300S bucks this trend with its bold, strong appearance and elegant-cabin design. The look may just be too much for some.
Over the last several years, the Chrysler 300 has seen a resurgence among the public and consumers. For example, the all-new 2015 model won the “Car of Texas” award from the Texas Auto Writers Association, the interior was named a “Ward’s 10 Best” and sales were up 22 percent in December of 2015. Overall, the 300 finished with a slight -1 percent drop in sales versus 2014, yet this is pretty good for a segment which is shrinking. Key competitors like the Toyota Avalon (down 10 percent), Ford Taurus (-25.5 percent) and the Buick LaCrosse (-18.3 percent) all struggled. The only competitor to post a gain was the all-new Chevy Malibu up 3 percent although this is partly due to it being a new vehicle.
What makes the 2015 Chrysler 300 stand out so much against the competition? In my opinion, it is in the looks. Simply put, the 300 looks like a much more expensive (nearly luxury?) vehicle. From its bold front, its stylish sides and rear, the 300 stands out in design. This design mirrors luxury models so much, you can sometimes find a 300 with a Bentley badge added to it by the owner.
On the inside, the near-luxury design is carried over with much of the interior arrangement feeling borrowed from a more expensive vehicle. However, the materials are not and this is the first indication you are not indeed driving a Bentley. There is nothing wrong with them per se, they just aren’t luxurious by any means.
Driving around in the 300, it resembles its Dodge Charger brethren (they are built on the same platform) with some differences. Where the Charger feels sportier and wants to drive more “NASCAR” in the corners, the 300 is more refined and driving it feels more like a Town Car than a stock car. This isn’t to say the 3.6L V6 engine isn’t capable of being powerful because it can put you back in your seat. The 292 HP delivered by the engine mated to an 8-speed transmission is plenty powerful. However, the setup of the transmission shift points delivers a more stately driving experience.
The refined ride also won’t break the bank filling it up. A non-All Wheel Drive version of the 300s delivers up to an EPA-estimated 31 MPG highway. Our test AWD version returned 27 MPG highway and 18 city for a combined rating of 21 MPG. The non-AWD version is the Best-In-Class currently for fuel economy and is quite impressive for the 120.2” long wheelbase and 4,029 lbs sedan.
While the 300s hits most of the marks, it isn’t for everyone. The driver sitting position is arguably better for taller people since you sit lower than in other sedans. It also is a bit of a bear to climb in and out of for a shorter individual. Finally, the seat comfort just isn’t there when compared to other models like even its brethren the Dodge Charger.
Overall, the price tag of $39,560 is surprisingly low for the nearly luxurious sedan. If you are in the market for a luxury model, but want to say a few dollars or if you are looking for the stately driving experience, the 2015 Chrysler 300s is for you.
Model: 2015 Chrysler 300s AWD
Engine: 3.6L V6
Transmission: 8 speed automatic
Fuel Economy: 18/27/21
- Uconnect 8.4”, GPS Navigation, HD Radio – $995
Price: $39,560 with $995 Destination Charge
- Refined Ride
- Driver Seat Position
- Seat Comfort