2015 Chrysler 300 Limited: Luxury the classic way

3 May 2015 | 1,510 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds Luxury cars these days seem all of a kind to some of our observant eyes. Semi fastback roofline. elongated, horizontal taillights. And increasingly, lots of bling. But there's t least one classic among us that resolutely gives us another way: The Chrysler 300. 2015 Chrysler 300 Limited Everything about the 300 says classic American luxury.  The sumptuousness of the seats.  The layout of the dashboard. The chromed dual exhaust in the back. The square shouldered, handsomeness of the design itself--you won't see any copycat business going on here.  It is what it is.  An American luxury car.
And we are sorry to say that, with everybody shifting to the semi-fastback four door coupe look in the luxury market, the 300 is, at least for now--holding its ground--as truly the last , square shouldered, dignified American classic luxury car, and  damned good one at that. Elegant, straight edge styling with a classic,  squared off roof is beautifully done and commands attention from onlookers.  And a  tip to would-be buyer: The 300 Limited AWD sedan truly looks the part with a nice, dark navy or black paint job.
       By the way, we continue to applaud Chrysler for UConnect, clearly the easiest infotainment, climatic system we've ever seen.  We had our Bluetooth going in about five seconds. No muss.  No fuss. No temper tantrums like we've had using this system in other cars.
     Also, the construction, fit and finish all were commendable on our test car; we did not encounter rattling, loose threads, or knobs and bits and pieces falling off in the interior, all of which plagued the brand not so long ago.
With a 3.6 literV6 and an eight speed automotive transmission with an electrical shifter, this big handsome American Sedan more than holds its own---it's elegantly fast, let's call it.
        Though this is a heavy car, the 300 Limited never, ever feels sluggish or overburdened.  The steering is quite well balanced with absolutely no correction of any kind needed while you are driving. Overall, handling is sure-footed, confident and reassuring, with flat cornering and handling curves.
Fuel economy isn't bad, either: 18/27, with 21 miles per gallon overall.  You will spend $1500 more in fuel costs over a five year period on gasoline, and the annual fuel cost is about $2,500, based on 15,000 miles of driving every year, using gasoline that costs about $3.50  per gallon. The 300 uses 4.8 gallons of gas to travel 100 miles.
Our test car had an $33,895 base price, and a  final price, $37,580, with selected options like navigation, LED fog lamps, Uconnect, remote starter, and the like.
And you do get a significant amount of standard equipment with the 300 Limited:
Electronic stability control, driver inflatable knee bolster airbag, electronic roll mitigation, all speed traction control and lot of airbags--too many to count and name.
     The standard features includes LED taillights, automatic headlamps, dedicated daytime running lights, power heated mirrors with a manual foldaway feature, full power accessories such as power steering, brakes, mirrors,, seats and windows, satellite radio, leather steering wheel, leather seats, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and all wheel drive are among the host of features on the Chrysler. 300 Limited AWD.
As for styling, new this year is a brawnier, larger and more intricate looking grille, and some upgrades inside the car itself, among other things.. It's a good-looking car, at least to my eyes. But I'm pretty sure the current look will be gone by the boards in a year or so from now before the car begins to look outdated.
To top it all off, there is a five year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, and a three year /36,000 mile limited warranty for this car.
All in all, the 300 is refreshing--and a classic, too.

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