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Ride & Drive: 2015 Chrysler 300

If you liked the previous generation Chrysler 300, you will absolutely fall in love with the new 2015 version. For those in the market for a five-passenger, full-size sedan, the new 300 is a MUST for the test-drive list.

Available in rear- or all-wheel drive configurations, the 2015 300 boasts a number of “best in class” accolades, ranging from fuel economy, performance, interior comfort and features. With a base price starting below $32,000, it is also one of the best values in the segment.

Consumers have their choice of four trim levels — 300 Limited, 300S, 300C and 300C Platinum.

The base engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 delivering 292 horsepower and 260 lbs.-ft. torque. Requiring regular unleaded gasoline, it delivers a best in class fuel economy rating of 19, mpg city, 31 mpg highway. Performance for the 300S model is boosted to 300 horsepower and 264 lbs.-ft. torque, still using regular unleaded gasoline.

For those wanting more performance, a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 delivers 363 horsepower and 394 lbs.-ft. torque is available in RWD models only. Using regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade unleaded recommended), it has an EPA fuel economy rating of 16 mpg city, 25 mpg highway.

An eight-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission is standard on all 300 models.

Without question, the new 300 is writing a new chapter in the nameplate’s legendary history that dates back to the model’s introduction in 1955.

The 2015 300 features the most standard appointments in the model’s 60-year history, such as heated leather seats, Uconnect with voice commands and the segment’s largest 8.4-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and five-year/100,000-mile warranty with roadside assistance, just to list a few.

Chrysler President/CEO Al Gardner summed it up nicely when he said, “Our new 2015 Chrysler 300 builds on its 60-year legacy of delivering world-class performance, elegance, sophistication, technology and craftsmanship — a combination that can only be found in our big, bold and proudly American rear-wheel drive sedan ... designed to reward hard-working individuals by delivering class-exclusive technologies, premium appointments and levels of quality of sedans costing thousands more.”

The new 300 is an exceptional vehicle — elegant, smooth, comfortable and absolutely loaded with features.

For example, at the touch of a button, the Uconnect Access provides services such as roadside assistance, voice texting, 3-D navigation or the ability to turn the vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Available with more than 80 safety and security features, in the full-size sedan segment, it is a must for the test-drive list.

Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years, and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association. Contact Neal at neal.white@waxahachietx.com and follow him on Twitter at @wni_nwhite.



2015 Chrysler 300

5-seat full-size sedan

Rear- or all-wheel drive

Trim packages:

300 Limited, 300S, 300C, 300C Platinum




3.6L V-6 (292 hp/260 T)

3.6L V-6 (300 hp/264 T) — 300S

5.7L HEMI V-8 (363 hp/394 T)


8-speed automatic

EPA: 19/16 mpg city, 31/25 mpg highway 3.6/5/7 RWD

FUEL: Regular unleaded


Electronic stability control with all-speed traction control system


LENGTH: 198.6 inches

WHEELBASE: 120.2 inches

WIDTH: 75 inches

HEIGHT: 58.76 inches

WEIGHT: 4,029-4,326 pounds

TRACK: 63.4/63.8


FUEL TANK: 18.5 gallons

TIRES: 17-, 18-, 19-, or 20-inch

CARGO: 16.3 cubic feet

2015 Chrysler 300S
2015 Chrysler 300S