2019 Chrysler 300 Introduction

Few cars reflect the essence of American design as forcefully as the 2019 Chrysler 300.

With an illustrious ancestry dating back to 1955, the 300 is now in its 15th model year in modern form. In addition to retro appeal, this bulky sedan competes against large four-doors on the basis of value.

Changes are few for the 2019 model year. “Black Noise” finished 20-inch wheels are new for the 300S sedan, while the Touring edition can now incorporate a Sport Package.

Chrysler continues to produce muscular V-8 models, but V-6-powered Chrysler 300 sedans attract the bulk of buyers. Touring, Touring L, Limited, 300S, and 300C trim levels are available.

In the bottom three trim levels, the 3.6-liter V-6 develops 292 horsepower, sent to the rear or all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Under 300S hoods, a cold-air intake and performance exhaust system boost output to 300 horsepower.

Every 300C sedan has rear-wheel drive and packs a hefty 5.7-liter V-8. Generating 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, the V-8 also mates with an 8-speed automatic. The V-8 is also an option for the 300S sedan.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 300 four stars overall and for frontal impact, but five stars in the side-impact test. Rollover prevention (a calculated figure) rated four stars, which is not unusual.

Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 300 sedan “Good” in frontal moderate-overlap and side-impact tests, but “Marginal” for the small-overlap test on the driver’s side. (The passenger side was not rated.) The 300 was judged “Superior” for frontal protection, provided an optional safety feature is installed. Headlights earned a “Poor” rating.

Two highly desirable safety features are options on top trim levels. A Safety Tec option package includes forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking. The $2,995 group also includes blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control, as well as parking sensors and automatic headlights.

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