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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
ample interior space...both the front and rear seats coddle the keister
Car and Driver
Cabin dimensions are generous in all directions
interior panels have a low-quality appearance
The 2008 Chrysler 300 allows passengers to ride in comfort and quiet, despite some cheap-looking interior materials.
Car and Driver reports "ample interior space...when used for sitting, both the front and rear seats coddle the keister with a simple but effective bolster pattern and somewhat firmer foam than the usual domestic custard." ConsumerGuide notes "lots of headroom and legroom, though AWD versions have a slightly narrower passenger footwell. Flat seat bottoms cause passengers to slide during aggressive cornering except in 300 SRT8, which has grippy suede seat inserts." Edmunds says, "Cabin dimensions are generous in all directions, and the 300 offers more legroom than most of its competitors," while Kelley Blue Book asserts that Chrysler 300 2008 "front bucket seats provide excellent lower back and thigh support, and feature adjustable lumbar support for both the driver and passenger. Legroom is abundant throughout, as is headroom both front and rear."
In terms of cargo space, ConsumerGuide finds "decent cabin storage abetted by numerous cubbies and roomy center console." Trunk space in the 2008 Chrysler 300 is not spectacular and hard to access; it's a "large, deep trunk...hinges don't intrude, but liftover is fairly high, and the opening is too small to load large cargo." According to Edmunds, "the [2008 Chrysler] 300's trunk capacity measures a modest 15.6 cubic feet."
The revised interior has improved trim quality, but it’s still not world-class. Edmunds describes "new soft-touch surfaces on the armrests and door panels along with a redesigned and relocated cruise control stalk complement this feeling." According to ConsumerGuide, "special interior panels have been designed to fit the longer Chrysler 300 2008 rear side doors, [but] they have a low-quality appearance." They're an improvement though, according to Car and Driver; the 300 SRT8 features "updated interior with better quality materials...comfort and luxury at a low price."
Noise levels are acceptable: ConsumerGuide contends "V6s cruise quietly, roar noticeably during acceleration. V8s have throaty, subdued growl...tire thrum evident, but not objectionable. Wind rush rises with speed but doesn't interfere with conversation."
The 2008 Chrysler 300 offers ample head- and legroom; the cabin has an improved look and feel, but it’s still outclassed by some Japanese—and Korean—cars.