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The 2008 Chrysler 300 strikes a retro chord with its exterior styling and its nods to Chryslers of the 1950s and 1960s.
The 2008 Chrysler 300 hits the streets with several major improvements for the year. Starting with the exterior, you'll find new front and rear fascias, a new grille, and taillamps. These in no way impair the 300's retro-modern style.
Car and Driver praises the 300 SRT8's "new front and rear end styling," describing it as "Bentley-like line” and “audacious." Edmunds says the 2008 Chrysler 300's "styling is unmistakably American...the large chrome grille, double-lens headlights, high beltline, bulging fenders and large wheels give it a strong presence on the road." This may be why Kelley Blue Book advises "if you're looking for something inconspicuous, say, for a stakeout, the Chrysler 300  might not be your best option."
Inside, the 300 gets a new set of instruments and a revised dash, along with new door trim panels and a reorganized center console. New soft-touch materials, new upholstery, and a relocated cruise control stalk also make the cut for 2008. While some might consider the 2008 Chrysler 300's interior styling to be conservative, ForbesAutos deems it "staid." Edmunds attempts to put a positive spin on it: "its overall interior design has been described as simple but elegant...the dash area effectively combines sporty, semi-retro and luxury motifs." Kelley Blue Book, on the other hand, warns that "some may find the interior color choices drab...despite the 300 SRT8's somewhat colorless interior, exquisite touches, such as the faux tortoise shell steering wheel on the 300C, add an air of individuality and elegance."
The 2008 Chrysler 300 makes an emphatic retro statement from the outside; inside it’s less certain and less fanciful.