Shopping for a new Chrysler 300?
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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
interior panels have a low-quality appearance
Tire thrum is evident, but not objectionable
Plenty of legroom in the back
The 300 received an interior update for the 2008 model year—substantial enough to include new materials and surfaces, feeling like a significant upgrade—so it's worth another look if you dismissed this car the last time you were shopping. You'll note upscale touches everywhere, from the chrome accents to the soft-opening glove box and, in limited availability, Poplar Burl real-wood trim. Overall, the Chrysler 300 series offers a comfortable, quiet ride and some upgraded interior materials that take the cabin to the next level in terms of luxury.
With its generous dimensions, the Chrysler 300 has a lot of interior room to play with. Offering generous passenger space in both the front and backseats, ConsumerGuide also notices "lots of headroom and legroom," although the "flat seat bottoms cause passengers to slide during aggressive cornering except in [the] SRT8, which has grippy suede seat inserts." Car and Driver reports that the Chrysler 300 has "ample interior space," and "when used for sitting, both the front and rear seats coddle the keister." Kelley Blue Book agrees that "legroom is abundant throughout, as is headroom both front and rear," while reviewers at CarGurus appreciate the "cavernous interior" that allows great "interior room and comfort."
While you would expect such a large vehicle to offer its occupants an ample amount of space, the same can not be said for the luggage they may be hauling. ConsumerGuide rates the Chrysler 300 below the class average in regard to cargo space, claiming that while the "300 has a large, deep trunk," the trunk "liftover is fairly high, and the opening is too small to load large cargo." CarGurus remains disappointed by the sedan's cargo space, explaining that "drivers also believe a big sedan like the 300 should have more trunk space." Edmunds provides even more criticism of the trunk, stating that the Chrysler 300's "trunk capacity measures a relatively modest 15.6 cubic feet." These negatives are tempered by ConsumerGuide, which reports that there is "decent cabin storage abetted by numerous cubbies and [a] roomy center console."
The 2008 refresh of the Chrysler 300 brought improvements in both materials and build quality, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com certainly took notice. For 2010, those improvements carry over, and Edmunds says that the Chrysler 300 has "a much nicer cabin, but given the 300C's price, some may expect something nicer." ConsumerGuide agrees, noting that while "tasteful wood and chrome accents and some padded surfaces give a luxury feel to an otherwise commonplace interior," it simply isn't enough when "what passes for acceptable at $30,000 seems inappropriately cheap on cars loaded to $45,000." On the other hand, Kelley Blue Book tends to like the interior materials, though "some of the plastics lack the precise color-matching and touch-friendly feel of some top-notch luxury sedans." While TheCarConnection.com finds that build quality isn’t usually an issue among reviewers, a ConsumerGuide test vehicle "suffered from misaligned body panels and improperly assembled interior trim pieces."
In terms of cabin noise, the 2010 Chrysler 300 lineup offers a relatively quiet ride, according to reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. ConsumerGuide notes that "tire thrum [is] evident, but not objectionable." Overall, cabin noise is acceptable to most reviewers but falls short of impressive. ConsumerGuide also says that the available "V-6s cruise quietly, [and] roar noticeably during acceleration," while the large "V-8s have [a] throaty, subdued growl."
By most accounts, the 2010 Chrysler 300 offers enough space; however, despite upgraded materials, reviewers still note some shoddy interior details.