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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Whistler didn’t refresh his painting of his mom four years after completing it. Nor did he completely redo it every seven years for the rest of his life.
Car and Driver
The 300’s chromed taillights might be derivative … of a Rolls-Royce Ghost or a Bentley Mulsanne. I see this being a problem like Verizon sees a bajillion new iPhone users as problematic.
The cabin is elegant and well-proportioned...
Still looks a tad too much like its predecessor.
The new look is still more Armani than Abercrombie.
Visually, the 300 sedans are have always hit a sweet spot between modern, ornate, and traditional. In any case, the 2013 Chrysler 300 remains a swaggering hulk of a sedan.
Last year's redesign brought a somewhat smoother, less broad-shouldered look, with the cartoonish grille and brash details toned down, too.
The cartoonish grille and faux-Bentley look are gone, with brash details toned down. Smaller headlights wear LED eyeliner, while the fenders are more rectilinear, especially on the rear where they've picked up some of the intricate stamped-in details seen on the current Ford Taurus, Buick LaCrosse, even the most recent E-Class. Vertical-tube lamps in back add a more expensive look--almost Cadillac-like.
Overall, the look is a bit less showy. And for that reason we think the subdued 19-inch wheels are more fitting; 20-inch chrome wheels are still available and provide the bold note others will want.
Inside, the look became smoother and richer, with regrouped controls and an LCD touchscreen taking up prime real estate at the middle of the dash; there's also a bit more metallic trim to provide framing, while a carbon-fiber look or naturally finished wood for trims sets a modern, elegant tone.
You won't find a sedan that's as svelte, swaggering, and uniquely American as the 2013 Chrysler 300.