I am a firm believer that your car should portray reflect personality. Everything from the color to the number of horses under the hood should be considered and given ample amount of thought. Going green probably means you are more conservative. Opting for that red convertible you’ve had your eye on shows your less practical and more fun and playful side.
Unfortunately, not all of us have the luxury of purchasing a vehicle that matches our personality but nevertheless I believe it should at least make you feel good. It is after all the first thing you see at the start and end of each day.
We’re all guilty of doing it I don’t care who you are. We tend to judge someone based on their set of wheels. For example, what do you think of when you see a women step out of an SUV? You may see something different but I see a soccer mom. When I see a man or women step out of a tiny subcompact, I see a conservative recycler.
Neither of these examples are necessarily bad thing, it just so happens to be what I envision. You may see something completely different. When I see a man step out of his Chrysler 300 I envision a guy who likes to play poker. A man who comfortable in his own skin and doesn’t owe an explanation to anyone. Whether you agree or not, the 2014 Chrysler 300 is certainly worth a look.
The 2014 Chrysler 300 is a full-size man-sedan that is offered in the following trim levels: 300, 300S, 300C, 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition (the ultimate man machine), SRT8 Core and SRT8.
Standard features on the entry level 300 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Multimedia features include Bluetooth®, a six-speaker sound system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, an iPod®/USB, an auxiliary audio input jack and satellite radio. The standard RWD gets an estimated 19 mpg city and 31mpg highway. Its starting price is $30,454.
The 300S features 20-inch alloy wheels (selecting AWD will get you 19-inch alloy wheels), additional horsepower, fog lamps, a remote starting system, paddle shifters, heated front seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a back-up camera and a ten-speaker Beats by Dr. Dre sound system with a 522-Watt amplifier. The 300S starts at $33,545.
Stepping up to the 300C will get you the 18-inch alloy wheels, power adjustable pedals, a heated steering wheel with position memory functions, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated and cooled cup holders, a rear power sun shade, a navigation system, a six-speaker Alpine® sound system and a rear view camera. This trim will run you over $36 grand.
The one-of-a-kind 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition features platinum chrome exterior trim, 20-inch
alloy wheels (19 inch in AWD), sport mode, paddle shifters, premium leather upholstery, a leather-trimmed center console and instrument panel, and authentic wood trim inserts that have been
sanded by hand. Asking price starts at $41,045.
The 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition is similarly equipped but adds unique interior and
exterior design touches. Design features like ultra- premium leather upholstery with John Varvatos’s
signature stitching, a sophisticated gauge cluster and titanium chrome finished exterior trims give the 300C a refined yet hardcore look. This will be available later 2014.
Opting for the high-performance 300 SRT8 will get you a stronger 470 hp/V8 engine that produces 470lbs of torque, unique styling features, 20-inch alloy wheels with high-performance tires, upgraded Brembo brakes, a three-mode sport tuned suspension, launch control, a rearview camera, auto-leveling Xenon headlights and sport seats. If you want to add a bit more to this model, leather/faux suede upholstery and front/rear parking sensors are optional. This baby will also sprint effortlessly from 0-60mph in as little as 4.7 seconds but fuel economy dips to an estimated 14mpg city and 23 mpg highway. Prices for this trim start at $49 grand.
Standard safety features across the board include 7 airbags including a driver-knee airbag, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction control, electronic stability control and reactive head restraints. The reactive front head restraints automatically move forward and upward to help reduce whiplash-type injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. Adding the Safety Tec Package this will give Adaptive Speed Control, Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Front and Rear Park Assist which is worth the add-ons.
Overall the Chrysler 300 has changed little from last year’s model. It offers loads of curb appeal and it is still a worthy choice as long as you’re ok with its steep price tags. Some of its competitors that are also worth considering include the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Hyundai Azera, Kia Cadenza, and the Toyota Avalon.
Curb appeal; comfortable and quiet ride; high safety ratings; spacious and high quality cabin; strong engine line up; long list of standard features
Steep price tag; poor rearward visibility