It doesn’t get much more American than a big, square-rigged and powerful rear-wheel-drive sedan, right? Never mind that the Chrysler 300 is actually built in Canada and based on a platform evolved from an old Mercedes E-Class — if you’re looking for a spacious, comfortable and powerful sedan with unabashed American style and flavor, it doesn’t get much better. The Chrysler 300 glides down the road in a way that reminds us of a big Mercedes-Benz sedan.
Its suspension dampens even heavily rutted pavement, yet it does so without causing uncontrolled body motions. The ride becomes firmer with the optional 20s, but we wouldn’t call it objectionable. Body roll is acceptable when cornering, and the electric-assist steering has appropriate weighting and feel. Materials are top-notch, particularly in the 300C Luxury Series and John Varvatos Collection, which boast leather and wood trim covering most interior surfaces. Given the 300’s proportions, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s ample room for occupants big and small. The adjustability of the driver seat and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel are particularly impressive.
The large 8.4-inch touchscreen control interface is one of the better systems around, with large buttons and a logical menu structure. Luggage capacity is average for a large sedan, with 16.3 cubic feet of space.In government testing, the 300 earned a top five-star rating for overall crash protection, with five stars for front-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, the 300 received the top rating of “Good” in the frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests.