Sedans Are a Dying Breed But Chrysler Has a Gem
Crossovers may be dominating the auto market, and for some automakers and consumers, that’s a good thing. The capability of an SUV with the family-friendliness of a minivan? Sounds great. However, as SUVs and crossovers continue to grow in demand and saturate the auto market, those of us who enjoy the nimble-handling of a vehicle with a low center of gravity are still trying to hold onto the smaller cars of our past time. And why not? Sedans and hatchbacks are loads of fun without being turned into behemoths; it would also be nice if we don’t need to cash out $50,000+ for a high-tier Dodge Challenger, though we do love Dodge muscle cars. For those of us who want a smaller car, Chrysler is another automaker that still has a sedan in the lineup – the Chrysler 300.
The 2018 Chrysler 300 has five trims when choosing the rear-wheel drivetrain (RWD) and four trims when choosing the all-wheel drivetrain (AWD). For this article, we’d like to focus on the sport trim, the 300S, second from the last on an AWD and the middle trim when choosing RWD. Already powerful, and with the ability to upgrade, it’s a great choice for consumers looking for a sedan in the $30-40k price range.
Standard under the hood of most Chrysler 300 sedans is a 3.6-liter V6 engine optimized with variable valve timing (VVT) for the best performance possible. The 300S is no different, outfitted with a 300hp engine, a tribute to its namesake. If opting for AWD though, consumers will notice the Chrysler 300S gets a different engine installed – a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine optimized with VVT and a multi-displacement system that shuts off four-of-the-eight engine cylinders when driving at a cruising speed to conserve fuel economy. This engine is also an option for the 300S on RWD, able to generate 363 horsepower. Regardless of the engine or drivetrain, all 2018 Chrysler 300 trims are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The reason we picked the Chrysler 300S is because, even though its 2005 trapezoidal grille and bulldog-like stance may feel a little dated, like any vehicle giving a nod to its heritage (looking at you Dodge heritage options), the Chrysler 300S has its own sense of retro cool. Plus, the 300S is still pretty new to the lineup, and has some changes that give off that high-class sense European cars tend to have. Trading the exterior chrome for black around the grille, lower air dam, behind the headlights, and around the windows, this vehicle looks less like an American-style sedan and more like those of our neighbors in the western hemisphere. Hence why we usually relate the Chrysler 300 to a James Bond car. Take into account modern features such as heated exterior mirrors, solar control glass, automatic headlamps, and an optional sunroof, and we have a great sedan for the masses.
The inside isn’t too shabby, either. The interior of the 2018 Chrysler 300S shares a lot of the same look and feel of any other Chrysler 300, aside from a blackout color scheme replacing the polished silver. Not a real problem though, when we take into account the lovely features that make up the interior of the Chrysler 300S. These include standard features such as leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, front and rear solar glass, and more. The true gem is the Uconnect infotainment system, found in many if not all Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group vehicles.
Made for entertaining passengers and keeping the driver in control, the Uconnect infotainment system has been evolving for some time now. Entering its fourth generation, Uconnect 4, the usual touchscreen is seven inches, but the Chrysler 300 keeps the last generation’s 8.4-inch touchscreen as the standard and only display option. Not like a bigger touchscreen is a problem, and being that Uconnect 4C is the standard on the Chrysler 300 lineup, it’s just that much better. Uconnect 4C offers the same features as Uconnect 4, except 4C is made for smartphone integration, literally displaying one’s smartphone home screen on the touchscreen when plugged in. Uconnect 4C also comes with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities standard. Top it off with the Beats Audio ten premium speaker sound system (with a subwoofer) only available to the 2018 Chrysler 300S (as an add-on option), and you have a slick sedan with the hottest technology and a killer stereo.
Sedans may be dying out, but the ones that stay have a standard to meet. Find the Chrysler 300S at Aventura CJDR next time you’re looking for that perfect gem of a sedan.