REVIEW: 2016 Chrysler 300C AWD – Big, Bold, American Style

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2016 Chrysler 300C Front Quarter

The 2016 Chrysler 300C AWD delivers a classic American sedan experience. It’s big, bold, and luxurious without the exorbitant price tag you’ll find attached to high-end foreign nameplates.

What is it?

Large sedans aren’t the status symbols they once were, but the 2016 Chrysler 300C AWD proves there are good reasons to park one in your driveway. The bold exterior commands your attention and inside you’ll be coddled by roomy, comfortable seats. It’s matched by a powerful engine that puts you in command on the road.

2016 Chrysler 300C Profile

Pricing and trims

There’s a choice of four different trim levels, starting with the base Limited at $32,160 and a choice of all-wheel or rear-wheel drive. The 300S at $35,595 offers a sporty drive, with a more powerful version of the 3.6-liter V6 found in the Limited or an optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8.

One step higher takes you to the 300C at $38,555, which brings back the lower-powered V6, but with more comfort and convenience features.

The top trim is the $44,690 300C Platinum. This is the fully-loaded 300 and offers the most luxury-car experience of the lineup.

2016 Chrysler 300C Nameplate

We tested the 2016 Chrysler 300C AWD, which came in at $42,810 including options and destination charge.


Standard safety features on the 300C include multiple airbags, anti-lock brakes, rear backup camera, electronic stability control, and roll mitigation.

2016 Chrysler 300C Safety

The available SafetyTec Plus Group ($2,995) enhances safety with adaptive cruise control with stop, brake assist, automatic high beam control, blind spot and cross-path detection, full speed forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the 2016 Chrysler 300 well with its highest rating of Good in all but the Small Overlap Front crash test, which received only a Marginal rating. The child seat anchors in its LATCH system were Good, although set too deeply in the seats and they found the front crash preventions systems Superior, its highest rating in that category.

IIHS 2016 Chrysler 300


The 300C is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It provides plenty of power to move the car’s bulk along with an impressively muscular engine note when you press on the gas.

2016 Chrysler 300C Engine

This is a big sedan, but the 300C never feels like it’s too much for the V6 engine to handle. It powers past other cars and has strong acceleration with no trouble merging at highway speeds.

The engine never sounds labored with is noise muted during most driving conditions. Only with a heavy foot on the gas will you notice the engine, which rewards you with a throaty rumble.

2016 Chrysler 300C Shifter

An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on every trim level, and it’s well-matched to the car. Shifts are timed appropriately and never let the engine rev too high or low to create unwelcome noise. The transmission takes full advantage of the engine’s power.

Ride and handling

2016 Chrysler 300C Wheel

Despite being a big sedan, the 300C is fairly light on its feet. It never feels weighed down by its bulk. Steering is effortless and responsive making it feel like a smaller and nimble car.


2016 Chrysler 300C Front Seats

The seats in the 300C are wonderfully comfortable. They’re heated and ventilated up front with 8-way power adjustability with lumbar for driver and passenger and soft leather trims. These are the kind of seats that make commutes and road trips more bearable.

2016 Chrysler 300C Rear Seats
Rear passengers have equally plush seats, and they’re heated, too. There’s plenty of room for three adults with 37.9 inches of headroom and 40.1 inches of legroom. This beats the Ford Taurus on both fronts but is smaller than the 40.5 inches of rear legroom available in the Buick LaCrosse.

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As a full-size sedan, the 300C has a large trunk with 16.3 cubic feet of space. The opening is wide for easy loading and the rear seats split-fold 60/40 for longer objects.

This gives you a full three cubic feet more than you get with the LaCrosse, but far less than the 20.1 available in the Ford Taurus.

2016 Chrysler 300C Trunk

Infotainment and controls

The 300C features the Uconnect infotainment system, which is easily one of the best systems available today. It features a responsive 8.4-inch color touchscreen with AM/FM, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio and voice commands.

An SD card slot, USB port, and auxiliary jack are located beneath the center armrest. There are also two additional USB ports located on the back of the armrest for rear seat passengers.

2016 Chrysler 300C Infotainment


The 2016 Chrysler 300C AWD is a classic, big, American sedan with plenty of power and features.

It offers an attractive, luxurious interior with ample room for adults, a smooth ride, and the power to make it an exhilarating drive.

2016 Chrysler 300C Rear Quarter

As a full-size sedan, the 300C delivers as expected with roomy luxury at an affordable price. Unfortunately, equipping it with the most modern safety features requires a costly package, and the 300C’s trunk room is smaller than its competitors.

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2016 Chrysler 300C AWD

Base price: $40,920

Price as tested, including $995 destination charge: $42,810 


Light Group: $895
Adaptive Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps
Automatic Headlamp Leveling System


  • Spacious Interior
  • Infotainment Sytem
  • Powerful Drive Experience


  • Rotary Shifter
  • Key Safety Features In an Expensive Package
  • Smaller Trunk than Competitors