REVIEW: 2016 Chrysler 300C Platinum – American Cred

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The Chrysler 300C Platinum has styling and performance that together create an unmistakable impression of confidence and strength.

What is it? 

The Chrysler 300 is a full-sized sedan that debuted for the 2005 model year. Though it’s been much refined since then, the 2016 300 is still recognizably similar to the first ones.


Pricing and trims

The 2016 Chrysler 300 is offered in five trims – Limited, Anniversary Edition, 300S, 300C and 300C Platinum – and all can be had either with standard rear-wheel drive or $2,500 all-wheel drive.

Entry price for the least expensive Chrysler 300 Limited is $33,355, and our tested top-line 300C Platinum arrived with $7,990 worth of options to total $51,775. As of this writing at the end of the model year, Chrysler is offering $2,000 cash back on 2016s.

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The Chrysler 300 crashes well, but you’ll need to spend some to get access to its active safety features.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the 2016 300 as a Top Safety Pick, with a Marginal rating in the Small Front Overlap test coming in just a bit below competitors like the Toyota Avalon, which posts a Top Safety Pick Plus score.

The $2,995 SafetyTec Plus package that helps the 300 earn its Top Safety Pick score includes active safety features like Forward Collision Warning and Brake Assist, and it’s not available on the 300 Limited. You’d have to step up to the $36,690 300S, and then you’d have to choose a mandatory option, either the $995 Uconnect navigation or the $1,695 300S Premium Group. So the minimum you’d spend to get a 300 with active safety would be $37,685.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Toyota Avalon has its T-PPS active safety suite standard across all trims, and so the lowest you’d pay to get an Avalon with its Top Safety Pick Plus rating would be $34,115.

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We’d like to see Chrysler match or beat the Avalon’s minimum active-safety price to put these life- and bumper-saving features in the hands of more 300 buyers.



The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is excluded from the 300 Limited trim, and it’s a $3,000 option in the others. The tested 300C Platinum showed this 363-horsepower engine to be the juggernaut it’s always been, with smooth takeoffs and a mellifluous exhaust note. It would be hard to choose the decent base V6 over the Hemi after spirited back-to-back drives.

That is, until you consider fuel economy – the EPA quotes 16 mpg city for the Hemi versus 19 mpg for the V6. (Adding all-wheel drive to the V6 drops that rating to 18 mpg.) While the Hemi sports “Fuel Saver Technology and interactive Decel Fuel Shut Off (iDFSO),” we still found our urban instant-mpg ratings landing in the 10-12 mpg range.


That’s partly user error, as it takes more self-control than we had to keep one’s boot out of the throttle, but we’d know going into buying a Hemi-equipped 300 that just like boys will be boys, V8s will consume gas like V8s.


The tested 300C Platinum’s eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission was slick in its work; the Hemi’s plentiful pulling power made it less frenetic in its work than other many-speed transmissions hooked to smaller engines. The paddle shifters had a pleasingly direct response.

Ride and handling

The Chrysler 300 has always been a competent handler, and the beefy 20-inch wheels and tires on the 300C Platinum test car gave it a hooked-in cornering feel. The Toyota Avalon by comparison tends to melt away into understeer when the curves get tight, while this 300C Platinum’s rear-wheel drive allowed some rotation of the rear, at least before the traction control kicked in.



The 300C’s Platinum’s interior is available in a choice of dark or light themes, and the latter theme that graced our test car was impressive both to the eye and to the touch. Most touch points are stoutly padded, and the test car’s $1,995 “Premium Leather Instrument Panel, Lower Door and Center Console” option made the driver’s environment feel genuinely upscale.


Front-seat adjustments cover a wide range, with a lower cushion that tips up for thigh support and a four-way lumbar support that helps you dial it into just the right position.


The rear seat has a low cushion, but its 40.1-inch legroom measurement is among the best you’ll find. Entry and exit through the squared-off door opening is easier than in sedans with the fashionable fastback roof the Toyota Avalon has.



The Chrysler 300 has a trunk that’s good for 16.3 cubic feet of space, and the car’s battery sits next to the spare tire under the trunk floor.


Infotainment and controls

The 300C Platinum’s interior is improved for 2017 with the fourth generation of Chrysler’s already class-leading Uconnect infotainment system. The 2017 will bring a higher-resolution screen and a faster processor, but the tested 2016’s screen was no slouch. The 8.4-inch screen was big and vivid, and it responded quickly to the touch.


More importantly, the improved Uconnect for 2017 includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. So if you like the streamlined interfaces either of those offer, then you’ll probably want to choose a 2017.


The richness of this 300C Platinum’s trim deserves an extra mention; the wood has real depth, and brightwork is assertive but not overdone. This might be the best Chrysler interior ever.


The SD card slot is a nice touch.



The evergreen Chrysler 300 is a familiar sight on our roads, but its classic American long-hood proportions and broad-shouldered stance has woven it into the psyche of US sedan buyers. There aren’t many large mainstream sedans that get respect from the younger set – try that, Toyota Avalon – but even after more than a decade of production, the 300 still has wide and enthusiastic appeal.


The tested 300C Platinum was a terrific representation of the 300 breed, with a knockout interior complementing the Hemi’s powerful output. We’d like to see Chrysler expand availability of its active safety suite while dropping the package’s price, and we’d factor fuel economy into our decision between the V6 and V8.


The Chrysler 300 has proven to have remarkable staying power, and it continues to hit many of the notes sedan buyers want to hear. Sedan sales on the whole are down; the Toyota Avalon has dropped more than 20% in year-to-date sale figures. But the Chrysler 300 is up 10% in the same period, and that more than anything speaks to the 300’s enduring appeal.

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2016 Chrysler 300C Platinum 

Base price: $42,690

Price as tested, including $1,095 destination charge: $51,775


Customer Preferred Package 26R: $2,995
SafetyTec Plus Group
Power Multi-Function Mirrors With Manual Fold-Away
ParkSense Front/Rear Park Assist System
Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection
Exterior Mirrors with Turn Signals
Exterior Mirrors with Courtesy Lamps
Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus
Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
Lane Departure Warning Plus
Advanced Brake Assist
Rain Sensitive Windshield Wipers
Automatic High Beam Headlamp Control

Premium Leather I/P, Lower Door and Center Console: $1,995

5.7-liter V8 Hemi MDS VVT Engine: $3,000
incl. Anti Lock 4-Wheel-Disc Performance Brakes


  • Strong Hemi V8 performance
  • Classic styling
  • Rich Platinum interior


  • Active safety is expensive and excludes the 300 Limited
  • Classic styling may be too familiar for some
  • Low Hemi V8 fuel mileage