2013 Chrysler 300

July 26, 2013

Bottom line: The 2013 Chrysler 300, continued for 2014, is a full-size sedan that can be outfitted for luxury or more economical running depending on the model and trim level. It’s for seniors who take driving seriously.

Ride, acceleration and handling: Ride and acceleration are good, especially on straightaways on long drives. The car is a tad heavy (5,500 pounds gross vehicle weight), which means handling can be a bit dicey on twisty roads.

Head-turning quotient: Formal, yet muscular, broad-shouldered, flab-sided and proud, it has attitude. I love it because it reminds me so much of so many people.

Body style/layout: Full-size, front-engine, formal family sedan available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. It is offered in nine trim levels — base 300, 300 Motown edition, 300C, C Luxury, C John Varvatos Luxury, C John Varvatos Limited, 300S, 300S Glacier and 300 SRT8.

Engines/transmissions: The 2013 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition driven for this column came with an optional 5.7-liter gasoline V-8 (363 horsepower, 394 pound feet of torque) linked to a five-speed automatic transmission that also can be operated manually. The standard engine is a gasoline-fueled, 3.6-liter V-6 (292 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque) linked to an eight-speed automatic/manual transmission.

Capacities: There are seats for five people. Cargo capacity is 16.3 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 19.1 gallons of gasoline. Regular grade works fine. E-85 (gasoline with 85 percent ethanol) is acceptable. “Best performance” comes with premium.

Mileage: Eighteen miles per gallon combined city-highway.

Safety: Standard equipment includes front and rear ventilated disc brakes, four-wheel anti-lock brake protection, emergency braking assistance, electronic brake-force distribution, automatic brake drying, electronic stability and traction control, side and head air bags, and a post-collision safety system.

Pricing: The base price of the 2013 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Luxury sedan driven for this column is $42,345 with an estimated dealer’s invoice price of $41,900. Price as tested is $50,820 including $7,480 in options (5.7-liter V-8, onboard navigation, rearview backup camera, Beats Audio Group premium sound system and other items) and a $995 destination charge. Estimated dealer’s invoice price as tested is $48,000.

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