Chrysler 300 or 300s: Which Is Best for You?
The Chrysler 300 is a full-size sedan that’s on its last legs. The 2023 model year will be its last, but it is still as spry and handsome as the year it came out – 2011. Yes, the 300 is aging, but some would say it’s aging like a fine wine, while others may think it’s more like milk. Either way, getting your hands on a new Chrysler 300 is still possible. If you shop for one, here is the difference between the regular 300 and the sportier 300s.
What’s new in the 2023 Chrysler 300?
For its last model year, Chrysler brought back the top-trim 300C. This premium model most notably comes with the same 6.4-liter V8 engine that’s found in the Dodge Charger and Challenger models. It even has the same 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque ratings as its corporate cousins, which equates to 0 to 60 mph times in the 4.3-second range.
The 300C will also come with several performance parts like Brembo brakes, an adaptive suspension, and carbon fiber accessories. However, this model may not be suited for those looking for a more civilized ride. In that case, a 300 of 300s could be a better choice. It’s worth noting that the lower Chrysler 300 and 300s models don’t see any changes for the new model year.
What’s the difference between the 2023 Chrysler 300 and the 300s?
The easiest way to breakdown the 2023 Chrysler 300 trim levels is to separate them into three different categories:
- Chrysler 300 Touring: Some of the notable standard features include dual-zone climate control, cloth seating, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and all of the power accessories you need. A RWD configuration is standard, but an AWD configuration is available.
- Chrysler 300 Touring L: The 300 L adds Nappa leather seats, a power passenger seat, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front park assist, and 20-inch wheels.
- Chrysler 300s: There is no difference in features on the 300s compared to the 300L, with the exception of a retuned 3.6-liter V6 (300 hp vs. 292) and the option for a 5.7-liter V8 engine (363 hp).
In terms of pricing, a base 2023 Chrysler 300 has an MSRP of $34,295, while the 300 Touring L starts at $37,990. For a more powerful V6 engine, the 300s can be had for $43,000, with the V8 model costing $3,000.
Which 300 model is right for you?
Ultimately, the choice between the 2023 Chrysler 300 and 300s comes down to power. Many critics, including Autotrader, note that the 300 Touring L is the best value considering it comes with all of the luxury features most buyers want and provides plenty of power.
However, if you need more speed and power, the Chrysler 300s is the way to go. Whether or not you think the extra $5,000 is worth it is up to your wallet. But for our money, we would go with the 300 Touring L, as power isn’t at the top of our list for a large luxury sedan.
Is the Chrysler 300 a good car?
The Chrysler 300 is a good car for anyone in search of a large comfortable sedan. However, it’s an aging platform that hasn’t been updated much in the past decade, so there’s an old feel to it. That said, if you’re looking for something to ride around in style and don’t want to shell out over $50,000 for a Japanese or European rival, the Chrysler 300 is worth a look.