The current generation of the Chrysler 300 has been available since 2011 without any significant changes to the design. This is in stark contrast to most other large vehicle models like the Toyota Avalon that have gone through several design updates in the same period. Surprisingly, the 2022 Chrysler 300 still comes highly recommended by Consumer Reports, although most others share a contrary opinion.
So, why does Consumer Reports adore this ancient car while others think the vehicle’s design is too old to be considered? The answer lies in Consumer Reports’ rating criteria.
The 2022 Chrysler 300 standard Consumer Reports scores
While Consumer Reports grades cars on various metrics, they’re all broken down into the overall score, which encompasses the road test, predicted reliability, and predicted owner satisfaction of the car.
According to Consumer Reports, the overall score for the 2022 Chrysler 300 was 83, which is one of the higher scores in the large car category, with a similar rating in the road test. Also, the manufacturer had perfected the engine in previous versions of the car with little to no reliability issues expected. As such, it’s no surprise the 2022 model has a 5/5 predicted reliability rating.
As for predicted owner satisfaction, previous owners seemed more than happy with the executive car and would repurchase it. Following that trend, most new owners will likely feel the same way; hence the 4/5 predicted owner satisfaction rating.
The high and low points of the 300, as per Consumer Reports
One of the key highlights of the Chrysler 300 is the smooth performance, even in the lower trim options, thanks to a 3.6 L V6 engine. A V8 engine upgrade is available in higher trim levels, although most buyers should be OK with the V6.
Typical of a luxury car, the interior is sufficiently spacious both on the front and back seats, with many features and amenities to make the ride more comfortable. Additionally, the cabin limits highway and wind noise and offers a serene ride to and from your destination.
Consumer Reports notes that handling is another positive despite the large size of the car, and the acceleration and gear shifts feel smooth for all engine options. Combine that with responsive brakes, and buyers get a reasonably pleasant ride experience. Finally, the engine is reliable and unlikely to be an expense during regular day-to-day use.
On the other hand, the car’s low points include poor fuel economy, less than optimal emergency handling, insufficient trunk space, and low visibility. The poor fuel economy isn’t surprising for a large vehicle with a powerful engine, but the inadequate trunk space is.
Additionally, some safety equipment and features aren’t available as standard, and buyers may have to pay extra to get them.
Why other reviewers are critical of the Chrysler 300
Car and Driver considers the Chrysler 300 past its prime and notes that you’ll have better luck elsewhere if you’re looking to get great value for your money. One reason for the scathing assessment is it doesn’t pack in as much standard tech as others in the luxury car segment. In fact, Car and Driver ranks the Chrysler fifth after options like the Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, Dodge Charger, and Volkswagen Arteon.
The Car Connection provides a similar verdict on the 300, faulting the car for its aged design that’s over 10 years old. It also has problems with the extra costs for crash avoidance features. That said, both institutions agree that the space in the cabin and the availability of a V8 engine are two of the car’s highlights.