Purchased a 2015 300 Limited in April. Although this is supposed to be a base model I also compared Mercedes, Audi, Volvo, BMW, Infinity, and Acura base models and the 300 beat them by far with things like heated leather (not leatherette)seats, larger infotainment 8.4 screen, 3.6L 292hp 6-cylinder power, good mpg's (I average 25 combined)and I added several options such as Nav., safety blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, remote start, front and rear parking sensors, back-up camera, LED fog lamps, Beats speakers with a sub-woofer in the trunk, and more and still came in at under $31K. Do your research folks and you'll discover like I did this is the best value luxury car around.
I was in the market for a German Midsize Sedan. I test drove the BMW 328i, Audi A4, and the Mercedes CLA250 and C250. My wife asked me if I had any other cars on my list and I said "yeah, the Chrysler 300 but I don't think it'll hold up against the other 3 we drove". My wife convinced me to go drive it since it was on the list. We didn't even get 1/4 mile and we both were simply blown away!
The Chrysler 300 for some strange reason is compared to other American sedans and a Japanese sedan or two, but for some reason they are rarely compared to the 3 Euro models I listed above. Why? I have no clue other than it might be political because the 300 puts them to shame. Yeah, the others have a couple interior things that look a bit better (not by much and prob not noticeable by most people) but when you compare the engine, the ride, the bang for your buck it's not even a comparison.
Once we were done test driving the 300 it was a easy decision, we weren't going to spend $5k-$10k more just to have the BMW, Audi, or Mercedes name on our car.....we wanted the best riding, most spacious, and most upgrades we could get and save $5k-$10k!
We ended up getting the 2015 300S in Black and absolutely LOVING IT!!!
Bought my 2015 Platinum AWD new and have mixed feelings. Ride, handling, and features are very good. Love the styling, both inside and out; controls are very logical and easily understood. Handling and performance are good for what this car is. My biggest disappointments with this vehicle are as follows.
1) Backup camera guidelines are off about a foot to the left side when backing straight up. Took it back to the dealer twice, once after getting Chrysler Customer Service involved. I was told that this is normal, and due to the lens being mounted off centered on the real center mounted light. I've owned cars costing half as much and never had an issue like this with the rear guidelines. My previous 300 had the same setup with the rear camera (although I was told it was mounted directly in the center of the vehicle!) and I did not have this issue. 2) The navigation system seems to be rather mundane, especially the display in the center drivers information area that shows the turn coming up-it is always the same graphic, regardless of the actual intersection you are approaching. For the price of the nav system, it really should be much better. 3) There is an annoying rattle somewhere in the backseat area that no one seems to be able to eliminate.
I purchased a 2015 300c 5.7l v8 hemi brand new. First, the cars seat comfort is excellent. The cars driver side seat ventilator motor gave out on its first use. If you want a smooth quiet ride I would avoid the 20" wheels, they are very noisy. The 5.7 hemi is fast but by todays standards not really... Plus the tradeoff of horrible gas mileage. What people who don't own one don't really know is that you have to get the rpm's pretty high in order to take advantage of the torque on the 5.7. I waited for the 2015 model so that I could get the 8-speed transmission. The shifts are jerky and inconsistent which was a concern but livable. Also when moving to 'drive' from 'reverse' and vise versa there is a loud pop when engaging into the gear. The big problem occurred when I was trying to merge on the freeway and under semi hard acceleration the transmission popped into neutral, then downshifted to a gear too low causing a major jerk reaction. I almost got rear ended because of this. This was all before the first oil change at around 8000 miles( the minor issues were present from the beginning). When I took the car in to the dealer they performed a bunch of computer updates. This did not fix the issue and the car did the same thing upon merging on the freeway again. Second trip to the dealer they had to replace the valve body. This car was just bought back from Chrylser through the lemon law. This car is garbage. Which is reflected in the resale value. May car was worth ~$25,000 in less than 1 year with low miles, I purchased it for $40,000! I did research and the Chrysler 300 is #1 in depreciation! This is why you see so many wankstas in used 300's. Save yourself and your wallet from this car and learn from my experience.
I think this is an exceptional Sedan. Thick wrapped leather steering wheel, large leather seats and plenty of cargo room in the trunk. I look forward to driving this car everyday with it's crisp handling, supple ride and near perfect engine/transmission combo. The base stereo in our Limited has more features and better bass response than any other vehicle we have ever owned. The rotary shifter does take a little getting used to, but is a non-issue and actually makes the center stack feel a little more spacious. This car certainly has it's limits in the corners, but is far more nimble then given credit. Yes the transmission is programmed for fuel economy, yet it responds quickly to downshifts and will hold a gear when summoned to. If you do any mixed driving like me expect 27-29 MPG, if you drive strictly around town like my wife you will be in the 22-24 MPG range. If you drive hard, all bets are off and fuel economy should not matter to you. I am extremely impressed with the fuel economy for a car this big and heavy. Chrysler dealers are willing to negotiate on these vehicles, especially the RWD V6 models like ours and that just sweetens the pot even more. I was also impressed with it's winter handling here in Michigan, it felt planted and traction was decent on really bad roads with the stock Michelin's. I had Discount Tire put 4 Hankook iPike winter tires on my wife's car and we could practically conquer the world in this thing. Test drive one and you will be impressed.