Changes for the 2014 Chrysler 300:
No changes are announced at the start of the model year, but Chrysler will likely roll out several special-edition versions of the 300 before the year is out.
As the 2014 model year begins, the Chrysler 300 is offered in standard trim, and as the 300S, 300C, and 300C John Varvatos Limited and Luxury Edition models. A performance-tuned 300 SRT8 is also on sale.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard for all Chrysler 300 models except for the 300 SRT8. It is rated to make 292 horsepower in standard format, and 300 horsepower in the 300S model. A 363-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 is optional for all except the base 300 and the 300 SRT8, the latter of which comes standard with a 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8 engine.
An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V-6 engine, and delivers power to the car’s rear wheels. A Sport driving mode and paddle shifters are included, and an all-wheel-drive system is available. A 5-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and an AutoStick manual shift gate is included with the V-8 engines. A Sport driving mode is included with the 5.7-liter V-8, while the SRT8’s 6.4-liter V-8 benefits from a special Track driving mode.
The V-6 and 5.7-liter V-8 engines are available with an optional all-wheel-drive system is equipped with a front-axle disconnect system that decouples the front wheels from the powertrain when AWD is not in use in order to conserve fuel.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The Chrysler 300’s standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine is rated to get 23 mpg in combined driving with rear-wheel drive and 21 mpg with AWD. Opt for the 5.7-liter V-8, and the 300 is rated to get 18 mpg with rear- or all-wheel drive. The Chrysler 300 SRT8 is expected to return 17 mpg in combined driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2014 Chrysler 300 a 5-star overall crash-test rating, though it should be noted that the individual rating for the driver in a side-impact crash is just 3 stars. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Chrysler 300 earns the top rating of “Good” in four out of five assessments. The car has not been tested in the new small overlap frontal-impact test as this article is written.
Chrysler offers a long list of technology upgrades for the 2014 300 models. The Uconnect 8.4 color touchscreen infotainment system includes navigation, a media hub with USB ports and SD card slots, Bluetooth streaming audio, and a voice recognition system. Additionally, the 300 can be optioned with heated and cooled front cupholders, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a power rear window sunshade, and an adaptive cruise control system.
Safety-related upgrades include adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam illumination, a Forward Collision Warning system, Blind-Spot Detection, Cross-Path Detection, and front and rear parking sensors.
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