2013 Chrysler 300C

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Chrysler 300C. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-23 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    292-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Responsive eight-speed transmission
  • Handsome interior
  • Ride quality with Touring suspension (V-6)
  • Well-appointed base model

The Bad

  • Backseat not as roomy as some competitors
  • Lazy five-speed automatic (with V-8)
  • Small side mirrors

Notable Features of the 2013 Chrysler 300C

  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission for V-6 models
  • Optional Beats by Dr. Dre premium audio
  • Standard 8.4-inch touch-screen
  • RWD or AWD
  • High-performance SRT8 version

2013 Chrysler 300C Overview

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Vehicle Overview

Redesigned for 2011, the full-size Chrysler 300 sedan retains its iconic silhouette and is one of the few remaining American rear-wheel-drive sedans. All-wheel drive is available. With seating for five, the Chrysler 300 offers V-6 or V-8 power, and it's also available in high-performance SRT8 guise. Competitors include the Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus.
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New for 2013
The eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V-6 engine, and leather upholstery and heated front seats are now standard. The V-6 in the 300S model makes 300 horsepower — 8 hp more than the regular V-6 — thanks to a cold-air induction system and a revised exhaust system. A black roof is optional for the 300S, and the optional Garmin-based navigation system gains improved 3-D-map and route-guidance graphics.

A new 300 Glacier model features all-wheel drive, body-colored and gloss-black exterior accents, 19-inch aluminum wheels, cloth/leather-trimmed seats, piano-black accents, a leather-wrapped thick-rim steering wheel and Glacier logos.
Exterior
The 300 has a distinctive grille with horizontal blades, though those who prefer a mesh grille can get one installed through Chrysler's aftermarket Mopar division. In back, the bumper angles forward, meeting the taillights without the conventional ledge where the two elements join. Exterior features include:

  • Standard LED daytime running lights
  • Standard dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Standard 17-...
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned for 2011, the full-size Chrysler 300 sedan retains its iconic silhouette and is one of the few remaining American rear-wheel-drive sedans. All-wheel drive is available. With seating for five, the Chrysler 300 offers V-6 or V-8 power, and it's also available in high-performance SRT8 guise. Competitors include the Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus.
(Skip to details on the: 300 SRT8)
New for 2013
The eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V-6 engine, and leather upholstery and heated front seats are now standard. The V-6 in the 300S model makes 300 horsepower — 8 hp more than the regular V-6 — thanks to a cold-air induction system and a revised exhaust system. A black roof is optional for the 300S, and the optional Garmin-based navigation system gains improved 3-D-map and route-guidance graphics.

A new 300 Glacier model features all-wheel drive, body-colored and gloss-black exterior accents, 19-inch aluminum wheels, cloth/leather-trimmed seats, piano-black accents, a leather-wrapped thick-rim steering wheel and Glacier logos.
Exterior
The 300 has a distinctive grille with horizontal blades, though those who prefer a mesh grille can get one installed through Chrysler's aftermarket Mopar division. In back, the bumper angles forward, meeting the taillights without the conventional ledge where the two elements join. Exterior features include:

  • Standard LED daytime running lights
  • Standard dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels are optional
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional dual-pane panoramic sunroof

Interior
Light-blue gauges sit behind a broad steering wheel, and a standard 8.4-inch center display houses various touch-screen controls, along with the optional navigation system. With the help of a raked windshield, thinner roof pillars and new door frames, the 300 provides increased outward visibility compared with its predecessor. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver's seat and a USB/iPod-compatible stereo are standard. Trunk volume is 16.3 cubic feet. Interior features include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Optional heated steering wheel
  • Optional power-adjustable pedals
  • Optional heated and cooled cupholders

Under the Hood
The 3.6-liter V-6 works with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The optional 5.7-liter V-8 pairs with a five-speed automatic. Mechanical features include:

  • 292-hp V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque; 300S makes 300 hp and 264 pounds-feet of torque
  • 363-hp V-8 with 394 pounds-feet of torque and cylinder-deactivation technology
  • Both engines can use regular gas
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active front head restraints
  • Optional blind spot monitoring system
  • Optional rear cross-path detection
  • Optional collision warning system
  • Optional front and rear parking sensors
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional SmartBeam headlights

300 SRT8
The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 combines luxury and high performance in a single car. It's powered by a 6.4-liter V-8 that puts out 470 hp and 470 pounds-feet of torque. According to Chrysler, the big sedan can go from zero to 60 mph in the high 4-second range and has a top speed of 175 mph. Brembo-brand brakes bring the 300 SRT8 to a halt from 60 mph in 120 feet.

The V-8 works with a five-speed automatic transmission that has shift paddles on the leather-wrapped heated steering wheel. The sedan also has an adaptive suspension that has three modes for 2013: Auto, Sport and Track. There's also a newly standard launch control feature that's designed to achieve maximum acceleration from zero to 62 mph.
The 300 SRT8 has a distinctive grille and rides a half-inch lower than the regular 300. Dual 4-inch exhaust tips finish the rear. Additional features include SRT-tuned steering and seven-spoke 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.

The cabin features carbon fiber trim and heated and ventilated front seats with the SRT logo embroidered on the backrest. An optional Premium Interior Package adds leather accents to the upper door trim and instrument panel. A Harman Kardon premium stereo is optional, too.

Buyers are also entitled to one day of professional driving instruction as part of the SRT Track Experience. The program, which takes place at select tracks throughout the year, is designed to teach owners driving skills they can use on the track or the street.
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Latest 2013 300C Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Better Then Old Car

by Gene39 from Mass on February 19, 2018

Nice Car But Bad On Gas Nice Car For Size And Has plenty of Power,Loaded With Options And Great Ride on Highway,More Car Then Needed But Wanted one With Power And The Chrysler 300 C SedanHas All The ... Read full review

(3.0)

Great car but.....

by John L from South River, NJ on January 15, 2018

Great car but front suspension components are garbage and will need constant attention. Numerous software changes on the transmission haven't solved the transmission losing its mind issue. #1 issue is ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Chrysler 300C currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Chrysler 300C Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chrysler

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 300C received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker