Initial pricing and features are just before the safety section.
For 2015, the 300 and 300C engines carry over; the 300S gets a standard 300 hp, 264 lb-ft V6 with an optional Hemi. Both engines have a top 1,000 pound towing limit. V6 takes regular gas, Hemi takes midgrade.
V6 models use the Chrysler-built 845RE and Hemis use the closely related ZF 8HP70. Hemis also get a standard electronic limited-slip differential. All cars get a 730 CCA battery in an H7 case; the base car, Limited, gets a 160 amp alternator, while all others get 180 amps.
and the wheels (all are cast aluminum)...
by Patrick Rall
The 2015 Chrysler 300 is sold in four trim lines — Limited, 300C, 300S and 300C Platinum — with the 3.6L Pentastar V6, the 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, and rear wheel drive standard across all models. This engine and transmission combination delivers 292 horsepower and up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway in the Limited, 300C and 300C Platinum, while the 300S packs 300 horsepower and the same EPA ratings.
Buyers who demand more power can opt for the 5.7L Hemi with 363 horsepower, an option which will set you back $3,000 and drop fuel economy while requiring midgrade fuel; but 0-60 sprints are not all that much faster. Advanced all wheel drive can be added to any 2015 300 for $2,500, but as with the 2015 Charger, you cannot get all wheel drive with the Hemi.
The base model, the 2015 Chrysler 300 Limited, comes with an impressive list of standard features which includes the 8.4 inch infotainment system, a new 7 inch information display and large analog speedometer and tachometer (similar to the gauge package on the Dodge Charger), heated leather seats and 12-way power controls up front, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, LED daytime running lights, a capless fuel filler door, an acoustic windshield and more. There is a long list of standard features, with a total cost of $32,390 (including the $995 destination fee).
Chrysler expects the 2015 Chrysler 300 Limited to account for roughly 45% of 300 sales, since it includes most of the features customers want with an attractive base price.
Next up is the 2015 Chrysler 300S, which continues to be the sportiest of the big Chrysler sedans (save for the 2014 SRT — and, possibly, a to-be-announced 6.4 liter 2015 300-something). The 300S wears unique black accents across the exterior, 20 inch Hyper Black wheels, unique dual exhaust, sport-tuned suspension setup (improved upon from the previous year), Sport shift mode for lightning quick shifts, sport front bucket seats in black or black-and-Ambassador-Blue, backup camera, remote start, nine speaker Beats audio, and most of the standard features from the 300 Limited.
With the 3.6L Pentastar V6, the 300S starts at $35,890 (including destination) and buyers who pay the additional $3,000 for the Hemi will also get a low profile rear spoiler and unique side sills. Chrysler expects that the 2015 300S will account for about 35% of the product mix while drawing in the youngest buyers.
The 2015 Chrysler 300C also builds on the 300 Limited, adding standard 18 inch polished wheels, chrome mirror caps, a dual pane panoramic sunroof, the higher end 8.4 inch infotainment system, an Alpine premium audio system, heated and cooled (front only) Nappa leather seats, 360 degree heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and other features. Even with this long list of standard luxury features, the 2015 300C starts at just $38,890, and the company expects this package to account for abut 15% of sales.
Finally, we have the 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum. This is a premium luxury package whose standard features rival the best from across the pond, building on the 300C and adding Platinum Chrome exterior appointments, a uniquely tuned suspension, 20 inch polished aluminum wheels, Sport mode, paddle shifters, quilted Nappa leather seats, a leather instrument panel, French accent stitching, natural pore wood interior trim, and either black or Indigo/Linen throughout the cabin.
The 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum starts at $43,390, and given the premium pricing (and sales of the prior Luxury and Varvatos editions), the company expects this top of the line package to account for roughly 5% of sales.
The 2014 Chrysler 300 was a “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). For 2015, the Chrysler 300 adds (these are described in our 2015 Chrysler 200 review):
Options including ultrasonic, radar, and cameras provide nearly 360° awareness and sometimes dictate course corrections. Continuing from prior years are:
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