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Driven: 2015 Chrysler 300S, 300C

by Bill Cawthon on

Two Allpar reporters, Bill Cawthon and Patrick Rall, were invited to test drive the latest Chrysler 300 in the Texas Hill Country. Mr. Cawthon chose a 300C with all wheel drive and the V6; Mr. Rall chose a 300S with rear wheel drive. Both reviews have now been posted to 300S300C.

The changes for 2015 are evolutionary, except for the mating of the eight-speed transmission with the 5.7-liter V-8. The transmission that has made the 300S with the Pentastar V-6 such a pleasure to drive will finally be available to those who want a Hemi under the hood.

The base price of the 300 Limited remains at around $32,000 plus destination charges, which is the average price for a new vehicle transaction, according to the experts at

For a brand that is targeted at mainstream buyers, the flagship 300C still has upscale credibility, especially with new Platinum trim line with real wood accents, Nappa leather seats, and a Poltrona Frau leather-wrapped steering wheel. Prices for the 300C Platinum start at about $43,400. (Full pricing).

Mr. Cawthon and Mr. Rall both agreed that the 300 was a pleasure to drive, and Mr. Cawthon noted that Chrysler and Dodge have a surprisingly large share of the American large car market.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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