2019 Chrysler 300S V8: Uniquely Drivable

Published: Monday, July 29, 2019 | 9:53 PM

2019 Chrysler 300SFor a premium sedan, the 300S is uniquely drivable. Whether that is due to the rear wheel drive or the optional V8 engine is a toss up. The 300S delivers on the speed while the interior keeps its promise of a quiet and gentle ride. If you’ve got to drive LA’s bumpy roads and traffic-laden streets, that quiet, gentle ride is a blessing, but not at the loss of any of that V8′s power. I found the 300S to be an easy-to-drive car, that performed well under Los Angeles’ ever-changing traffic patterns.

The 300 comes in four trim levels: 300 Touring, 300S, 300 Limited and 300C. This review will focus on the 300S with the optional eight cylinder engine.

The 300S is the sportier of the line and comes with 20-inch wheels with performance tires, a sport-tuned suspension, heated and power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, LED foglights, remote start and transmission paddle shifters.

There are plenty of extras available like a sunroof, navigation, upgraded audio and all sorts of safety features, (my model had most of the extras).

2019 Chrysler 300S Alloy EditionMy model had the optional 5.7-liter V8, producing 363 horses and 394 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic with rear-wheel drive. Expect to get 16/city, 25/highway, and 19/combined mpg.

On the inside there’s plenty of room for everybody. Great interior materials and good seals make the cabin of the 300S a nice, quiet place to be. Since driving on a long trip in another car that was full of road noise I appreciate what that means. With the Uconnect infotainment system, all tech functions are a snap.

Cargo room is plentiful too with 16.3 cubic feet of trunk room and even more when the 60/40 split folding seats are deployed. Interior storage is also engaging with lots of cup and bottle storage in the center console and extra space in the bins below the armrests.

Chrysler has always excelled at powerful engines and the 300S is no exception. The car delivers on quick acceleration with the optional Hemi V8 (which was included on my model). Steering feels solid and takes corners pretty well for such a heavy car.

If you need seating comfortable seating for five and don’t want to go for a crossover, the 2019 Chrysler 300S is a great choice for room, power and comfort.