Chrysler’s inadvertently built a self-driving car before anyone else. This year’s 2021 Chrysler 300 has bones that date back 16 model years, which means the full-size sedan can apply for its own driver’s license in most states.
We’ve now been handed a note from our legal department to say: No, the 2021 Chrysler 300 cannot drive itself—only that it’s one of the “oldest” new cars on sale today. Hashtag, funcrushers.
It earns a 5.5 TCC Rating thanks to its comfortable interior and good looks.
This year, Chrysler pared its 300 lineup back to just three trim levels: Touring, Touring L, and 300S. Top trims are gone, but what’s left is mostly good.
That’s due to a shape that’s better with age. Unlike khaki-colored cargos, the 300’s subtle looks have endured since the mid-2000s. The cabin punches up with rounded corners and uptown materials.
Most 300s are powered by a competent 292-horsepower V-6 mated to an 8-speed automatic and rear- or all-wheel drive. A 5.7-liter V-8 is available and likely one of the last of its kind. A talented 8-speed automatic handles shifting duties in all of the above but won’t keep it fuel-efficient among newer, hybrid full-sizers like the Toyota Avalon.
The 300 is tuned for ease and polite road manners. It’s a soft cruiser, not a corner bruiser—we’re fine with that.
Inside the 300, the front seats are palatial, and the back seats are…fine. The 300 offers interior storage and trunk space like a champ, but the rear seats are pretty JV despite good leg room.
Safety scores have passed by the 300, but active safety features are available for a price.
The base 300 Touring gets mostly good gear including an 8.4-inch touchscreen and smartphone software. Step up to the Touring L or 300S and Chrysler offers active safety features, leather seats, wheels up to 20 inches across, and a softer or harder suspension—but still a pedestrian warranty, if you’re into that.