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Did you know that only 1,725 Chrysler 300s were made for its original model year of 1955? And now over a million models have been sold from 2005 to the present.

If you're considering buying a Chrysler, you know about their almost century-long dedication to innovating the car industry. But with so many options for luxury sedans, it can be hard to choose the right one for you. 

If you're stuck in the Chrysler 300 vs 300c internal debate, here are some of the key differences between them and how to choose the model that's best for you. 

Power and Handling

Chrysler's known for their powerful engines, and that certainly applies to the 300 models. The 2022 300 base trim, also known as the 300 Touring, is packed with a 3.6L V6 that makes up to 292 horsepower, paired with an 8-speed auto transmission.

You'll get around 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for the AWD version. The RWD version gets 19 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, which is more than respectable for being a bit on the heavy side.

Chrysler didn't stop there. You can make good use of the power behind the engine with the four-wheel independent suspension and all-speed traction control. With either the rear or all-wheel drive options, you get electric power steering. Whatever the task, you'll have the speed and handling to tackle it. 

The 300c was discontinued following the 2020 model year but it went out with a bang. It has the classic 363 horsepower 5.7 HEMI V8 engine that includes a sport mode, brakes tuned for performance and handling, and the independent suspension from the touring trim. More power doesn't mean sacrificing any gas mileage, as this gets the same 19 city and 30 highway as the RWD 300. 

Features & Styling

While most car manufacturers skimp out on premium specs in their base trims, that isn't true for Chrysler. The 300 comes with plenty of great features both inside and out. It's stocked with power-adjustable, heated exterior mirrors, a ParkView rear backup camera, and keyless entry. 

After buying a Chrysler 300, there's no need to fumble with keys, worry about icy mirrors, or have limited visibility while reversing. It also offers a comfortable ride with cloth seating, and it's roomy with solid head and legroom for both rows. 

The top-of-the-line 300c is outfitted with Nappa leather seats and door panels and natural pore wood sanded by hand. No matter the weather, you'll travel in comfort with heated and ventilated front and rear seats, and a leather-wrapped, power-adjustable steering wheel. 

Luxury doesn't have to mean little storage space. You can pack a lot in the 16.3 cubic foot trunk in both cars. And the folding rear 60/40 seating leaves the option for more space to put your belongings if necessary.

Optional Packages

You'll have the option of adding on the Interior Appearance Group and/or Sport Appearance packages for the 300 base trim. The former adds a premium black carpet cargo mat and premium floor mats, bright door sills, and bright pedals for $475. 

The SAP takes the trim to the next visual level with 20-inch by 8-inch black noise aluminum wheels, black headlamp bezels and LED tail lamps, and 245/25R20 BSW All-Season Performance tires, among other upgrades.

Electronics and Audio

Chrysler knows people rely on their electronics. So they outfitted the base 300's full center console with a 12-volt power outlet. Plus a media hub that houses 2 main USB ports, an aux cable, and charge-only USB ports for those in the rear.

With an 8.4-inch center display connected to Chrysler's UConnect, you'll have access to an elect-in navigation system, 4G LTE, SiriusXM, and both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. 

The audio system is a standard 6-speaker for the 300 basic but can be upgraded to an Alpine premium 9-speaker coupled with a trunk-mounted subwoofer. Music lovers are in luck with the 300c, as it comes with a Harmon/Kardon nineteen-speaker stereo system.

Safety & Reliability

As much as you need to consider the gas mileage, comfort, and interior space, two top concerns should be the safety and reliability of the vehicle. Both the 300 and 300c have standard and optional add-on packages to improve the safety of the car.

The base 2022 300 comes standard with anti-lock brakes, brake assist, and electronic stability control with anti-roll. There's an overhead airbag between the rows as well as adjustable height seatbelts and seatbelt pre-tensioners in the front. 

The 2020 300c similarly has electronic stability control, as well as rear cross-path detection, and a blind spot monitoring system. It also comes with an advanced airbag system with front, curtain, knee, and side-mounted airbags. With adaptive cruise control, the 300c can detect cars in front and keep a proper following distance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS)'s ratings apply to both the 2020 300c and 2022 300. They received the highest rating of 'Good' in the side, roof strength, head restraints and seats, and moderate overlap front tests. The vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system was rated 'superior,' although the system is only included in the SafetyTec package.

Regarding reliability, Chrysler has continually updated its models and there are few complaints to be had about either. With a warranty from an authorized dealer, you won't have to worry about that check engine light turning on or paying a hefty price if it does.

The Price of a Chrysler 300 vs 300c

They may suggest a prohibitively high price tag sporting high-tech gear, comfortable seating, and quality performance, but these cars are still affordable. With an MSRP starting at only $31,085 for the 300, it's a great option for many prospective car buyers. The 300c's MSRP was $43,490, but most buying a used 300c are paying around $38,770.

Get a New Chrysler 300 Today

Whether you'll be driving on long weekend trips or just to work and back, you'll find plenty to be happy about with either one of these cars. Both trims are safe and reliable, but only one can come out on top in your decision about the Chrysler 300 vs 300c.

Whichever fits your needs best, find your new Chrysler here at McKinney Dodge in Easley, SC. We're dedicated to our customers and our straightforward buying process make us a great dealership to get your new car. 

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