Looking for the biggest, baddest member of the Chrysler 300 lineup? Your search ends with the C trim level. The C uses a powerful 5.7-liter, 340-hp V8 HEMI engine with five-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration from 0-60 mph takes about 6.3 seconds, and you still get improved steering and braking over the lower-level trims. You also get plenty of interior room, a smooth ride, and excellent overall value for a large sedan. However, expect to get a little lower mpg with the high-power V8 engine.
As the highest priced trim in the Chrysler 300 lineup, the C AWD houses a powerful 5.7-liter, 340-hp V8 HEMI engine with a five-speed automatic transmission. The C AWD offers better control and handling than the RWD version, but doesn't have the same quickness. The V8 engine in the C trim level makes a little more noise than the V6 in the other trims, but you can put up with it for the extra power you get. Otherwise, drivers like this trim's overall comfort, ample passenger room, and responsive handling. This trim rides smoothly and offers terrific value for its class.
As the base-level vehicle in the 300 lineup, the LX gives you a simple 2.7-liter, 178-hp V6 with a four-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, its low power translates into an almost molasses-like 11 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph. But if you don't plan to race anyone on the highway anytime soon, the LX does just fine.
Drivers like its ride quality, decent handling, and relatively quiet engine. You also get plenty of interior room, and passengers will feel comfortable. The trunk could use a little extra room, but large-car enthusiasts will get a decent overall value with the 300 LX.
Take one step up from the Touring trim level, and you get the Limited. This higher-level trim gives you the same 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6 engine, but with a four-speed automatic transmission. The biggest difference from the Touring comes in the Limited's 18-inch chrome wheels and enhanced suspension. Otherwise, the trims generally mirror each other in looks and performance. Drivers like the roomy interior, quiet engine, smooth handling, and relatively comfortable ride. As with the other trims, trunk space could use some expansion to accommodate your belongings for long road trips or extra-productive trips to the mall or grocery store.
Like the Limited, the Limited AWD represents one step up from the Touring trim level. Look for better control and handling with the Limited AWD, but less quickness than the Limited. This trim features a 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6 engine with five-speed automatic transmission, as opposed to the four-speed auto in the RWD version. The Limited AWD gives you good interior room, decent fuel economy, solid performance, and a quiet engine. You also get responsive handling and a smooth ride. If you want a trim that provides a little extra bling and style, the Limited AWD will gladly oblige.
One step up from the LX gets you to the Touring, with a 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6 and four-speed automatic transmission. Thankfully, acceleration comes out better than the slower LX's, and the engine runs a little more quietly. The Touring guzzles gas at about the same rate as the LX and also offers similar steering, handling, and comfort. When it comes to overall price for the features offered, the Touring gets very high marks. Overall, this trim makes it hard to leave the higher hp and feature set than the base LX's on the table.
The Touring AWD pretty much matches the Touring feature for feature, only with a five-speed instead of a four-speed automatic transmission. This trim features a 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6 engine and reasonably good acceleration for its class. The Touring AWD provides a comfortable ride, solid performance, decent gas mileage, and a relatively quiet engine. However, as with the other trims, it could use more room in the trunk. Regardless, the critics give the Touring AWD the highest acclaim for overall value in its class, so it wouldn't hurt to at least consider spending a little extra for an upgrade to the base LX.