2013 Chrysler 300: What's Changed

2013 Chrysler 300
  • Most significant changes: Leather upholstery and heated front seats are now standard 
  • Price change: $1,245 more 
  • On sale: Next month 
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? Unless you can get a really good deal on a 2012, there’s much more value waiting in the 2013 model

For the 2013 model year, the Chrysler 300 gets a significant increase in luxury features and now offers all-wheel drive across the whole trim range.

On the 300, cloth upholstery is now a thing of the past; all models now come standard with genuine leather. Heated front seats are also newly standard. And for the first time, the 300C is now available with Chrysler’s Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 alongside the Hemi V-8, blurring the distinction between the two.

The 300 is available in base 300, 300S, 300C and 300C Luxury Series trims. For 2013, the Limited trim has been dropped, as most of its features have either gone to the base 300 or the V-6 300C. Although the lowest trim costs $1,245 more, most other trims see significant price reductions, making the 300 more attractive when cross-shopped against the 2012 Hyundai Genesis or the 2013 Buick LaCrosse. The Hyundai costs $4,000 more and isn’t as well-equipped, and the LaCrosse is similarly priced to the Chrysler but lacking in the features department.

2013 Chrysler 300
The new 300 starts at $30,840, including a $995 destination fee. All-wheel drive is a pricey $2,350 option, but it comes with larger wheels. Along with standard leather and heated seats, an 8.4-inch touch-screen with Chrysler’s UConnect and Bluetooth audio streaming is again standard.

The V-6-equipped 300S now comes standard with a cold-induction system that gives the 3.6-liter V-6 eight more horsepower (300 hp total) over the regular 300. The 300S also gets a new sport-tuned exhaust system, a Sport mode added to its eight-speed automatic transmission and exclusive leather upholstery color options, such as Radar Red. The 300S costs $605 less than it did last year, and it starts at $33,990.

Big changes also come to the 300C, which now comes standard with the 292-hp V-6 found on the regular 300. It can achieve 19/31 mpg city/highway. The V-6 300C model starts $2,605 less than the 2012 300C. A Hemi V-8 is still available for an extra $2,000, meaning even a V-8 300C is more affordable than it was last year.  

A new special-edition Chrysler 300 Glacier model will also be available. It has the same equipment found on the 300S or 300S V-8, but it can only be equipped with all-wheel drive. It will be marketed to Snow Belt states as a winter-chic model.

Production of the 2013 Chrysler 300 has already started, and the model should start arriving at dealerships in the coming months.


2013 Chrysler 300 Pricing (2012 Pricing)
300: $30,840 ($29,595)
300 Limited: Discontinued ($33,595)
300S: $33,990 ($34,595)
300C: $36,990 ($39,595)
300C Limited: $40,990 ($43,095)


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Comments 

audi

why offer a 300c v6? why offer a 300? Or maybe they are eventually gonna kill some models and this the first step.

Allistar Evans

why would you want to eliminate this model? It is luxurious and certainly prestigious. This car contains a certain stigma that implies tasteful choice. Besides, get rid of the measly v6 and only offer the higher output hemi v8 in the SRT form. With all that weight, why would anyone choose a v6?

WTF

Confusing.

Card13

I've driven the V6 and I would call it quick, but it's plenty powerful enough for daily driving. I think the improved gas mileage and lower price of the Pentastar are more than enough to sway most people. Now that you can get the features of C with a V6 or V8, it's a win-win for consumers.

Jason

I just rented a brand new base 2013 300 and I must say I was blown away! It is a big car for me, being used to my smaller, faster, and more nimble 2010 Infinity G37 sedan. However, I was very impressed with this car's build quality, fuel economy, and performance.

I can barely get 26mpg on the highway and 21mpg average between city highway in the 328hp V6 G37, but I got a solid 30mpg highway and 24.6mpg overall average city/hwy combined with this car. OUTSTANDING!

I knew that new Pentastar V6 was going to be the bomb and a great engine even for the Ram truck for those not needed to tow 5,000+ lbs. WOW am I impressed! My last SUV was a 1999 Dodge Durango with the 5.2 V8 and it was a terrible, TERRIBLE SUV. Worst above $30k vehicle purchase ever made in my life. Welcome back Chrysler! I seriously may return to Dodge for a truck or SUV just based on this rental experience with the new 300.

Joel

I bought the '12 300Limited with the V6..great car..awesome features..much more than my prior Caddys..the 8 speed takes some getting used to..shifts a lot..but I do over 100 miles a day and I love buying regular gas and getting 25+ mpg average. Customer service beats GM by a mile.

Joel

Bought a '12 300Limited with the V6..awesome car...got a few option packages..incl 20" wheels..better car than prior Caddy..8 speed takes some getting used to..shifts a lot..but runs on reg gas and does 25+ mpg..better customer service than GM.

John

I recently drove the 200 V-6 and loved it. Also rented the 'low end' Dodge Avenger 4, and got super great mileage and didn't notice the performance, unless really punching it. I am still shopping. The 300 sounds like a luxury performance bargain.

Sam

I have a 2013 300S with the red leather interior, sunroof, nav, and tech package. The car is a full-size luxury car with surprisingly good handling. Don't bother with the cost of the hemi V-8. The V-6 has 300 horsepower (plenty of power) and with the 8-speed tranny I get 31 mpg on the highway. I've got the rear wheel drive version. You can't beat that for full-size luxury. The Beats by Dre sound system is awesome and it has THE best and biggest touch screen in the industry, hands down. I don't regret this purchase for a second.

tank

I have a 300c hemi. I test drove the v6 and it didnt have enough to manouvre in traffic. also.. You got 30mpg in the v6? Well guess what.. Thats what i get with my hemi.

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mjb

I just bought a 2013 300s, It is a luxury vehicle beyond imagination. I walk up to the car touch the door handle and it unlocks, starts with the touch of button. Great HID headlights just like a mercedes but at half the cost. Great speed out of a V-6 I am totally satisfied with this car. 20 inch tires make this car handle great in the corners Floor it you get into traffic easily without worry. Good job chrysler.

TaylorB

I bought a 2013 300s v6. Can't complain! It suits all of my needs and I love the touch screen!

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