It's the automotive holy grail for parents: A non-minivan that fits three child-safety seats across the backseat, and the 2013 Chrysler 300 does just that. This unicorn of a sedan also is cool-looking and fun to drive.
My test 300 base model with rear-wheel drive had a capable 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 292 horsepower. We took the mighty sedan up to the mountains for the day, and even with a filled-to-the-brim car, it handled the uphill ride effortlessly. The Chrysler 300 gets an EPA estimated 19/31/23 mpg city/highway/combined. I averaged 22.2 mpg during my weeklong test drive in the 300.
The Chrysler 300S, a higher trim level than my test car, finished in second place behind the winning 2014 Chevrolet Impala in this year's $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge.