Drivetrain: The 292-horsepower V6 (300 in the 300 S) and 370-horse “Hemi” V8 are back; all engines come with the eight-speed automatic transmission; AWD available for all.
Sad to say, but if you want a full-size sport sedan from Chrysler, you’ll have to go next door to the Dodge dealership for a 700-plus horsepower Hellcat or a car with the 470-horse 6.4-liter V8. There are no SRT versions of the Chrysler 300. To make life easier in its absence, the performance-flavored S model, when paired with the existing Hemi V8, has sportier suspension tuning and new wheels with summer performance tires available. All other powertrains carry over, meaning the 292-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 that’s bumped to a flat 300 in the stylish “S”. And for extra thrust, the optional 370-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 returns to save gas by running on only four of its eight cylinders under light load conditions. Models using the V6 or 5.7 V8 can be ordered with available all-wheel-drive that uncouples the front axle when it’s not needed, reducing drag on the engine. The lineup for 2016 is comprised of the base 300 Limited and 300 S, as well as the 300 C. Other than the base Limited model, every trim level can be had with either the V6 or optionally the 5.7 V8. Also, since 2016 is Chrysler’s 90th anniversary, a special option package adds larger 8.4-inch “Uconnect” screen with navigation, a dual-pane sunroof and badges spread through the cabin. Also new this year is a SafetyTec Plus package with full-speed forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control with full-stop function, lane-departure warning with lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross path detection and more.