Photography and video by ©2015 Toni Avery
It isn’t an easy task to combine modern and classic design elements with some of the best technology in the industry and a muscle car worthy V8 engine into a package that consumers will want to drive. The 2015 Chrysler 300S offers all that and more.
This 300S is equipped with the optional 5.7 L HEMI V8 engine producing 363 HP and 392 lb-ft of torque mated to a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. Standard with the HEMI engine option are Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Performance Brakes. This engine also features Fuel Saver Technology. This is where typically at highway cruising speeds, the engine automatically deactivates four of the eight cylinders for improved efficiency.
The optional HEMI V8 definitely adds some much-needed torque for a vehicle this size compared to the standard 3.6 L V6 that produces 264 lb-ft. I not only enjoyed hearing the occasional grunt of the V8 engine, but pushing the Sport button brought the car even more to life with increased accelerator pedal response and when using the paddles, shifts are quicker and more engaging. Even when using Sport mode for most of my week with the car I maintained relatively good gas mileage only using about half a tank for maybe 200 miles driven, if that.
The Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist is something I’d like to have in every vehicle I drive. What this system does is it applies steering wheel torque feedback when it senses the driver veering into the next lane without signaling. This is helpful in nighttime driving conditions or for congested traffic driving.
Another feature seen on most new cars today is Adaptive Cruise Control. This system, unlike others I’ve used doesn’t seem to lose sight of vehicles traveling in front even during a curve in the road. It will also bring the vehicle to a complete stop if used in heavy traffic. To help make that full stop are Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Performance Brakes that come standard with the HEMI V8 engine option.
One of the best features inside this car was the Beats Audio system with 10 premium speakers including a Sub 552-Watt Amplifier. This has got to be hands down the best audio system I’ve heard. My music sounded like I was in the recording studio with the band. Everything was crisp and clear, it’s going to be hard to go back to my basic stereo!
Overall, the Uconnect system and features inside the 300S made for an incredibly enjoyable driving experience. The ride quality is very comfortable and you have just enough power available to use when you want it. Having all the technology equipped with this 300S made for a confident and luxurious driving experience.
The exterior of the 300S is finished in a Redline 3-coat Pearl paint that is just stunning in the sun. With the 300S’ standard blacked-out accents and 20-inch Aluminum Hyper Black Wheels, this is a car that speaks to a younger buyer.
Inside the 300S are leather trimmed heated front seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel and other fine materials throughout. From the large navigation screen to soft touch materials there was no hard plastic to be found. The inside of the 300S feels like a luxury car with an easier to swallow price tag.
I was overall very impressed with the 2015 Chrysler 300S. The comfortable ride quality, plethora of technology features and modern exterior design makes for an all around great car. Based on looks and tech alone, this would be a great choice as daily long distance driver.
GirlsDriveFastToo gives the 2015 Chrysler 300S an overall rating of (out of 5 total):