2013 Chrysler 300S Long-Term Update 2
With nearly 15,000 miles on the odometer, our 2013 Chrysler 300S has been thoroughly broken in and every potential annoyance has been discovered. I've grown used to all but one of them, and that is the shifter.
The vaguely T-shaped electronic unit has an incessant tendency to go either too far or not far enough to select the desired gear, typically ending up in N instead of D, and R instead of P. It looks good, but nothing would be lost if it were replaced with the 2013 Ram 1500's slick rotary shifter as part of the 300's (and Dodge Charger's) mid-cycle refresh.
Some issue can be taken with the transmission as well. In Regular mode, it needs a little too much time to kick down after the throttle is given a good stab. Switching to Sport mode considerably increases responsiveness, but the trade-off is overly aggressive throttle tip-in. I find myself switching back and forth between the two quite frequently based on traffic conditions. Most owners, however, will be fine leaving it in Regular mode pretty much constantly.
Those items aside, I continue to enjoy the 300 both as a daily driver and as a weekend cruiser. Technical director Kim Reynolds disagreed, however, after spending a weekend of his own behind the 300's wheel. He found the suspension to be too stiff for a car in this class and the seats not supportive enough. I can see where he's coming from since you do basically sit on, rather than in, the "sport" seats, and the ride could be softer and smoother, but those are both trade-offs I'm willing to make for having the Beats by Dre audio system and blacked-out accents instead of chrome.
Because I don't have a family, I don't have much need for the rear seats, so I can't echo any of the sentiment about the cramped space back there that surfaced during our recent full-size sedan Big Test, but I can certainly echo the sentiment about the undersized trunk. For a car this size, 16.3 cubic feet is too small and the load floor is a bit too high, limiting the usability of the rear-seat pass-through. A few months ago, I was unable to fit a roughly 6-inch-thick cabinet because said rear seats do not fold even remotely flat. If I were to take up surfing, I'd probably need to get a roof rack.
Next update, I'll go over how well the Bluetooth integration works and just how great of a gimmick feature the heated and cooled cupholders are. Stay tuned!
|Service life||7 mo/14,410 mi|
|Average fuel economy||21.4 mpg|
|CO2 emissions||0.91 lb/mi|
|Energy consumption||157 kW-hr/100 mi|
|Maintenance cost||$93.22 (oil change, rotate tires, inspection)|