We drove a $50,000 Chrysler 300S sedan to see if it's worth the price. Here's our verdict.

Chrysler 300 S 2019

  • The Chrysler 300 is one of the most enduring nameplates in the automobile industry.
  • The current generation Chrysler 300 has been around since the 2011 model year.
  • The Chrysler 300 comes standard with a 292 horsepower version of FCA’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, and is available with a 363 horsepower, HEMI V8.
  • Our sport-tuned 300S came with a 300 horsepower version of the 3.6-liter V6.
  • We were impressed by our 300S test car’s plentiful power, strong infotainment system, and eye-catching looks. We were not as impressed by the less-than-inspiring driving experience and its cramped cabin.
  • The base 2019 Chrysler 300 Touring starts at $29,220 while our mid-grade 2019 Chrysler 300S with all-wheel-drive came had an as-tested price of $50,265

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Chrysler is one of the iconic brands of American business. Through thick and thin, the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based automaker has endured.

Following a 2014 merger with Italy’s Fiat SPA, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is as strong as ever. However, the Chrysler brand within FCA has withered in recent years.

For the 2019 model year, it boasts a lineup consisting of just two models — the 300 sedan and the Pacifica minivan.

The 300 is one of Chrysler’s most-enduring nameplates — dating back to the mid-1950s. The “300” branding was resurrected in 1998 after being dormant since the 1970s.

In 2003, Chrysler introduced the incarnation of the 300 sedan with which we are familiar today. The retro-chic full-size luxury sedan remained in production until 2010 when it was replaced with a second generation variant for the 2011 model year.

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Apart from a facelift in 2015, the second-generation 300 soldiers on for the 2019 model year.

Recently, Business Insider had the chance to spend a week with a 2019 Chrysler 300S AWD clad in an attractive Ocean Blue Metallic paint job.

The base 2019 Chrysler 300 Touring starts at $29,220. The mid-grade Touring L trim opens up at $32,865 while the sporty “S” trim has a $36,395 entry price. The more premium Limited and top-spec “C” trims boast $38,245 and $41,695 price tags, respectively. All-wheel-drive is available on select trim levels as a $2,500 option.

With options included our sport-focused 2019 Chrysler 300S with all-wheel-drive came to an as-tested price of $50,265.

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The Chrysler 300 nameplate dates all the way to the mid-1950s.

The current retro-chic 300 dates back to 2003. Some have even referred to the 300’s styling as a Bentley on a budget in reference to the British ultra-luxury brand.

A second-generation version debuted for the 2011 model year. It received a mild facelift in 2015 and continues in production today.

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