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Difference between 300, 300S & 300C?

not including price can anyone tell me the differences between a 300, 300s or 300c and why I'd want to pick one over the other? I was planning to go with the standard 300 AWD with a GPS, to keep my costs down.. What's special about the S or C that makes em pricier?
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Sorry to open ended of a question for me.

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The 300 is the base model V6 with different interior / electrical package upgrades available.

The 300S has an upscale interior and wheels and is available in both the 3.6L V6 Pentastar engine or 5.7L V8 HEMI engine

The 300C has the 5.7L V8 HEMI engine and is available with different interiors & wheels including the John Varvatos Collection

The 300 SRT8 has the 470 Horsepower 6.4L HEMI V8 and the SRT interior, wheels, and electronics.
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If I we're answering that question to someone that only had a few minutes and didn't know much about cars (I am imagining my mom.. lol) would answer it like this:

(I would first say that NONE of them come with options like a sunroof, the lighting package or the safety tech package.. I would research those three options and realize you can add them to any version of the car)

300 is the base model. If you are looking for the best value a don't need or expect anything fancy in a car this would be the one to first look at. I think leather is standard now even on the base model but double check.

300S is the "cool look" version with a more aggressive styling and hip set of options like a more aggressive sounding engine and blacked out headlights. If you wanted a car with cooler, hip styling this would be the car to look at.

300C is the "standard deluxe" version with a lot of extra things included (and it USED TO BE the one that included the BIG V8 engine but can be purchased with a v6 now). If you were wanting more of a luxury sedan and were open to paying for one this would be where to look.

300C LUXURY is the "super deluxe" version with a few upgraded interior and exterior details. If you wanted the most luxurious 300C you could get and were more interested in luxury than performance this would be the one to look at.

300C SRT8 is the highest performance model -- this is the one if you want a big muscle sports car. It ONLY comes with a big giant V8 engine and would be the car you would want if you were to want to take your car out to a race track on the weekends or REALLY race around on the streets. If the most important thing to you was a super high performance car and you were willing to a pay a premium this is the version to look at.

Hope at helps! Good luck with your research. This forum is a great resource to answer questions of clarify confusion.. Don't hesitate to ask even what you think are dumb questions..

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Thanks .. I don't really know a whole lot about cars

I guess I should stick with the base 300 and just add the AWD and GPS like I was planning on. I test drove a 300S and it was great, but I don't know if I need the extra bling. C and above will be out of my price range. I'm hoping to keep it at or slightly above $35k with some negotiating.

Currently I'm in a 2010 Ford escape, before that was a Jeep wrangler, but I'm getting old now and I just want comfort. Thanks to my side biz, once or twice a year I'm going to be making a long trip to conventions about 650 miles away, so what I'm really looking for the most is something really comfortable for those long 10 hour drives. Along with AWD for the occasional snow day and a GPS since I never ask for directions.
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300S is best balance IMO
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Wow, I did not know that the C came with a V6. But I just built one on Chrysler site. Good info, might want to go lift my hood to make sure.
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Necros,

Best of luck with your research and purchase. They really upgraded the standard 300 model in 2013 so it's a great time to make a purchase.

I would DEFINITELY think twice about getting a "great deal" on a 2012 because in addition to upgrading the standard features on the new 2013s You also can get (for the first time) all-wheel-drive on a 300. Previous years this option was not available on the entry-level. While the price of the standard 301 up a bit (a little over $2000) now it comes standard with the really nice V-6 engine and with not just leather seats but heated leather seats. A nice feature if its cold enough that you are needing all wheel drive. :-)

As for choosing between a model if you are looking for something a little more conservative I think it's very reasonable to determine the 300S isn't quite the car for you. However, my Dad ended up getting a very, very good deal on a 2012 300C with the sticker at $45k and the final negotiated price coming in just above $36k. Obviously with taxes and registration and all of the fees it comes in well above $36k but there is quite a bit of negotiation room there and you end up with an absolutely amazing car for the price. But you are trying to get out the door for around $36k you will get a great value (and a great car!) if you stick with the 300.

If you like white give the pearl white a look. It's a $500 option but a gorgeous color and looks great with a light interior.


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Wow, I did not know that the C came with a V6. But I just built one on Chrysler site. Good info, might want to go lift my hood to make sure.
Yeah. That was a big change this year and a lot of hard-core 300 C drivers don't like the fact that thier 300C badge is no longer synonymous with a big HEMI. I can see where they are coming from but the V-6 pentastar engine is SUCH a great engine it's hard to think Chrysler should not make it at least an option.


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300S is best balance IMO
I'll second that!
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