2021 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - Large Cars

Large cars are a rapidly diminishing market segment as the larger midsize cars offer enough comfort and luxuries to buyers that they see little reason to spend more money. In addition, those who really must spend more money generally seek a luxury badge, even if the actual car is from the junior lineup (like the A-Class and CLA from Mercedes-Benz) of a prestige brand.  

With the rapidly aging Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger due to expire, 2021 may be the last year for this section. 

Chrysler 300 Dodge Charger     

2021 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger




What’s new
300: For its 11th year since its last makover, the 300 lineup is reduced to Touring, Touring L and S trims. Rear parking sonar, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors are standard on the Touring L and S trims. Charger: The SRT Hellcat Redeye, powered by a 797 ch 6,2 L, supercharged V8, is new for 2021.

The 3.6L V6 creates ample power and works smoothly in conjunction with the responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. The powerful V8 is quicker than the V6 but is totally unnecessary. Astonishing handling for such a massive car. Smooth, absorbent ride. Impressive refinement. Nicely weighted and geared steering. Comfortable seats and lots of space, front and rear. Logical controls, with the dash touch screen being particularly logical and easy to work with. The trunk is smaller than expected from a car of this size.  

The 6.4L V8 SRT8 and supercharged 6.2L Hellcat models are exclusive to the Dodge. An eight-speed automatic is standard on all models, All-wheel drive, which defaults to rear-wheel drive unless slip is detected, is available with the V6 only.  

300 : all-wheel drive, offered only with the V6 engine, is a $2500 option. Moving from the Touring to the Touring L adds Nappa leather seating, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, front parking sensors and a power front passenger seat, and is a bargain. The S trim adds sport-themed trim and sports seats at a reasonable price. Rear-wheel drive fans can add the 5,7 L-V8 on the S for $3450. The Safety Tech option, $1495 on the Touring L and $1195 on the S, adds adaptive cruise control with full stop capability, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and a lane-keeping system. Rapid depreciation, up to 30 percent in the first year alone is common. Buying one of these cars used can be a good deal. Charger: all-wheel drive costs $3200 on the GT and $5400 on the SXT, which can be explained by the additional equipment standard on the all-wheel drive SXT. The $2695 SXT Plus package, which adds Nappa leather seating, heated front seats front and rear, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings and a plethora of other comfort and convenience items, is a bargain. Moving from the SXT to the GT adds a few minor features but is significantly overpriced, but the GT Plus package results in a comprehensively equipped car and is a great value. Migrating from the GT to the R/T adds the 5,7 L-V8 and not much else, for $2900. The 115 extra horsepower of the 6.4 L Scat Pack over the 5.7 L R/T costs $9200. The Hellcat Redeye Wide body costs nearly $110,000, but buyers, or more likely collectors, don't care. The $1895 Technology package on the SXT Plus, GT Plus and Scat Pack models adds adaptive cruise control with full stop, forward collision and lane departure warnings, autonomous emergency braking and a lane keeping system.

Average to above average reliability predicted. These cars are the most reliable vehicles built by FCA. 



Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

3.6L-V6 (292 HP, 300 HP)*, 5.7L-V8 (370 HP), 6.4L-V8 (SRT 485 HP Charger only), 6.2L-V8 S (707 HP Charger Hellcat) 

Transmissions: 8A* 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  12.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.7L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Optional forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings, a lane keep assist system and an adaptive cruise control system with stop and go
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000 (SRT, Hellcat only 3/60,000)
Current Generation Debut:  2011
Country of Origin:  Canada

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: M

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: NR

Head/Seat: G

Headlight: P


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