An ace in the hole for Chrysler-Jeep, Dodge-Ram and Fiat. The receives changes that make it better than ever—even making it a close runner up for our 2012 Car of the Year award. The cupholders hide under a roll-away tambour; the center console hides a usefully deep well, and there's a nicely sized bin in the console ahead of the shifter. The 300's handling rises from controlled to truly sporty as you step up the performance ladder. The optional SafetyTec package groups several safety features together. Well, two months later the message came on again. The Chrysler 300S is a sportier 300, with 20-inch wheels and firmer suspension.
The anti-lock brake package with electronic brake-force distribution has everything you could ask for in terms of power, pedal modulation, and emergency capabilities, and is the largest component of a very complete safety package that includes traction control, stability control, and front, side, roof and driver knee air bags. You'll find plenty of places to hide things in the 300's cabin. In corners, the 300 is a tale of two suspensions: the more compliant base setup on V6 models is noticeably softer, while the 300C's firmer underpinnings imbue it with a surprising tenacity. A new, optional navigation system is the best we've ever seen, with a large, 8. When cruising, it comes up short in the refinement category.
It's quick and good bang for the buck. The 300's new four-spoke padded steering wheel has a nice, thick leather-wrapped rim and a thickly padded hub flanked by redundant switches for the voice-activated telephone, cruise control, sound system, and driver information center. If you like thick-rimmed steering wheels, you'll be happy to find in the new Chrysler 300 one of the world's thickest. There's a clunky factor here. If they were any thinner, they'd strike a distinctly Caddy note. The 05 was not built as well as the 12.
Dre audio technology — the best standard audio system period. Through corners, it displayed excellent agility for such a large car. The optional navigation system is really just cheesy Garmin software, so that's a bit of a letdown, but otherwise, this touchscreen is one of the best of its breed-at any price. The center stack is dominated by a large 8. The power and performance , and comfort.
DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. Currently, all V-8-equipped 300s are only available with a five-speed automatic. Chrysler has really stepped up their game in the last few years and it shows. Passenger comfort is paramount for the Chrysler 300, which offers generous legroom for both front and rear passengers, but the trade-off is a rather small trunk. The 300C adds on top of the Limited's standard equipment a V8 engine, automatic wipers, automatic high beams, a rearview camera, the larger infotainment interface, a navigation system with real-time traffic and the Limited's version of the Luxury Group. The Charger features the same 5.
But while all the prices are almost the same, driving a 300 is simply not the same thing as driving an A6. There's a lot of hoopla over Motor City's big comeback lately, and who would have imagined that Chrysler, under Fiat ownership, would be making the biggest noise among the three big domestic manufacturers. It looks like an upscale hot rod, but we're not sure it quite pulls it off. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. A package of safety technology on higher trim levels adds on lane-departure warnings, blind-spot monitors, a forward-collision warning system, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control. However, when riding on 20-inch wheels and clad in gloss black paint, the 2012 Chrysler 300 sedan still lets its tough persona shine through.
The 300S offers a different take on the 300's styling. While the extra 71 horses over the V6 and infectious sound get the headlines, it's the 134 lb-ft of added torque that shows up far more often. Bluetooth phone connectivity is optional. It's a bit disappointing given the otherwise healthy 292-horsepower rating. WheelSystemFilter selectedWheelSystemList, null ; wheelSystemFilter. Utah has a very liberal speed limit and I average 77 mph going up and back. Finally, a touch of chrome here and there works with the carbon fiber trim on the center console, along the door panels and across the dash for a nice blend of luxury and modern performance.
And for that reason we think the subdued 19-inch wheels are more fitting; 20-inch chrome wheels are still available and provide the bold note others will want. We highly recommend opting for it. The cabin has been quieted down considerably with the addition of an acoustic bellypan under the car, acoustic material in the wheel wells and pillars, laminated front glass, multiple door seals, and an acoustic wrap around the complete interior to block out noise from the mechanical systems, the wind and the tires. Purchased this 300C preowned with 15,000 miles, and added a 3 year bumper to bumper warranty with Technology package included. Happily, every 300 is treated to high-quality cabin materials and a refined yet high-tech cockpit, including an outstanding 8.
The 2012 Chrysler 300S V6 with rear-wheel drive impressed us with its responsive new transmission, high mileage and luxury appeal. A nice burble comes courtesy of the optional 5. While the rear seat technically seats three people the bucket-like rear bench design really only accommodates two people in the back. The power band is fantastic along with the flexibility of the auto-stick shifter. An eight-speed automatic transmission is now available with the V6 engine, which can also now be paired with all-wheel drive.