The 2006 Chrysler 300 just keeps getting better since the car first made its debut way back to the 1950s. Now, better than ever, the 300 comes with a more powerful V-6, refined road manners, and excellent quality interior features. The exterior design looks truly unique and resembles the old gangster cars of the 1930s, which gives the Chrysler 300 the appeal of retro-styling that generations young and old admire.
Until 2005, the Chrysler 300 primarily used front-drive, but the versions created after that year have rear drive with an optional stability control for driving on ice and snow. Chrysler also offers all-wheel drive on the 2006 models, along with several trim levels for choosing the specific performance and style levels that drivers prefer.
The Base, Touring, 300 C, and SRT8 share many standard features in design and safety. The famous hemispherical-head engine called a Hemi, incorporates into the 2006 300 SRT8 with an increased displacement of 6.1 liters and 425 horsepower. The 300 uses street racing technology that proves as sufficient as the Hemi found in NASCAR automobiles.
Body Styles: Sedan
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-8, 6.1-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: 300 Base, 300 Touring, 300 C, 300 SRT8
The Chrysler 300 shows no significant changes for 2006 from its previous 2005 model.
The exterior of the 2006 Chrysler 300 is enhanced with many features, including the bold hood and long grille that make the design unique. All of the models have wheel covers and theft-deterrent systems installed, with 17-inch wheels on the base model. Touring models add 17-inch alloy wheels, heated power mirrors, and foglights, whereas the 300 C has chrome alloy wheels, dual exhaust, and touring suspension. The higher-performance model SRT8 features 20-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, performance suspension, and xenon headlights that have washers included. Additional packages spruce up the exterior of the Chrysler 300 if desired.
The interior has a luxurious look and feel with many standard features such as the power driver’s seat with eight-way functionality, cloth upholstery, air-conditioning, cruise control, a center console, front bucket seats, power steering, and driver-seat lumbar adjustment on all of the models. Power locks, windows, and doors are also standard, along with illuminated visor mirrors and a map light. The Touring edition adds leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Opting for the 300C adds heated front seats, audio controls on the power steering wheel, a trip computer, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic headlights. The upper trim level SRT8 includes power-adjustable pedals that have a memory function and upgraded interior upholstery.
The stereo systems vary between models from a CD player and AM/FM system to the Boston Acoustics system that has a six-disc changer for CDs and DVDs. The seating in the 300 remains reasonably comfortable and supportive with abundant rear legroom. The materials seem sturdy and the upgraded leather and suede upholstery adds an elegant touch to the interior of the Chrysler 300.
Performance & Handling
A 2.7-liter V-6 powers the base model 2006 Chrysler 300 and a 3.5-liter V-6 powers the Touring level. These two come equipped with an automatic four-speed transmission, unless the Touring model uses all-wheel drive. Otherwise, the automatic five-speed with manual shifting functions marks the standard. All-wheel drive can be chosen for 300C and Touring models.
The higher levels of SRT8 and 300C contain the Hemi V-8 and can produce 425 hp and 340 hp respectively. The Multi-Displacement System comes with the 340-hp engine that lets the driver save fuel by shutting off half of the cylinders when cruising.
The drive is just as impressive as the mechanical aspects under the hood of the Chrysler 300. Steering and maneuvering feels confident, substantial, and solid with power that could even take on mountainous terrain adequately. The V-6 remains extremely quiet, and it gives the driver a sensation of sportiness without any road noise.
The Chrysler 300 base includes standard safety features, such as anti-lock brakes and dual front airbags, while the Touring model adds brake assist, a tire-pressure monitor, and an antiskid system. The next upgrade in safety comes with the system for rear-detection of obstacles and upgraded brakes on the SRT8. Chrysler also offers optional traction control and stability control for added safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
300 Base: 18/26 mpg city/highway
300 Touring: 17/24 mpg city/highway
300 C: 15/23 mpg city/highway
300 SR8: 13/18 mpg city/highway
- Chiseled good looks
- Plenty of performance and luxury for the price
- Powerful V-8 engine on 300C models
- A lot of good safety features
You Won't Like
- Sluggish acceleration on base V-6
- Visibility problems for shorter drivers
- Limited transmission choices
V-8 power in an affordable and practical upscale sedan.
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