The Chrysler 300 is a full-size executive sedan first introduced in 2005 and currently still in production, with the 2012 models marking the first of the second generation. The first generation models were in production for the 2005 to 2011 model years and were primarily available in the large sedan model, but limited corvette models have been available along with four-door station wagon models in Europe, Australia, and Latin America. The Chrysler 300 is easily recognized. Primarily, it is known for its unique and high-quality styling.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6, 2.7-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-8, 6.1-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive, five-speed automatic with overdriven and auto-manual
Models: Chrysler 300 Base, Chrysler 300 Touring, Chrysler 300 C, Chrysler 300 STR-8
The 2007 models are available in a variety of new colors. The wheels are redesigned from previous models and adaptive cruise control and SmartBeam headlights are now available. An extended version with a longer back seat is also available as the 300M models. A DVD entertainment system for the back is also available. In general, the 2007 models receive a slight exterior redesign and some engine tweaks, along with additional or upgraded technologies.
The 2007 Chrysler 300 has a large and bold body with a 120-inch wheelbase. It has a distinctive and aggressive looking front end and an elegant but powerful looking grille. The tail-end is a bit stunted on the shorter versions and longer on the extended body styles. Wheels are either 17- or 18-inches and come in chrome with the limited and all-wheel-drive versions. The SmartBeam headlights automatically dim when it senses a vehicle approaching, and the cruise control can adapt to the speed of the vehicle in front of the driver. The 300 models use aluminum for the hood and the deck lid.
The 300’s inside is very roomy. The driver and passengers sit high in seats that offer good support, but may become uncomfortable on long trips due to cushioning that is a little on the hard side. The instruments have watch-like faces with chrome and silver trim. Limited packages add dual-zone climate control with infrared sensing. The longer models can be accessorized so the back doubles as an office with 12-volt plugs to charge smart phones, a writing table, and other conveniences. All models are available in a range of trims and different materials.
Performance & Handling
The Chrysler 300’s smaller 2.7-liter V-6 produces 190-hp with a four-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is moderate due to the vehicle’s weight. Acceleration on the 3.5-liter V-6 with 250-hp is improved. This one gets the five-speed automatic transmission. Both are quiet, except when being pushed for high-speed passing or up steep inclines. Handling is much better than the acceleration. The steering is easy and precise, with an almost sporty feel. Thanks to the Electronic Stability, the 300 handles very well on icy or wet roads. Though bulky good visibility makes parking and maneuvering in traffic a little easier.
Some of the safety features on the 2007 Chrysler 300 include anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability on some models, front airbags, and optional side curtain airbags. Despite limited safety features, the 300 scored well on safety tests, due mostly to a large and solid body, which offers natural protection for occupants.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler 300 Base: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Chrysler 300 Touring: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chrysler 300 C: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Chrysler 300 SRT-8: 13/18 mpg city/highway
- Smooth transmission
- Body style
- New color options
- Room interior
You Won't Like
- Winter and wet driving without stability system
- Front grab handles not available
A nice, good looking car, but often overshadowed by better-performing competitors.
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