The 2009 Chrysler 300 is a four-door sedan that saved the reputation of Chrysler when it was introduced in 2005. The marriage of the Mercedes mechanics underneath all the sheet metal, and the stylish design, made this an appealing car for buyers.
The Chrysler 300 is available in several trim lines including a LX, Touring, Limited, 300C and SRT8. All models except for the LX and SRT8 are available in all-wheel drive.
Body Styles: full-size 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, five-speed automatic
Models: LX, Touring, Limited, 300C, and SRT8
The 2009 received a lot of updates, many of them significant for performance. The 300C model with its 5.7-liter engine receives variable valve timing for higher horsepower and torque performance. All-wheel drive models receive a new power transfer case that improves fuel efficiency. Comfort-tuned suspension is also available for this year, giving drivers a more comfortable, smooth ride. The 300C Heritage model with its sport tuned suspension and steering is also available for those wanting a bit of extra power from their vehicle.
The SRT8 model receives a new grille this year, but most of the vehicle stays the same. All the models have the same, smooth nose and the big grille. It is a very attractive car.
The interior received a big overhaul in the previous year with further improvements in 2009. The interior design is simple and elegant, mainly due to the redesigned instrument panel, center console, and better materials introduced in 2008.
The controls are easy to use and with all the added options, no driver is hurting for entertainment and comfort. It is a big interior as well, providing tons of legroom and storage space. The extended wheel base models available on some of the trim lines provide even greater amounts of space. The trunk has a whopping 15.6 cubic feet of space as well. Unfortunately, the design on the 300C means that there is some limited visibility out of the side windows.
The base LX version comes equipped with AC, cruise control, tilt-telescoping steering wheels, plenty of power accessories, eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, a 60/40 split backseat for better storage, and a CD/MP3 player with an audio jack for personal stereo devices.
The Touring includes these items but adds a larger V-6 engine, automatic headlights, fog lamps to boot, dual-zone air conditioner controls, leather upholstery and leather trimmed steering wheel, and the luxury of satellite radio. A Comfort/Convenience Group package adds heated seats to the mix, power passenger seat, power adjustable pedals, and a touch-screen stereo.
The Limited adds comfort suspension, everything included in the Comfort/Convenience Group package, steering wheel controls, and a 30 GB hard drive for music and entertainment storage. Both the Touring and Limited get a larger gas tank, five-speed automatic transmission, and better brakes when all-wheel drive is installed.
A special Protection Group is available on all the vehicles except the base LX. The Protection Group includes front side airbags, side curtain airbags, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Bluetooth connectivity. The 300C model also gains a rear park assist camera.
A 300C Heritage package is available that has 20-inch wheels, performance steering and suspension, and other luxury features.
The SRT8 comes with a larger V-8 engine and all the trim of the 300C Heritage package.
Performance & Handling
The all-wheel-drive versions of the Chrysler 300 are where it is. These vehicles, mainly due to the Mercedes mechanics, grip the road like there is glue on the wheels. The comfort suspension is wonderful for those wanting a leisurely ride, while the sport tuned suspension gives the 300 a sense of danger. The V-6 engine does lack in some performance qualities that the V-8 makes up for.
Standard safety equipment is a bit lacking on the 300 LX. Anti-lock brakes and stability control is optional but standard on the other trim lines. The protection groups add lots of extra airbags and safety features to the vehicle, but at a slightly extra cost.
EPA Fuel Economy
2009 Chrysler 300: 13/15 mpg city/highway
- The V-8 engine has a lot of power and really sets this sedan right up there with the competition.
- The interior is well done and spacious, especially with the long wheelbase models.
All in all, the 300 has a lot to offer.
You Won't Like
- The LX version is weak and does not have a lot of extras. Skip this trim line at all costs.
- Make sure to get the Protection package; the 300 did not perform well in side crash tests without the curtain and side airbags.
The Chrysler 300 is an excellent vehicle, especially for the selling price. As long as you skip the weak LX trim line, you should be quite pleased with the way this vehicle carries itself.
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