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2011 Chrysler 300 Review
Overhauled sedan nears luxury status.
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The 2011 Chrysler 300 is a rear-drive, full-size sedan. Designed to compete with the Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus, the 2011 Chrysler 300 attracts buyers who want performance and comfort, and appreciate Chrysler’s engineering and craftsmanship. The 2011 Chrysler 300 offers excellent fuel economy in a performance sedan as well as interior options that please owners and passengers alike.
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler 300, Chrysler 300 Limited, Chrysler 300 C
The Chrysler 300 is redesigned for the 2011 model year, sporting:
- a new interior
- larger front fenders
Standard equipment on the 300 includes a chrome grille, 17-inch painted alloy wheels, electric power steering, power brakes, power door locks and windows, power heated mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, and a rear defogger.
The Limited features the following standard equipment that is not available on the base: 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome wheel covers.
Standard equipment on the C includes 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome wheel covers, fog lights, automatic headlights, reverse-tilt side view mirrors that show the curb view when the vehicle moves in reverse, and a rearview camera. Optional equipment on the C includes 20-inch polished aluminum wheels and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof.
Standard equipment on the 300 includes a four-way power passenger seat, an eight-way power driver’s seat with adjustments for height and lumbar support, premium cloth upholstery, a split-folding rear seatback, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, cup holders, a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, dual-zone climate control, interior air filtration, simulated wood and simulated alloy interior trim, a tachometer, a compass, a low fuel level warning, an external temperature display, a trip computer, and an AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3/Satellite audio system with six speakers and touchscreen controls.
The Limited adds a six-way power passenger seat, an eight-way power driver’s seat with adjustments for height and lumbar support, premium leather upholstery, and an upgraded 276-watt AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3/Satellite audio system with six speakers.
The 300 C includes an 8.4-inch communications center with a touchscreen and voice-controlled navigation system with Bluetooth capability, a power rear sunshade, premium leather upholstery, and memory settings for the driver’s seat, steering wheel, and audio system.
Performance & Handling
The base Chrysler 300 comes equipped with a 3.6-liter, 292-hp, V-6 engine that is flex-fuel capable, and a five-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The 300 is a properly engineered, quiet, smooth-riding sedan that can go from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds.
The suspension in the 2011 Chrysler 300 is more responsive than in previous years. Front suspension hydro bushings combined with shock absorbers help to reduce road roughness. It produces excellent handling and ride comfort.
The Limited employs the 3.6-liter, 292-hp, V-6 engine and a five-speed shiftable automatic transmission. However, the top-of-the-line Chrysler 300 C represents Chrysler’s luxury sedan and upgrades to a 5.7-liter, 363-hp, Hemi V-8; either rear or all-wheel drive, and a five-speed shiftable automatic transmission.
Standard equipment on the 300 includes electronic brakeforce distribution, stability control, traction control, dusk-sensing headlights, LED daytime running lights, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, emergency braking assist, a four-wheel anti-lock braking system, brake drying, and tire pressure monitoring.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Smooth ride
- Optional all-wheel drive on 300 C
- Interior features
You Won't Like
- Impaired rear visibility
Overhauled sedan nears luxury status.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Ford Taurus
- Toyota Avalon
See the New 2014 300.
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