The 2001 Chrysler 300M clearly stems from the luxurious Chrysler LHS, which was discontinued that same year. The 300M offers nearly the same styling, performance, and luxury as the LHS; but it measures about 10 inches shorter in length. While the length reduction proves significant, the Chrysler 300M still has a large, roomy interior, so most drivers don’t notice much difference between the two vehicles. While Chrysler wants to keep the two models distinctly separate, they seem fairly interchangeable to most drivers.
Despite its beginning as a sport version of the Chrysler LHS, the 300M serves as a near-luxury sedan. It provides ample, well-made amenities constructed from high-quality materials. The roomy interior design ensures that the driver and passengers feel comfortable. The powerful engine gives the Chrysler 300M fast acceleration and solid cornering, so it also lives up to its sport origins. Drivers willing to spend the extra money on a near-luxury vehicle find the Chrysler 300M relatively inexpensive for its offerings. With good performance and comfort, the 300M offers everything that the competitive and picky luxury sedan market demands from a vehicle.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler 300M
The 2001 Chrysler 300M receives numerous alterations to its optional equipment packages as well as more color options. The trunk has an emergency release lever mounted on the inside for the first time. For this year’s model, the steering wheel now includes audio controls.
Measuring in at 197.8 inches long, the 2001 Chrysler 300M serves as a fairly large sedan. However, it remains smaller than many of its competitors, which commonly measure more than 200 inches in length. The 2001 Chrysler 300M uses the same platform as the Chrysler LHS, so both vehicles look similar to one another. The styling appears smooth and elegant, which fits in with its image as a near-luxury vehicle. Alloy wheels come standard.
The interior of the 2001 Chrysler 300M feels very comfortable, with a good selection of standard amenities. An adjustable driver’s seat, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, a front console, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, steering wheel controls, climate control, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, heated leather seats, a CD changer, Infinity premium speakers, a trip computer, leather trim, and electrochromatic mirrors all come standard.
Performance & Handling
Performance seems good overall for the 2001 Chrysler 300M. The main selling point remains its powerful 3.5-liter, six-cylinder engine. This engine gives the 300M excellent acceleration and speed. The turning and cornering prove good, as well, although they are not quite as remarkable as the power output.
The Chrysler 300M has dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, traction control, and child safety seat anchors as standard safety equipment. Side curtain airbags can be added as optional equipment.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler 300M: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Powerful engine
- Driver and passenger comfort
- Luxurious amenities
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