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2002 Chrysler 300M Review
The ideal American luxury sedan.
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The first Chrysler 300, introduced in 1955, uses a coupe body style with two doors. It eventually became a convertible as well. In 1999, Chrysler revived the 300 as a four-door sedan with a very muscular V-6 and front drive.
Today’s versions offer more power than ever before. The 2002 Chrysler 300M also adds the Special model that includes many features that the older versions do not. The Special sets itself apart with its dark gray color, as well as the addition of the twin exhaust pipes and the 300M special badge. The exterior color schemes provide another addition that makes the Special stand out.The base 300M serves as the flagship of Chrysler’s performance-oriented lineup. Continuing the letter-series 300s of the past, the 2002 Chrysler 300M pleases most drivers.
The major improvements to the line as well as the Special set the 300M apart from the competition; not only for its beautiful appearance, but also for the fact that it remains very fast and roomy for all passengers.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler 300M, Chrysler 300M Special
The 2002 Chrysler 300M debuts a brand-new trim level appropriately named the Special that attracts performance enthusiasts who enjoy a firmer suspension, an upgraded braking system, increased-effort steering, and 18-inch wheels dressed in Michelin Pilot Sport 245/45ZR18 tires. In addition, for the 2002 model year, Chrysler introduces a newly revised grille on all of the 300Ms.
The 2002 Chrysler 300M flaunts a unique style that the Concorde shares, but measures about 10 inches shorter in length. The sedan has a stubby, short rear deck that features sharper creases, rather than the average rounded lines. The wheelbase remains similar to the mates of the 300M, namely the Intrepid and Concorde. Its smaller size proves beneficial when being exported because it fits into garages more efficiently during shipping. The 300M has the short suspension installed, along with the 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels.
Many interior features come standard on the 2002 Chrysler 300M, including leather upholstery, automatic air-conditioning, bucket seats, remote keyless entry, a trip computer, a garage door opener, cruise control, and heated front seats. The sedan holds five passengers very easily inside the roomy cabin. The rear seatback splits and folds down to provide about 16 cubic feet of trunk area. The sedan doesn’t have a pass-through for long items. Deep Sapphire Blue, Black, and Bright Silver provide interior color choices. The leather seating comes in a two-tone scheme of dark grey and light taupe, which have waterfall style inserts.
Performance & Handling
The 3.5-liter V-6 supplies 250 horsepower for the base 300M, while the 300M Special employs the same engine with a larger number of horses, pumping up the power to 300 hp. The engine weds with an automatic four-speed transmission that has a manual feature, allowing the driver to select gears by shifting a lever.
Overall, the driving experience of the 300M proves satisfactory after the handling improvements and the improvement in power. Taking an afternoon drive with the family also seems pleasurable because of the roomy cabin. It proves equally nice during long trips. The new Special features a performance-tuned suspension and bigger tires, to meet the driver’s expectations for handling. Test driving a 2002 Chrysler 300M proves how quiet and relaxing the sedan can be whether on the highway or within residential areas.
The 2002 Chrysler 300M includes some of the best safety features available, including anti-lock brakes, shoulder belts with three points, and traction control. Adding the optional side-impact airbags results in the best safety possible.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler 300M Special: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Excellent performance
- Room for an entire family
- Classy interior
- Elegance of the Special
You Won't Like
- Automatic transmission only
- Odd styling elements
- Unrefined engine note
The ideal American luxury sedan.
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