The Chrysler 300 debuted to the public in 1955 to meet the needs of those looking for a classic American sedan for family use. The 300 suits business professionals and anyone who wants the luxury of such a large, well-equipped car. Things haven’t changed much except the addition of letters to the end of the 300 name. For this year, the 2004 Chrysler 300M comes in the base and Special trim levels. Each one includes plenty of standard features and scores well on government and independent crash tests. The 300M looks elegant on the road and offers impressive handling and performance. Overall, it makes a good choice for anyone looking for size, space, and style in a sedan.
Body Styles: luxury full-size sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler 300M, Chrysler 300M Special
For the 2004 model year, Chrysler only makes a few changes to the 300M. It offers an optional Sirius satellite radio package and a six-disc CD changer. Both trim levels come equipped with a navigation system that responds to voice commands and a 360-watt sound system.
The 2004 Chrysler 300M remains much like its previous editions in that it looks like a classic American sedan. Chrysler succeeds with its goal and the 300M appeals to buyers looking for a classic design with impressive accents. The 300M features sleek styling and slanted headlights. The grille, small and centered in the front end, slopes back elegantly to the windshield. Several color choices include Onyx Green Pearlcoat, Butane Blue Pearlcoat, and Light Almond Pearl Metallic Pearlcoat.
As noted, the 2004 Chrysler 300M serves as a classic American sedan. Comfort is the name of the game with this sedan and it comes well-equipped with leather seats. They also feel well-padded and wide with plenty of support. The seats come equipped with heaters designed to work quickly when needed. The rear seat seems enormous with plenty of head and legroom for even the tallest passengers. Additional features such as air-conditioning and cruise control come standard as well. The leather steering wheel makes an elegant addition to the cabin. Leather also enhances the shift knob and center console. Power accessories help make things more convenient. Even the lower trim levels offer power windows and door locks. With the audio system, the driver and passengers can enjoy a seven-speaker sound system. The 16.8 cubic feet of space proves convenient as well. However, the sedan’s arched greenhouse makes it a bit difficult to get in and out of the cabin.
Performance & Handling
Two different engines come in the 2004 Chrysler 300M. The base comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 motor paired with an automatic transmission. The 300M Special uses a turbo-tweaked version of the same engine, capable of 255 hp. Either engine offers an impressive performance. The suspension on the Special seems a bit harsher than the 300M, but it offers an incredibly responsive drive. The braking system proves powerful and very responsive to the driver’s commands.
As one advantage, the 2004 Chrysler 300M offers various safety features. With these models, Chrysler adds four-wheel anti-lock brakes, child seat anchors, and rear-door child safety locks. It also comes equipped with dual front side-mounted airbags and traction control. This sedan also includes standard rear integrated headrests and height-adjustable ones in the front of the cabin. The rear seat comes equipped with a center lap seat belt as well.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler 300M: 16/25 mpg city/highway
- Affordable price
- Plenty of interior room
- Good performance
You Won't Like
- Missing some important features
- Low-quality interior materials
- No manual transmission available
Spacious, luxury sedan that drives well.
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