2006 Chrysler 300C HEMI – Test drive and new car review – 2006 Chrysler 300 C HEMI

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Chrysler 300C

The C is for Capone

You’ve got to hand it to A few years ago, the company’s were lackluster and generic nothing to get the blood pumping. The Chrysler 300C HEMI RWD is a aggressive, attention-getting car at the heart of the lineup. With a base of $33,525 ($38,170 as tested), the Chrysler 300C HEMI RWD with a 3 year/36,000 mile and the EPA estimates that it will get 17 mpg highway — not bad for a large

Let’s take a closer

First Glance: Return of the Cars

The Chrysler 300 moniker back to 1955, when introduced the C-300 coupe 300 horsepower courtesy of a new engine a curious name: HEMI. In Chrysler sold the 300 and 300B, for the 300 and 300C, etc. A letter meant serious horsepower.

1965 was the last letter Note the C in the current 300C: cars are back, HEMI and

The first thing that you on the 300C is that big long and grille. The proportions are so retro they’re almost a caricature of a 1930s gangster car. not hard to imagine the 300C in the Dick Tracy, even it wasn’t.

Since its debut in the current edition of the 300 has far outstripped the of the previous (1999 — model.

The 300 is a large car, and than try to camouflage that designers have emphasized in every detail. The flared accentuate large wheel the flat trunk amplifies the and size of the compartment. It’s a approach, and mostly successful especially that bold and grille treatment.

I’m a little skeptical of how I’m going to be of the design in years — I fear it will age quickly, and moor the 300 in

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In the Driver’s A driving position stranded in

Jason had trouble getting behind the 300’s wheel

#169; Jason Fogelson

where the 300C fails me driving position. The steering and dashboard are so far away from the that I felt like I was a 1970s land yacht than a twenty-first century No amount of fussing with the adjustment on the steering wheel or front driver’s seat make me feel like I was of the machine. The control feel was remote.

And design took toll on driving enjoyment the roofline slopes so far forward of the position that it’s impossible for a tall driver to the change of a traffic light crouching down and looking the steering wheel.

The back seat is very as befits a sedan as large as the Passengers sit way down inside the in no danger of hitting their on the roof. If they’re lucky, get to see out the windows with the 300C’s beltline.

Cocooned in comfort, unlikely to complain about accommodations, especially if you opt for the $1,150 Seat Entertainment Video

I have two friends in real — they both 300Cs. It’s an ideal car for about … passengers in without breaking the bank on

On the Road: HEMI power is a for 300’s bulk

Chrysler 300C

I’m I drove the 5.7 liter HEMI V8 300C, and not the pedestrian 300, only has a V6. The HEMI’s 350 hp and 390 lb-ft of are well suited to the task of the 4046 lb 300C through its — I wouldn’t want the 200 or 250 ponies straining to giddyap (I like to try the 300 SRT-8’s 6.1 Liter V8 on for some time, though 420 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque sounds fun.).

The 300C doesn’t exactly from the line, but it does momentum quickly. The four-wheel disc brakes do a great job of you down, and the four-wheel independent controls body roll. never going to forget you’re in a big sedan while the 300C.

There’s too much car you to let that happen, and the sheer of the car is part of the driving experience.

has an excellent navigation system, and I recommend checking off the $2,130 box on the sheet. You get a nice sound upgrade with your nav to boot, with seven Acoustics speakers, a subwoofer and a amplifier. My test vehicle had a nice $495 package of wood California Walnut — classy.

The enormous trunk makes the a great road trip

Journey’s End: A good for big-car fans

A solid but not right for everyone

Photo Jason Fogelson

I was a little in the 300C, until I realized I wasn’t the target driver Chrysler was shooting for. I that the 300C appeals to who want to buy American and yearn for the old days of big sedans with horsepower and straight line back when the highway was the to aspire to and a good Sunday was a way to entertain the family. Tastes but nostalgia reigns; 300C has struck a chord.

If you’re considering a Mercedes purchase, you’d be missing the not to check out the 300C before your decision. 300C you a lot more for the money. There are large sedans out there to as well.

If you love the HEMI but the big hood, check out the Dodge It’s bigger than it inside, and I like the styling than the 300C’s. For a real did you know that Ford and still made the Crown and Grand Marquis? The Ford Hundred /Mercury Montego are contemporary takes on the large

Buick’s Lucerne has that old guy position down pat.

For a solid ride with performance, the 2006 Chrysler is an excellent value, and a stylish Maybe it’s the one for you.

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