2011 Chrysler 300C Reviews – Autoblog and New Car Test Drive

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2011 Chrysler 300C Review: Autoblog


The Big Sedan Is Alive And Well

Chrysler 300 – Click for high-res image gallery

Of the hurtful similes one can hurl at a few are more insidious than design or driving parallels to the American sedan. Thanks to the days of the ’70s and ’80s, proud nameplates like Impala and Galaxie were completely forgotten or bastardized models with about as personality as a tube sock. you blame it on oil prices, safety or the popularity of disco and …, no denying that the domestic suffered a major fall grace.

Now, General Ford and Chrysler are all fighting and nail to establish their as capable of besting metal Japan, Germany and Korea. that’s largely translated a fleet of mid-sized sedans soap-bar aesthetics and front-wheel-drive the 2011 Chrysler 300 is hell-bent on to buck that trend.

its rear-wheel-drive configuration and stylish the four-door strives to draw to the Pentastar’s more successful to an era long before corporate and the K-car. Is it successful?

Continue Review: 2011 Chrysler 300 .

copyright 2011 Zach / AOL

When the 300 first bowed in it brought a new-found element of appeal to the full-size segment to its high shoulder line, roof and vertical grille. The may have borrowed more a few cues from the Bentley but buyers were more happy to embrace the high-dollar For 2011, Chrysler insists the 300 is from tires to taillights, much of that same has held on for the new generation.

The company’s have given the big beast a … nose with projection headlamps, touches of and a more subdued grille.

the profile view, it’s to discern the new-generation 300 from its though careful examination reveal more pronounced arches fore and aft, as as new detailing behind the rear The tail of the sedan has received more aggressive updating, a new valance that integrates into the upper and lower of the 300’s posterior, allowing for exhaust outlets even on our V6 The LED taillights are both bright and at night, and although we don’t the chrome detailing on the lamps the shiny trim along the sill is a bit much.

While the Chrysler 300 may still wear its sibling’s hand-me-down skirt its cockpit has benefited fully the Pentastar’s interior renaissance. A piece, soft-touch dash between both A-pillars and flawlessly with the front panels. Compared to the clunky stack and cheap plastics of the old the new cabin has been improved by orders of magnitude.

The centerpiece of the dash is the same LCD touchscreen interface found in the Chrysler lineup. As massive as it is the new piece of kit puts most infotainment systems to shame, at in the graphics department.

The interface is a cumbersome when it comes to managing mobile media but climate, radio and navigation are intuitive and blisteringly quick. out the Short Cut below for a quick

In addition, the driver is treated to and easy-to-read gauges highlighted by blue accent lighting. pieces do much to give the a much classier look to the white-faced gauges found on the generation. A new, well-sculpted steering wheel has has replaced the tiller of old.

Our tester with black cloth that must have lifted straight from the factory. The front buckets are huge and envelop passengers in a embrace of foam and high-quality that’s perfect for a vehicle of size. The rear seats the kind of space that a full-size sedan can deliver,

For quick trips, there’s room for three full-grown on the back bench.

The trunk up a cavernous 16.3 cubic of cargo room, which that there’s enough area for everyone’s luggage you decide to pack the family in for a cross-country.

We were fortunate to sample the 2011 Chrysler 300 the base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 its headlights. In this application, the delivers 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of and is mated to the same old five-speed transmission found in the previous-generation According to the EPA. the 300 should see 18 per gallon in the city and 27 mpg highway, fits pretty closely the 23 mpg we saw over five days of driving.

Despite the fact the new six-cylinder weighs in with 70 ponies and 134 fewer pound-feet of than the optional 5.7-liter V8, the 300 never really seems out of In fact, the V6 feels pretty on the way to 60 miles per hour, though its deficit is readily apparent. As found in other applications, Pentastar engine is happy to making the majority of its power at a 6,350 rpm.

For buyers used to the early-pull of the big V8, the V6 may some getting used to. so, after a week with the we’d have a hard paying more for the bigger mill.

Unfortunately, the 3.6-liter is handicapped by its aging five-speed transmission. We’ve rarely issue with the gearbox paired with the larger V8, but in this application, the automatic easily confused. That was true under hard-acceleration as it struggled to drop a gear or two to put the in its lofty power sweet We can’t wait for Chrysler to this engine with its new generation of eight-speed transmissions .

describes the redesigned suspension at in the 300 as built for grand touring which is surprisingly accurate for While clearly engineered to mile after mile of asphalt, the springs and dampers do a job under more athletic circumstances. There is some roll, to be sure, but it doesn’t into traditional understeer as

Really get the V6 singing in its upper and saw on the wheel, and you’ll actually be with some rotation the traction control quietly in to contain the chaos. This drives incredibly well for its

Unfortunately, the 2011 300 is cursed comically light steering. beautiful leather-wrapped wheel to be only casually associated hardworking hardware out front, and as a piloting the vehicle takes adjustment. Trying to command the big through aggressive maneuvers is attempting to pluck a stuffed from one of those infuriating games.

Despite being to see what needs to happen, constantly flummoxed by a layer of seemingly designed to misinterpret every input.

The good is that the vehicle’s brakes suffer from the same Despite the fact that the 300 in at 3,961 pounds, its 12.6-inch rotors up front and 12.6-inch rotors out back do an outstanding job of the beast down from

Chrysler has really done its in the noise, vibration and harshness too. The 2011 300 is quiet at sane speeds and there’s little engine vibration at The single-piece piece dash has away with any squeaks and that could arise plastic-on-plastic action, and the result is a that could allow hours of driving in a day to be comfortably without making you want to yourself with the auto-up window.

But there are still a few of Chrysler past bumping the big sedan. While the interior fit and is top notch, it’s apparent the company could still use work in the detail department Our tester wore an excess of adhesive along the trunk (see it here ) that to have been haphazardly on.

To us, it’s the kind of good thinking that got Chrysler its most recent Chapter 11

At the end of the day, the 2011 Chrysler 300 is a you can’t help but want to It looks as good as it feels, decent fuel economy for a and won’t break the bank. get going at $27,170, not including the destination fee.

That is fairly close to what our commanded, and includes niceties the big LCD screen and Uconnect telematics

Unfortunately, nearly $28,000 is a lot of to pay for a thirsty sedan these As vehicles like the Honda and Volkswagen Passat grow to territory, buyers may be less to shop bigger. That’s true as fuel prices to creep up.

While the ballyhooed automatic transmission that’s to Chrysler will likely the Pentastar’s fuel economy, the will never be able to lock horns with the diesel and hybrid options in the mid-size segment.

Still, as most of the vehicles crafted the Chrysler renaissance, the 2011 300 is yet big step in the right direction. It to be a giant leap when we can get our hands on the SRT8 version.

copyright 2011 Zach / AOL

A Lot Newer Than It Looks The Outside

2011 Chrysler 300 Click above for high-res gallery

We basically blew the old car up. The of parts we carried over the last car you can just about in your hands, said Clauw, Chief Engineer on the Chrysler 300 .

He was responding to repeated about the new sedan. Was it all-new, or a heavy refresh like the 200 You can’t blame journalists for confused. Chrysler’s product is putting 16 all-new and significantly models on the road this

But all-new is a very different from significantly improved.

supported his answer, Every panel is new. Every in the interior is new. With the just a few pieces of the front pan are carry over.

The front and aluminum suspension pieces and are different. So is the steering. The V6 is all new. the internals of the Hemi are carryover, the exhaust and accessories are not.

Okay, we believe him now, but need really big hands to the carried-over five-speed automatic

Photos copyright 2011 Rex Roy / AOL

The generation Chrysler 300 (2005-2010) bold, in-your-face styling. At the Detroit Auto Show. Gilles (Senior Vice of Product Design and CEO of the Dodge told the press that, The new 300 a more grown-up look. As Gilles nailed it.

The look is … while remaining in a masculine way. However, of the edge is admittedly gone. And it be missed.

Clauw that they didn’t to change the 300’s character, these subtle adjustments as to a wholesale re-design of the car akin to the old Taurus (err. 500) to new Taurus.

The team worked three years to thoroughly what they had in order for the car to hit performance targets. Many of the were developed by measuring and customer perceptions of the Lexus Hyundai Genesis Sedan. E-Class and BMW 5-Series .

Regarding visibility, for example, the old car wasn’t as to see out of as its competitors. To remedy the situation, made the A- and B-pillars thinner. The was also lowered and the windshield back three inches. change contributed to improved visibility.

This was a wise and decision, even though it spell the end of the previous 300’s aesthetic.

The most noticeable change is to the front fascia. The nose is more contoured, a made to improve aerodynamics, area engineers needed to In the process, the grille became trapezoidal and the slimmer headlamps fashionable LED daytime running and halogen projector-type high- and Look closely at the new grille and the of the horizontal bars creates the of an inner grille floating the outer grille.


While the exteriors of the 2010 and might confuse a casual no such mistake happens you climb inside. The new interior the 300 way upscale. The examples we drove two-tone cabins.

There are also bright, metal accents that the vents and center stack, the interior a rich feel.

The cluster is especially good-looking. to the flat, two-dimensional gauge on the current BMW 5 Series, the 300’s are deeply sculpted and dimensional. 2009 Chrysler Imperial foreshadowed the look of these

The new four-spoke steering wheel also looks more and less truck-like than the old and higher trim levels rake and telescoping functions

Adding to the modernity of the 300’s is the big, bright and crisp LED screen in the center of the cabin. It communication duties for the audio HVAC, Bluetooth phone and device integration (via and optional built-in Garmin system. The gauges and monitor easy to read, even in sunlight.

However, polarized did substantially degrade the screen’s

The seats, front and rear, comfortable and offered the room one in a full-size sedan. These impressions were taken the course of just a half-day, that even a park is comfortable for short while. A thorough evaluation will with a full review.

On the the first impressions generated by the were amplified. Thanks to a of new noise-abatement features, the new 300 drives The front side windows sound-deadening lamination, while the are triple-sealed.

There are also two belly pans under the to help reduce road

Extensive use of high-strength steel and helped keep the weight 2010 and 2011 models even though the new car is slightly and carries more equipment. V8 300Cs between years a weight gain of about 230 We did not drive 2010 and 2011 back to back, so we are unable to ID any impact due to the porking affect.

we can relay is that Chrysler’s new 3.6-liter V6 is a fine engine.

The V6 and proven five-speed automatic the base 300 ($27,995) and 300 Limited (You know a component is really, really old when PR refers to it as proven.) Having 300 horsepower is plenty. The big sedan felt slow and the powertrain felt taxed. Driven the V6 remained composed and refined when revved to redline.

At the throttle felt lazy, lots of pedal travel to the desired level of thrust. We that engineers purposely the throttle in this manner to the best fuel economy As equipped with the V6 and rear-wheel the new 300 earns EPA ratings of 18 miles per city and 27 mpg highway, which the BMW 535i at 19/28 and 528i at

More gears will the 300 go farther on a gallon of gas and could acceleration. Mercifully for Chrysler, a new rear-wheel-drive automatic transmission ZF arrives later during year 2011. This make Clauw’s comment a handful of parts carried even truer.

Currently, the ($38,995) is the only model with a HEMI V8. An SRT8 300 is in the car’s future, but for now, the top dog is the 363-hp 5.7-liter V8. As with cars we’ve recently with powerful V6s, you know you’re missing any until you drive the V8.

Yes, you the 71-hp increase over the V6. But you feel more is the additional (394 lb.ft. compared to Cubic inches matter, and the differential between a naturally-aspirated 200 cid V6 and 345 cid V8 is Fuel economy for the Hemi is for the rear-wheel-drive version, and 15/23 for the model.

The Hemi also fuel saving cylinder Unlike in Ram trucks where made the transition more it was completely transparent in the 300.

We a 300 Limited and 300C (rear-wheel over the course of an afternoon. On sedans, the fully-independent suspension Southern California’s highways and roads with ease. notoriously rough freeway the big 300 rode serenely.

Road, and tire noise seemed while body motions well controlled and never When the asphalt narrowed and got the 300 hustled with verve, smaller than its physical You’d never mistake it for a but it sure didn’t feel a Lincoln Town Car.

also did a solid job on the 300’s assisted power steering Steering effort is spot on too heavy or light) but the wheel the level of feel and feedback of our vehicle with EPAS, the Shelby GT500 .

The Chrysler LLC in Auburn Hills has been busy the last few years. Cerberus mismanagement, the bankruptcy and the by Fiat has been no easy Thankfully, the all-new 2011 300 line is more proof Chrysler is on the right track.

To we can say, Welcome back.

copyright 2011 Rex Roy / AOL

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