Best large 4dr sedan value. MB E-class base shows!
By Brian B. on Sunday, November 15, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Fun to drive, EXTREME Smoothness, quality"
Cons: "more cargo room in trunk/center console,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have over 28K miles on my '15 300S, since March '15. I trade new vehicles every 1.5 to 2 yrs for my job. Owned many new Toyota's, MB, Honda's, Mitsubishi's and some Chrysler products. This is the best by far. Traded my '13 Durango in for this. Hard to believe the same 3.6 motor in this, the new 8-sp ZF transmission is extremely smooth and sophisticated. The car accelerates like a much lighter car, mine with AWD weighs in more that most SUV's on the road, minus full size class. The car handles like a car much smaller than it is, yet gives the road confidence of a true full size car. This 300 and Dodge Charger came about from the marriage of Daimler/Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler shared technologies. This E-Class platform they inherited is more refined than Chrysler could have ever come up with. The AWD is a must in IA and is grippy when you need it. It functions in RWD until 37 degrees, wipers activated for rain or pushing the sport mode switch on the dash, otherwise it has great RWD traction, for better fuel economy and is a blast to drive. High quality appointments on the interior (good leather, real aluminum dash details, no cheap plastic, soft touch materials everywhere)make you feel like you spent more. The U connect is the best screen operated car interactive system out. Beats audio sound is superb. Paddle-shifters engage quickly if manual override is desired, otherwise the 8-spd programming is super efficient and very intuitive on it's shifts, even braking and throttle off for cornering, etc. I have turned in great avg 25 mpg combined driving and I have a lead foot at lights. This car feels much quicker than you could ever expect, the 4300# curb weight does not show. We have the HEMI 5.7 in our 13 Durango R/T and believe this motor/tranny combo outshines that motor with that 6spd. Extreme smoothness is what sold me on this vehicle, I like it better everyday and actually look forward to driving it. It rides very quiet, confident and smooth on the interstate, it's a true road car, it's Benz genes show here and are often overlooked by many shoppers. This car is more reliable than the '06 MB R class we owned in '06 by far. I hope Fiat does not kill the MB platforms they inherited in the Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300, Dodge Durango/Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Sprinter was chopped immediately for the Fiat cargo van and the SLK based Cross Fire years ago. So I will keep this one as long as I can!! Plus, I got the Redline tri-pearl coat color, remember I just bought this as a work car, never expected so many compliments on my cars looks by strangers(kids even) and friends."
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