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2009 Chrysler 300

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2009 Chrysler 300 Review

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The 2009 Chrysler 300 sedan has succeeded where many of its domestic rivals have not. While it's true that Americans have flocked to the 300 chiefly because of its bold styling, the 300 provides a roomy interior, impressive ride and handling, the availability of the well-known HEMI V8 engine and the option of all-wheel drive. The 300 benefited greatly from the now-defunct merger between Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler by receiving a number of German-engineered components, including its rear suspension and five-speed automatic transmission. One might think with so much premium content added to the mix that the 300's price tag would also surge, but V6 models start around $25,000. Thanks to the 300's popularity among the tuner crowd, there are plenty of aftermarket parts, allowing owners to customize their cars to their hearts' content.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're searching for a family sedan with attitude but need to keep your spending in check, you'll find the 2009 Chrysler 300 hard to ignore.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for something inconspicuous, say, for a stakeout, the Chrysler 300 might not be your best option. Car enthusiasts will lament the absence of a manual transmission and some may find the narrow windows confining and the interior color choices drab.

What's New for 2009

All-wheel drive models receive a new Active Transfer Case and Front-axle Disconnect which helps improve fuel economy by disconnecting the front axles and transfer case when not in all-wheel-drive mode. The HEMI V8 sees improvements in horsepower and fuel economy, while the LX trims receive 17-inch machined aluminum wheels and the 300C Heritage gets 20-inch wheels and a new grille.

Driving the 300

Driving Impressions We drove the powerful 300C model that Chrysler claims accounts for almost half of all 300 models sold. With its 360-horsepower HEMI V8, the 300C provides an impressive blend of...

power and grace, thanks in part to its sophisticated traction and stability controls. The V8's MDS (Multiple-Displacement System) improves economy by cutting fuel to four of the eight cylinders when their output is not required. The suspension doesn't readily evoke that of a European sport sedan, but tight and true steering keeps you feeling in control of what is admittedly a large vehicle.

HEMI Engine
The available 5.7-liter V8 HEMI with 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque delivers terrific straight-line performance.

All-Wheel Drive
An option not available on many sedans in its price range, the 300's all-wheel-drive system promises to provide increased stability and traction in all driving conditions.

2009 Chrysler 300 Details
2009 Chrysler 300 photo Interior

The 300's attractive instrument panel and interior design is in line with its high-style exterior, though some of the plastics lack the precise color-matching and touch-friendly feel of competitors such as the Volkswagen Passat and Honda Accord. Despite the 300's somewhat colorless interior, exquisite touches, such as the faux tortoise shell steering wheel on the 300C, add an air of individuality and elegance. We are also fond of the instrument cluster, which features white-faced gauges with art-deco fonts, and the LED lighting inside the cup holders and door pockets. The front bucket seats provide excellent lower back and thigh support, and feature adjustable lumbar support for both the driver and passenger. Legroom is abundant throughout, as is headroom both front and rear.

Exterior

Large slab-side panels, a high "belt-line" and narrow side windows give the 300 an appearance reminiscent of a custom chop-top cruiser. Big 17- or 18-inch wheels are standard, (20s on the Heritage) but the 300's large wheel wells allow space for aftermarket wheels as large as 22 inches. The gaping grille – an exaggerated version of those seen on other Chrysler vehicles – is flanked by two hefty headlamps balancing out the aggressive styling of the front end. The rear end, while handsome, is more conservative and the trunk's tall lid makes gauging reverse parking maneuvers a bit of a guessing game.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2009 Chrysler 300 LX features a 2.7-liter V6 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with CD and auxiliary input jack, power locks, power windows, 60/40 split rear seat, driver- and passenger-adjustable lumbar support, power driver's seat, four-wheel disc brakes, remote keyless entry, speed control, rear defrost, dual power mirrors and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel.

Optional Equipment

Features available only on select trim levels or as stand-alone options include all-wheel drive, five-speed AutoStick transmission, leather seating, power sun roof, heated front seats, heated rear seats, Adaptive Speed Control, adaptive headlamps, 18- and 20-inch wheels, side-curtain and seat-mounted airbags, rear object detection, power-adjustable pedals, Boston Acoustics eight-speaker sound system, uconnect GPS navigation system with integrated six-disc CD/MP3 player and real-time traffic updates, remote start, MyGIG audio and entertainment system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and xenon headlamps with high-pressure washers. Powerplant options include a 3.5-liter V6 engine and the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, the latter available only in the top-of-the-line 300C.

Under the Hood

The base 2.7-liter engine is advisable only if a low sticker price is your primary motivator. The 3.5-liter V6 is more powerful, but still somewhat unrefined when pressed hard. The HEMI V8 truly brings the 300C to life, transforming it into a world-class performer wrapped in uniquely American sheetmetal.

2.7-liter V6
178 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
190 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26

3.5-liter V6
250 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (RWD), 17/23 (AWD)

5.7-liter HEMI V8
360 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
390 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25 (RWD), 16/23 (AWD)

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2009 Chrysler 300 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 850 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Love this car!!

By on Wednesday, November 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"started noticing the car a few years ago mistakenly thought it was a caddy. bought it 7 months ago lots of leg room, great comfy ride, has been asked 3 times if its a caddy, well built. Cant say anything bad about it."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Most Wonderful Vehicle I have Ever Owned!

By on Thursday, September 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Affordable and Handles like a Dream!!!!"

Cons: "Mines Rear Wheel Drive- Winter :("

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

All that and a bAg of Chips!!!

"She has been the best car I have ever owned!! Reliable, classy, stylish, sound mechanics, SAFE, and absolutely the most comfortable riding car ever!! With the Heritage model you get the cream of the crop, and more...She does everything you could ever ask for in a car! All she needs is a trailer hitch and I would have it all.. She is also Lightning Fast and stops on a dime. Love Her <3"

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

All that and a bAg of Chips!!!

Oh How I loved This Car!

By on Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 172,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Converted from lease to purchase - Great rate!"

Cons: "Front end seemed to need repair a lot."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It is now 2014. The dealers are selling 2015 models. My 300 is about eight or nine years old. The transmission was having trouble, but it was the first time for that. I put a lot of money into the front end, which seemed to need constant attention. The car never left me stranded, I looked really cool driving it (just ask me, I'll tell you how cool I was :) I wanted another one, but it was a little out of reach as my financial situation had changed. We bought another Chrysler model though. This was a special car. I adored it."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

A classic, yet modern luxury car

By on Saturday, August 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun driving, fantastic interior, remarkable engine"

Cons: "Rear wheel drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The 2007 Chrysler 300C was a dealer demo car that I purchased about 6 years ago. The value and experience of this car are life changing. The power, handling, and ride are nothing like I have ever experienced before. The next owner will have a wonderful experience as this car has plenty of life left in it. It is roomy, elegant, fast, and can handle just about anything from city to country."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

very quiet and comfortable

By on Thursday, August 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "The best everyday driver I have owned."

Cons: "cheep rims."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"we drive this car everywhere...Colorado, California, and Florida. Smooth riding and hardly any road noise. I average 24mpg and to me that's pretty good for a Hemi. This car will get you in trouble if you can't keep your foot out of the Hemi!!!!!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Excellent reliable car

By on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 162,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Its the Best"

Cons: "Cruise control and dash contols were not easy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've had this car 10 years and very little maintenance. 3 sets of tires and just now put new brakes on. I love this car and would buy another one without blinking."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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