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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 840 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

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

Everything I want, but just short of an SRT8

By on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price, lots of space, fun to drive, powerful"

Cons: "Interior could be better (SRT8 is perfect)"

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

The pimpity wagon

"Perfect vehicle for driving daily for me, plenty of power and very refined. Its not terribly expensive, but the vehicle itself gives off an aura of being expensive, provided you don't put tasteless mods on it (bad rims and those ugly, ugly Bentley grills, cant forget the black LED taillights that everyone and their grandmother has). Great vehicle, only reason im going to sell mine is because im upgrading to the SRT8."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

The pimpity wagon

I love this car, and get constant compliments.

By on Sunday, August 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Priced well for it's ammenities and class."

Cons: "only one ignition key, need a back up."

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

"Purchased pre-owned with 30K miles, everything works perfectly. It is smooth on the open highway, with plenty of power. It handles well on winding mountain roads as well. I looked for 8 months to find the specific year, model, and equipment I wanted.AWD was very important because I live in snow country, Moon Roof, GPS, CD and Premium Sound, Heated Mirrors, Heated dual power Seats a must have. Gloss Black Exterior, Charcoal Leather interior. My patience paid off. I have had 2 previous Mercedes Benz and I will say that the MBZ interior was more elegantly appointed and finer leather and carpet. But for a very economical price, the Chrysler 300 AWD has won my heart. I hope to purchase a new one when this one wears out."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

My first new car!

By on Sunday, August 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive."

Cons: "No satellite radio."

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

"I love this car. I would not get rid of it except for the fact that I want some new upgrades that are not available in this vehicle. Completely reliable and the best car for travel, the further you drive the better it drives."

rear wheel drive, hate it!

By on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

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
3/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "elegant, classy drive, stylish, no rust, Florida"

Cons: "rear wheel drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Have had this Florida car less than a year. Am a senior, never drove a rear wheel drive. Live in Illinois, we had worst winter last year! Step on gas gently, fish tailed! Can't do this another year. Great car for someone used to rear wheel drive. Won't recommend to another senior."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Monday, July 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,400

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

Pros: "One word, AWESOME"

Cons: "Can't fit all my grandkids or atleast 5 at once"

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

"This car has been very reliable, great gas mileage on long distance and good in city. Still drives smooth and easy and feels like a new car. I hate getting rid of it but medical bills take their toll and this is the only reason for selling it."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

the vehicle is a flawless performer

By on Sunday, July 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "exhilirating driver when on the open road"

Cons: "Chrysler customer service."

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

"the vehicle is a great highway cruiser, fun to drive, great power. Problem with ECU configuration. Chrysler finally figured it out but not to my satisfaction. Would buy again."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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