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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 890 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
    9.3/10

MY CAR IS IN THE VERY BEST CONDITION POSSIBLE !

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,400

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "CLEAN AND ACCEPTABLE TO ANY BUYER -"

Cons: "NONE -"

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

"THE CAR HAS BEEN KEPT UNDER A CAR PORT IT'S ENTIRE LIFE, AND HAS NO PHYSICAL DAMAGE, OR DINGS ! THE FINISH IS PERFECT FOR IT'S AGE, AND EVEYTHING IS IN GOOD AND PERFECT RUNNING CONDITION ! I WOULD OFFER THIS CAR AT $14000. EASY IF SELLING IT MYSELF."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Excellent Condition

By on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and very comfortable fitting seats."

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

"The leather seats have no tears or stains and are very comfortable.Interior great condition no tears or stains. Has a few paint chips on the inner area of the driver door handle.Tires almost new. Car color is still really pretty red. Carpeting and carpet mats in excellent condition!."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

This has been a great car

By on Sunday, October 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 198,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good value for the dollar. Enjoyable to drive."

Cons: "Trim could be better. Color choices could be more."

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

"I bought my 300 Limited in March 2008 and it has been a great car. For the past ~8 years, I've made sure routine maintenance has been performed, but nothing out of the ordinary. I've got almost 200,000 miles on it and it and other than some minor issues, there is absolutely nothing I can complain about. A few things I would have done differently from the beginning, would have been to get the AWD rather than RWD. That's for sure. My next one will be AWD. Secondly, I would get the 300C or higher trim package. The Limited I have has many amenities, but I would have preferred a little more luxury. The 'leather' seats for example are more of a 'pleather'. They are cracking and show wear (driver's seat). I really have liked the Nav system and UConnect. Small problems I have now after almost 8 years include an engine light because I have some sticking in the intake manifold. Performance doesn't seem to be impeded at all or I would have it fixed. The annoying thing is the remote start won't work because the engine light is on. The recirculating air button doesn't work because the switch in the heating/air that recirculates the air is broken and is insane cost to fix. Between $1,000 and $1,500 depending on who quotes, they say because it takes so long to get up under the dash to get to it. Other than that, the car has been outstanding. I even hit a deer going 50 mph back in 2010 and did $14K damage and it still runs great. When I bought it, I made the decision NOT to get the V8 and I haven't ever regretted it. It may have been more fun, but it may have meant more speeding tickets as well. The V6 has been all I would need and it's driven great. This car has a "powertrain lifetime warranty" as well."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

excellent value

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,700

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"I have a 2005 300 Limited for 10 years, and still rides and handles like new. also good gas milage. No problems in 10 years, just normal maintenance. Car is in excellent condition with only 16,700 miles. This is my 6th chrysler since 1973 all were excellent cars"

16 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Great car, great performance, good Quality

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

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
9/10

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

isn't she a beauty ?

"The 300 SRT 8 has tons of power, great agility, sporty looks with aggressive styling and stance, yet comfortable and roomy. The 20 inch rims and a good set of Conti tires are adding to the fun of driving. The killer Stereo came standard and is a blast to listen to - crisp and clear in all ranges. The interior is sporty stylish providing good support and comfort, the overall Quality is very good, material, looks and feel panel fit etc."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

isn't she a beauty ?

BEST EVR OVERALL. GREAT PERFORMANCE

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 131,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "performance, handling looks. Outstanding road car."

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

"HAS BEEN AS GOOD AS WHEN I FIRST SAW IT At THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW. MY SON TOLD MY FORMER WIFE AND THEY ORDERED FOR father's day. A dark Blue that still looks great as people routinely ask if it is new."

8 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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