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2010 Chrysler 300

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2010 Chrysler 300 Review

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The 2010 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 well below $30,000. 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 2010 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 2010

All 300 models now feature supplemental side curtain airbags. New standard equipment on the 300C includes Keyless Entry/Keyless Go and ParkSense rear park assist, while the Touring trims gain chrome door handles, chrome grille and trunk lid accents and heated chrome mirrors.

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.
Favorite Features

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.

2010 Chrysler 300 Details
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 CC and Ford Taurus. Despite the 300's somewhat colorless interior, exquisite touches, such as the faux California Walnut 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 2010 Chrysler 300 Touring 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, remote keyless entry, speed control, rear defrost, dual power mirrors and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) and full-length side-curtain airbags.

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, ParkSense 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 @ 5150 rpm
389 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25 (RWD), 16/23 (AWD)

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2010 Chrysler 300 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 814 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
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Owned for 5 years now, beautiful car, no problems

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Aesthetics, safe, roomy, luxury, classy interior"

Cons: "gas guzzler...."

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

:) Love it!

"Purchased this elegant machine in 2009 used from a car rental shop. Beautiful exterior design is what drew me to this vehicle, and it doesn't disappoint. The sleek, business-minded curves make this a standout luxury car. Acceleration is decent with the base model 2.7L engine, it does use up quite a bit of gas though. Awesome BOSE stock speakers, 22" chrome rims, and heavily tinted windows when I got it. I've added chrome trim around a lot of the vehicle, as well as a chrome plated grille with vertical bars. Never had a mechanical issue with her :)."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

:) Love it!

Owned for 5 years now, beautiful car, no problems

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Aesthetics, safe, roomy, luxury, classy interior"

Cons: "gas guzzler...."

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

:) Love it!

"Purchased this elegant machine in 2009 used from a car rental shop. Beautiful exterior design is what drew me to this vehicle, and it doesn't disappoint. The sleek, business-minded curves make this a standout luxury car. Acceleration is decent with the base model 2.7L engine, it does use up quite a bit of gas though. Awesome BOSE stock speakers, 22" chrome rims, and heavily tinted windows when I got it. I've added chrome trim around a lot of the vehicle, as well as a chrome plated grille with vertical bars. Never had a mechanical issue with her :)."

:) Love it!

Owned for 5 years now, beautiful car, no problems

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Aesthetics, safe, roomy, luxury, classy interior"

Cons: "gas guzzler...."

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

:) Love it!

"Purchased this elegant machine in 2009 used from a car rental shop. Beautiful exterior design is what drew me to this vehicle, and it doesn't disappoint. The sleek, business-minded curves make this a standout luxury car. Acceleration is decent with the base model 2.7L engine, it does use up quite a bit of gas though. Awesome BOSE stock speakers, 22" chrome rims, and heavily tinted windows when I got it. I've added chrome trim around a lot of the vehicle, as well as a chrome plated grille with vertical bars. Never had a mechanical issue with her :)."

:) Love it!

Love this vehicle

By on Thursday, March 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,383

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

"Easy to operate, very comfortable, stands out in parking lots, trip mileage has been great. I think I told you, I love this car. I like everything about this car, seat fits like a glove, lots of leg room."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Lucky 7! Best car I've owned out of six previous

By on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks.comfort.stereo.heated seats.smooth handling"

Cons: "Tranny??? Not sure yet..."

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

2006 300 Limited AWD

"Just bought this 2006 300 Limited AWD in January 2014, with 81000 miles and I cannot believe how well it handles, and yeah over 60 this thing wants to go! My daughters think it looks like some rich persons car OR an old guy car (neither are true lol) but the fact is - I drive 150 miles daily and the only complaints is that (1) I'm getting between 18-20mpg w/ max of 10 of the miles "city" per/day, and (2) the shifting seems a little rough but going to try changing the fluid soon. Very pleased - lot's of compliments from bosses+bosses, & strangers! It's like a club :) Highly recommended vehicle for many reasons. CK, Dayton OH"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

2006 300 Limited AWD

Great Car

By on Sunday, March 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Lots of fun to drive and very luxurious"

Cons: "blind spot cause by C Pillar; mileage"

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

"This is my 3rd 300, beginning with a 300m (loved that unreliable little car). My wife is the primary driver and absolutely loves this car. We use it for trips and family occasions as well as her daily driver. I get to drive it on trips, etc. For the size and weight of the car, it is a powerful monster. Very nice pick up from 0-60 but the thing really roars from 60-100 and drives so smoothly, one has to pay attention to know he is approaching 100 on the open road. The active cruise control is really cool and very helpful on busy freeways, but the first time it takes control and brakes, it is startling. I think that unless you have very young kids and will use it a lot, I would not go to the expense of the DVD movie system. We have had the car for 5 great years (zero mechanical problems) but have only used the DVD 2 or 3 times... each time, we have to re-learn how it is done. The nav and sound system are a little complicated to set up and use. However, it is a 5 year old car, so the newer systems may be much better and easier to use, though the sound is superb. Great car all around."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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