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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.

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 874 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Work Horse

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 169,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Nice car for price."

Cons: "Gas mileage, low roofline for traffic lights"

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

"This car just runs and runs. Never complains. After 10 years, it's still a good looking car that drives and performs well."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I drive 80 miles/day, I rate it 98% good

By on Friday, April 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Meets all requirements for a classic."

Cons: "I have none"

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

"This car has been a perfect Classic for me in every way. My next car will be the same, if I'm lucky."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Beautiful car, comfortable and fast

By on Wednesday, April 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Save gas by operating only 4 instead of 8 cylinder"

Cons: "No back seat video"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I am the second owner of 300c V8 5.7L Hemi and very pleased with the performance and liable. Some small problems with the car like power seat and loosing some nuts and bolts and one times electrical light intermittent while driving in the rain. Interior very comfortable and I like heated seats and dual air control."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

excellant

By on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

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: "It's just a great car"

Cons: "not good in the snow"

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

"The 300 is a great car with only one problem , it's not very good in the snow. I have had the 300 for 6 years and could not be happier, no problems at all. I am now looking for a all wheel drive model . This for me would be a perfect car."

14 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Bought new in Jan 2007 still have original batty,

By on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,700

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
10/10

Cons: "tiny winndow controls, not good in snow on regula"

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

"Best car ever owned, big flawless v8 loaded, never spent a cent on repairs. Always garaged, one driver/owner. Synthetic oil. I've had 18 cars over 60 years, this is super."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Comfortable ride, great power and acceleration

By on Monday, March 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"While the body style is becoming a bit dated, this is still a fantastic car. The 3.5 V6 delivers a lively driving experience especially paired with the suspension. It's not quite sporty, not quite "old man". It's a nice balance between the two and an excellent daily driver. I have gotten 21 mpg in combined driving though I definitely spend more time on the highway than the city. I have had only small issues with the front-end suspension (common with a Chrysler) and regular maintenance. Overall, I love the feel and ride and would recommend this car."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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