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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 896 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
    9.3/10

Outstanding car, most reliable I've ever heard of

By on Monday, May 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,666

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Have owned 13 new cars the past 56 years, and thiis 300C tops them all. On original battery, plugs, etc. Only repair in 9 years was a tie rod. Runs and handles like new.. I can;t more highly commend this model. Sure it has minor deign flaws, like tiny buttons on door for mirror adjust, and very limited rear view, but for a 2 ton car, it's handling is great, and runs on REGULAR grade fuel. We get 16 mpg city, and 26 mpg hwy, which is excellent for a 340 hp engine. New ones like this are a much better value than Audi and Mercedes,Cadillac, BMW with 4 cylinder engines at a same price or higher than this HEMI v8. It's the best,Jerry !!!!"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Best car owned, extremely reliable.

By on Saturday, April 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I've owned 15 new cars, so I know what is a great one, and this 300 hemi C is it! Only repair was a tie rod., cost $400. Still original battery, almost 10 yrs old. Superb handling, and room for ADULTS in rear seat."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Very easy driving,great highway crusing.

By on Friday, March 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,325

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "remote start[cold weather] ,nice comfort"

Cons: "few scratches,not the best mileage,6 cylinder"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Traded 2004 Ram for this. Ram was rusting out? Got taken by dealer! Found this car at all makes used cars. Few scratches here and there. Wanted to take vacation trip to Georgia. Wanted comfort. Had remote start installed, because of cold winters in Penna. For third owner and low miles,very nice;for second car or 1 first. Low miles 98325. Miles for normal [[12,500] times 10 years is 125,000 miles-What? KBB -$6325-$7754]"

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Best car i"ve ever owned ..of 18 owned

By on Monday, March 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,598

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "Tiny keypads for door lock, LOW windsheiild,"

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

"Fantastic car, a 300 HEMI C,, strong V8, great handling, room for ADULTs in the back! Still using ORIGINAL battery,after 9 1/2 years. Only REPAIR w as a tie rod about 5 yrs ago.. Yes, tire s and front brake twice each, otherwise NOTHING for maintanance. Always have used SYNTHETIC motor oil, about once/ year.."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

I Love this car!

By on Sunday, March 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 220,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Dependable, comfortable, Awesome body style"

Cons: "None"

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

"I bought my 300 in 2008 used with about 80,000 miles on it. I now have over 220,000 miles and it still drives awesome and looks great. I would totally do a commercial for this car!"

15 people out of 23 found this review helpful

What a GREAT car!

By on Saturday, March 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

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: "Comfort, handling and styling."

Cons: "Nothing significant."

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

"I bought this 300 (2.7L Base) certified used from a local dealer with 59,000 miles back in 2010. I have owned it for 6 years. It now has 88,000 miles and has given me no trouble. Other than standard maintenance, I have had to repair one tie rod end. That's it. It rides like a dream, is extraordinarily comfortable and still turns some heads at ten years old. The 300C chrome wheels help. If you can find one that has been cared for, step into a really nice ride for very little money."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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