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2011 Chrysler 300

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2011 Chrysler 300 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

When it burst onto the scene in 2004, the previous-generation Chrysler 300 was both a head-turner and an eye-opener. The gangster-evoking sheet metal was an instant sensation on the road, and it drove unlike any domestic large sedan before it – thanks in no small part to foundational elements contributed by then-partner Mercedes-Benz. Another big domestic sedan sure to be saddled by undulating highway manners, over-boosted steering and hair-trigger tire squeal, the Chrysler 300 instead backed up its progressive design with perception-shattering driving dynamics (we still vividly remember our very first turn in the car). The follow-up isn't as revolutionary, but the Chrysler 300 is once again reason alone for other segment shoppers to consider the large sedan.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a big fan of peace and quiet you'll love the 2011 Chrysler 300. Not just quieter than key competitors like the Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon and Buick LaCrosse, the new 300 is among the quietest cars you can buy at any price. It's also the only rear-wheel drive car in the group, and has more attitude than all three put together. The competition has never been better, but neither has the Chrysler 300.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Buyers who have to negotiate slick roads might prefer the front-wheel drive setup more common in the category (the 2011 Chrysler 300 does offer all-wheel drive, but only in conjunction with the V8). The Toyota Avalon is a particularly easy car to wheel around, and likely to maintain better resale value.

What's Significant About This Car?

The next-generation 2011 Chrysler 300 is defined by new-but-familiar sheet metal, a totally reinvented interior and a long list of new tech-based features.

Driving the 300

Driving Impressions With rear-wheel drive and powerful V6 and V8 engines, the 2011 Chrysler 300 is the category's most inherently sporty sedan (its 2011 Dodge Charger sibling notwithstanding)....

And while it does indeed have the composure and road-holding abilities to hustle down a canyon road, it doesn't offer the feel and feedback that help define a sport sedan. And that's just fine, because Chrysler's otherwise athletic flagship is really a cruiser at heart. Highlights include responsive steering and throttle action around town, balanced with a smooth and amazingly quiet highway ride. Chrysler says the 300 is as quiet as a Lexus LS 460, and we wouldn't be surprised if it's quieter. The strong Hemi V8 feels native to the big sedan, but we'd recommend the more affordable, more fuel efficient and still abundantly powerful V6 for most buyers. However equipped, the 2011 Chrysler 300 is a pleasure to drive and a clear example of why the large sedan endures.

The Big Screen
Did you ever use a computer running DOS? Or the Kelley Blue Book website, circa 1995? Chrysler's now-outgoing touchscreen graphics aren't quite that archaic, but they can visually worsen any interior. We haven't spent all the time it takes to really get to know the new system debuting in the 2011 Chrysler 300, but we give it the nod here based on the huge improvement in presentation alone.

Quiet Highway Ride
The 2011 Chrysler 300 offers a bunch of cool tech-based features worth highlighting, but the most memorable first impression was the remarkably quiet cabin.

2011 Chrysler 300 Details
2011 Chrysler 300 photo Interior

Although the distinctive sheetmetal was definitely long in the tooth, the Chrysler 300's greatest area of need was its interior. Aside from an attractive gauge cluster and a big touchscreen with a much-needed graphics upgrade, the interior didn't strike us as anything special at first. But the more time we spent in the car, the more we appreciated the materials, design touches and build quality. An exceptionally roomy back seat is a Chrysler 300 plus, while the trunk is on the small side for a large sedan. If you like thick-rimmed steering wheels, you'll be happy to find in the new Chrysler 300 one of the world's thickest.

Exterior
2011 Chrysler 300 photo

Some of our editors aren't fond of the Chrysler 300's new "noseless" face - the badge disappears into the top of the grille – but most are on board with the look overall. We think the rear end benefited most from the redesign, with more detail and skinnier taillights imparting a more sophisticated personality. Chrysler says owners of the outgoing 300 wanted better outward visibility - a common complaint, in other words – so there's more glass in the new one. Kudos to Chrysler for not visually handicapping the base-price 300, which offers decent-looking 17-inch wheels and few design downgrades.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The entry-priced 2011 Chrysler 300 is a lot of car for the money, featuring keyless entry and start, a big 8.4-inch touchscreen with climate and music controls, USB/iPod connectivity, dual-zone auto climate control, power driver's seat, one-touch up/down windows all around and a full complement of active and passive safety features. Bluetooth phone connectivity is among the few glaring omissions from the standard equipment list.

Optional Equipment

In addition to the 363-horsepower V8 engine, all-wheel drive and usual suspects like a navigation system and leather seats, a loaded Chrysler 300C AWD includes an impressive list of high-tech luxuries: radar-based adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning systems up front, rear cross path sensors out back, and blind-spot monitoring to help out on the side. In-cabin highlights include heated/cooled cup holders and a 506-Watt Alpine sound system.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Chrysler 300's 3.6-liter V6 is the most powerful base engine in the category. The Hemi V8 option falls five ponies short of the Taurus' twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, but it does boast 44 additional pound feet of torque. Both the V6 and V8 are matched with a five-speed automatic transmission, the only such unit remaining in a category full of six-speed boxes. Both engines are strong enough that performance probably suffers little, but a six-speed unit would likely deliver slightly better fuel economy.

3.6-liter V6
292 horsepower @ 6350 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (gas), 13/19 (E85)

5.7-liter V8
363 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
394 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25 (RWD), 15/23 (AWD)

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2011 Chrysler 300 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 83 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

love this fine car

By on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,240

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: "very stylish and comfortable with all the options."

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

"This is one of the best US made cars I have owned. I just drove this Chrysler 300C 1745 miles down to Victorville, Calif and back to Oregon and averaged 33 mpg. I'm a senior 76 and the wife and I were very happy with the cars comfort and performance."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

300C - A beautiful driving experience

By on Thursday, August 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Awesome ride, great luxury value, V6 fuel economy"

Cons: "Early reliability issues (but dealer fixed quick)"

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

"I test drove a new Chevy Impala and a new Buick Lacrosse (the two competitors in this large sedan category) and the Chrysler 300C blew them out of the water. Rear wheel drive (Chrysler) versus front wheel drive (Competitors) really makes a big difference in steering and road feel. I bought the car from a dealer out of state and drove it 700 miles back home. I enjoyed the ride so much I was disappointed when the trip ended; I wanted to go on another long trip. One point about the 8 rating on reliability; I have replaced an O2 sensor (Malfunction Light on) and the water pump (making a intermittent squeaking noise) within the first 800 miles. On both times the dealer fixed the issue with no hassle. My fingers are crossed that I have got the bugs out and will enjoy a long and carefree ownership, because I love everything about this car."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

A very nice bend of performance, luxury and value.

By on Saturday, July 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,012

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very well equiped; great performance"

Cons: "Interior trim pieces coming loose, needs 6 speed"

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

"Very pleasurable performance and luxury at a price that knocks the sox of the imports. Have had not a single mechanical repair in 40,000 miles, though the optional performance tires are good for only about 25,000 miles. My only problem has been with the interior carbon fiber trim separating from the leather. Most everyone who sees the car finds it to be stylish, especially with the black chrome package."

25 people out of 44 found this review helpful

This has been a great car.

By on Saturday, July 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fuel mileage.Fit and Finish"

Cons: "Little less road noise"

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

"My 2012 300s has been a very good car and have had no problems in the 40,000 miles I have driven it. I drive in Dallas stop and go traffic and consistently get 25 to 27 mpg. The pentastar V6 is so smooth that you'll have to look at the tach to see if it is running. The 8 speed transmission shifts so smooth that it's hard to tell that it's changing gears.With 8 gears they have the ratios so close that the rpm doesn't drop much between gear changes and the engine will rapidly buzz up to the 6500 rpm redline so smoothly. The Beats audio my car is equipped with is awesome.If you want to you can rattle the windows with the trunk mounted subwoofer. Chrysler did a great job on the interior.Fit and finish is top notch. About the only negative I can say is maybe road noise through the tires could be a little less.I attribute this to the 20" wheels with low profile tires.Car came equipped with Firestone Firehawk tires wich have held up good but maybe some Michelins might be a little quieter ?"

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Love this car! Plan on getting another one.

By on Thursday, July 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, extremely comfortable, very reliable"

Cons: "Haven't found any."

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

"This has to be my favorite car of all that I have owned. And I have owned nice cars, I.e. Cadillac, Lincoln Town Car, etc. the Chrysler 300 tops them all! It's beautiful, reliable, the ride is so smooth and comfortable!"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

First car in 15 years!!!!

By on Monday, June 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,300

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "MPG, Value, Ride"

Cons: "None"

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

"I've been a long time truck driver (Silverado & Avalanche) and with the price of gas I decided to move to a full size car. After looking at the options I loved the looks and driving feel of the Chrysler 300. The 8.4" nav screen and 8 speed transmission really helps out on the MPG which was a nice change from everything in its class. I have just over 8300 miles on my 13 300S and currently I’m getting 26.8 MPG with 70/30% highway to city driving. I've tried like heck to find faults with this car and honestly I can't. The most common knock on this car is the amount of black in the interior however I like it. Make no mistake this is no sports sedan but with 300 hp and the 8 speed trans it has no problem in the go department. On the highway it chews the miles in comfort all the while getting close to 33mpg. Great car not for the money but period."

24 people out of 39 found this review helpful

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