Used 2007 Chrysler 300 Sedan Used 2007
Chrysler 300 Sedan

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KBB Editor's Overview

By Editorial Staff

The 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 benefits greatly from the merger between Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler and employs 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 below $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 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 interior color choices drab.

What's New for 2007

The big news for 2007 is the addition of the Executive Series package (available only on the Touring and 300C with rear-wheel drive), which stretches the car's wheelbase by six inches to provide more than 46 inches of rear seat legroom. New options include Adaptive Speed Control, a heated rear seat and SmartBeam adaptive headlamps.

Driving It

Driving Impressions

We drove the powerful 300C model that Chrysler claims accounts for around 50 percent of all 300 models sold. With its 340-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. Braking can be a bit soft, so it's best to leave some room when pushing between stop lights.

Favorite Features

HEMI Engine
The available 5.7-liter V8 HEMI with 340 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.

Vehicle Details


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 some topnotch luxury sedans. 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. 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.


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, 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. New for 2007 are auto-dimming exterior mirrors as well as some new exterior colors.

Notable Standard Equipment

The base 300 features a 2.7-liter V6 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with CD, power locks, remote keyless entry, speed control, rear defrost, dual power mirrors and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel.

Notable 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 moonroof, heated front seats, heated rear seats, Adaptive Speed Control, adaptive headlamps, 18-inch wheels, front and rear side-curtain airbags, rear object detection, power adjustable pedals, Boston Acoustics eight-speaker sound system, GPS navigation system with integrated six-disc CD/MP3 player, 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 300 to life, transforming it into a world-class performer wrapped in uniquely American sheetmetal.

2.7-liter V6
190 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
190 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28

3.5-liter V6
250 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 (RWD), 17/24 (AWD)

5.7-liter HEMI V8
340 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
390 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (RWD), 17/24 (AWD)


Pricing Notes

The Chrysler 300 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $24,555. The HEMI-powered 300C model starts at $36,385 and continues a little further north with options. The 300 was a hot commodity in 2006 and a look at the Fair Purchase Price page for 2007 confirms it has not cooled off. Fair Purchase Prices are adjusted periodically, so be sure to check back before you begin negotiating price. The 300 is projected to hold a better than-average-residual value, with the Touring actually bettering the V8 300C over a five-year period by a few percentage points.

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