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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.
Favorite Features

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
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 68 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

excellent city car ever to drive on the streets

By on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,775

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "quiet, lights, navigation, acceleration, seats"

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

"bought my 2014 300c ''AWD'' couldn't be anymore happier on this luxury sedan. The car has excellent handling there are tons of features are best. Ride is smooth and look very styling as a more top of the line vehicle. All controls pluses with UCONNECT everything its touch screen including ventilated seats much more. Traded my last vehicle a 2011 Chrysler 200 for a much upgraded model as buying another Chrysler product because since enjoying American luxury decided buy another new vehicle with lots of more standard features in class. The 300c is quieter, comfortable in great seat support and rear sunshade all the best of the best. Love panoramic roof, LED lights, Parkview Assist camera, Bi Xenon headlights, Adaptive cruise control and other more options. Its the best vehicle ever bought also equipped with Navigation, Bluetooth, Alpine sound system so much whistles and bells for a car liked the Chrysler 300."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

not only beautiful but a great automobile

By on Monday, March 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "wekk worth the dollars"

Cons: "coould use power passenger seat"

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

"I cannot say enough about this auto. very dependable. a pleasure to drive. other than a few adjustments that the dealer took care of when new has been trouble free. the backup camera and acclimated cruise control are a god send for safety . all the other toys ( so to speak) although superficial are great and trouble free"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Better from Toyota Avalon

By on Monday, March 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 835

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: "Handling, quiet, controllable seats, controls,"

Cons: "None"

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

"I knew Chrysler reliability start falling few years back but I think this new large flagship sedan has been improved so much since 2011. This 300 is best in a resale value, rides better from most imports, its comfortable with 4 buckets being really cushion soft in materials. Interior doesn't look cheap nor any shortcomings. Uconnect 8'' color touch screen very outstanding being fully equipped with Garmin Navigation DVD system, audio system, ventilated seats, climate controlling, Sirius satellite radio, rear sunshade, rear Parkview assist camera, blind spot warning, push button start engine with a remote start button starting up car before approaching. Car ride is crisp, its overall superb on everything, panoramic roof is best giving interior cabin full of sunlight while opening. Quiet, fantastic, smooth drive, great gas mileage, nice stereo sound: Dr. Dre beats audio group, cooled and heated cup holders, adaptive cruise control and much more. It handles excellent, very powerful with an Pentastar V6 engine giving faster performance with an 8 speed auto transmission under effortlessly acceleration. This luxury automobile will beat the Avalon or BMW tires off road just that powerful. 300 is a beautiful vehicle, very advanced in everything has all whistles and bells that is worth every nickel and dime putting into this car options and features in a more resale value."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

excellent road car-great gas mlg-sharp style

By on Sunday, March 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

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
9/10

Pros: "best price for a luxury car with great gas mlg"

Cons: "trans shifter is difficult to manage"

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

"I tested the new 2012 Chrysler 300 lim against new Cadillac CTS & Lincoln MKZ & MKS. I found the price new was much less than all with similar packages. The Chrysler's ride was as good as the CTS and better than the Lincoln MKZ & MKS. The engine was quiter than the caddy and much quieter than the Lincolns, which I found to be actually noisy while shifting speeds. The overall handling and ride was better than all. the 8 speed trans of the Chrysler allows the zippy 295HP v-6 to be an excellent road car and stingy on gas. I get the rated 31 mpg on the highway which is outstanding for a large 4-door sedan. The overall quality of finish and interior is excellent with sharp styling. I love this car and its fun to drive!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love to drive this vehicle on long trips

By on Saturday, January 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,056

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Can find no faults"

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

"Had problems with airbag system warning after the first month, Dealer followed the procedures for repairs, first attempt failed, Second corrected the problem, wire connection that was not visible. no other problems. Have discovered that door opening trim does not fit properly. This is a problem with this model. Gas milage is about 17.5 city and 23 highway averaging 75 - 80 MPH Love the styling."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great Value

By on Sunday, January 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,700

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Excellent ride, beautiful look - very comfortable"

Cons: "Would prefer gas cap on passenger side"

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

"An excellent value - powerful with a lot of room - and great looking. On value, compare to Cadillac CTS (I have owned one) - a CTS comparably equipped - 3.6L engine, panoramic sunroof, could be 15- 20 K more. Both excellent vehicles but no comparison on value."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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