A small gully had served as a funnel for cars whose drivers had drained their talent tanks, and after passing through a debris field of doors and air-cleaner covers, we found what we had come for. The flat-nose front end and horizontal grille stand in stark contrast to the previous model's protruding egg-crate grille, but the look is growing on us and Chrysler offers a number of aftermarket grilles as well. Wednesdays and Thursdays were good days, starting around 9 p. The only issue is a small rust spot on top of the windshield see last picture. Its identity plate still shined on the bulkhead like a dog tag for this proud son of Germany, still lying where it fell on foreign shores. He told me about the prices and showed me some pictures.
Engine Under the hood, Chrysler has placed a 6. A page of performance timers allow the driver or willing passengers to measure the same tests we do, like 0-60 mph and quarter-mile acceleration and 60-0 mph braking. The new design allows for increased compression—now 10. Have a heavy right foot? The familiar 300 silhouette is still easily recognizable, but there is a softer, more mature feel to the design. The entry-priced 2012 Chrysler 300 sedan is a lot of car for the money, featuring keyless entry and start, a big 8.
Nappa leather covers the door bolster, armrest, and center console armrest. Those qualities earned them a pass for their shortcomings—which included occasionally crashy suspensions, plasticky interiors, turret-like outward vision, and a five-speed automatic transmission that could have used an additional ratio or three. The new cabin is as good as the last one was bad. All other models employ a 5-speed automatic. New contoured palm rests and paddle shift controls located on both sides of the wheel ensure a comfortable steering experience. The 2012 Chrysler 300's 3.
But, unlike those early giants, this full-size 4-door can handle like a German sport sedan, accelerate like a hyped-up muscle machine, and impress the neighbors as if it cost twice the price. Shop was all locked down with no workers inside. Nor is the upper back portion as comfortable as we had hoped. I was staring at him and he realized he didn't make sense and told me it was actually sold yesterday but was picked up this morning. The Dodge should return identical numbers. If you like thick-rimmed steering wheels, you'll be happy to find in the new Chrysler 300 one of the world's thickest. Passenger comfort is paramount for the Chrysler 300, which offers generous legroom for both front and rear passengers, but the trade-off is a rather small trunk.
Sean showed up at 10:25 am in the morning telling me without any apologies that both of the vehicles were sold this morning. The tall doors and narrow windows are still in place, although there is more glass in the rear for improved visibility. Besides the red-and-black leather and suede upholstery, the only add-ons are a dual-panel sunroof, the Leather Premium Interior package leather-covered armrests, door tops, console lid, and dash , a 19-speaker! This is a very luxurious brute of a car! Our biggest complaint falls on the five-speed automatic, with its delayed responses and disappointing shift quality. That's what is for, an in-your-face machine, with stiffer suspension to boot. There's enough thrust here to challenge a Porsche Cayman S across an intersection with a 0—60 time of 4.
Underneath the blend of distinctly American and borrowed cues lies a surprising and immensely gratifying machine. Careful throttle control can induce easy mid-corner corrections. Is it worth the extra coin? Oil is routed to the cast-aluminum oilpan with crank scrapers and kept there with a windage tray before being sucked up and passed through an oil cooler. According to the book The Mulholland Experience, a detailed history by local authors Chris Banning and Dan Magee, it was soon discovered by Duesenberg-wheeling stars such as Gary Cooper. Despite all the improvements, the 2012 Chrysler 300 still doesn't top the resale values chart, with 5-year projected values falling well below the Toyota Avalon and sedans, but nearly on par with the Ford Taurus and Buick LaCrosse. The model will be built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
Heated and cooled seats are standard, along with heated rears, as is the 8. Its 470-horsepower Hemi V8 can rocket it to 60 mph in under 5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 175 mph. Like its predecessor, it works hard to fight its mass, but physics is difficult to overcome, particularly when the vehicle weight has slightly increased over its predecessor's. Interior The interior upgrades are a bit spunkier than the exterior which give us hope that the focus was aimed more so at performance than looks. Mild understeer is the default response, but the gas pedal acts as a yaw input device. I would not hesitate to deal with Clay on another vehicle. Not until I climbed a twisty mountain road did I appreciate knowing the transmission and engine-oil temperatures.
For more details on the new Hemi, check out our. We don't think this will bother most owners, as a car like the 2012 Chrysler 300 sedan is built more for cruising 'cross country than carving up twisting back roads. The eagerness with which the 300 powerslides approaches the space reserved for the M3. The 300 simply receives a tastefully appointed dark grille and muted gray chrome wheels. Stability-control thresholds are set high enough to allow some exploration of the bounds of grip without electro-nanny intrusion. However, when riding on 20-inch wheels and clad in gloss black paint, the 2012 Chrysler 300 sedan still lets its tough persona shine through.
It starts at the seats, which are firm and well-bolstered. The optional Radar Red Nappa leather is a bit on the loud side, but dark and classy enough not to be garish. It's fine in Drive, but use the new trigger-like steering-wheel-mounted paddles and these gearchanges are quick, but harsh. Farther down, a green Porsche 914 lay on its belly in a streambed, the useful parts stripped long ago. Quiet Highway Ride The 2012 Chrysler 300 offers a bunch of tech-based features worth highlighting, but the most memorable first impression is the remarkably quiet cabin. You simply don't expect the level of control and communication it provides.