About chassis details responsible for road holding, handling behaviour and ride confort, the 300C has Coil springs. Except as expressly authorized by automobile-catalog. Rear Suspension : Coil springs. The styling retained many elements of the 1998 concept car, such as chrome interior accents and finishings on the steering wheel and shifter knob. For the 1999 to 2004 model, see.
Trim levels are keyed to engine size. Mitsubishi owners will be notified by their company. When you don't see the grain, you won't be offended. It's unmistakably new but distinctly familiar. But that's not the only upgrade. The engine is quiet at low revs and the ride quality, as I have said, is exceptional. Pontiac should try garlic instead.
New is a word that's frequently abused in car-biz communications, but it requires no asterisks here. The Chrysler 300 styling is distinctive, and its interior is roomy, efficient and stylish. All that Hemi power is smoothly transferred through a five speed auto transmission with a nudge up, nudge down feature. There's plenty of elbow room in there, and not much to disturb the peace save for the ready-to-rumble throb of the Hemi, provided you sign up for it. Consequently, we all have different automotive priorities and hot buttons. But if 340 horsepower doesn't seem like quite enough there are lesser V-6s of 2. I counted almost a dozen perfectly satisfying cars for less than 30K that offer nearly the same level of refinement and comfort as cars costing far more.
But during this year's test week, we saw something new. The 2006 Chrysler 300 Touring and Chrysler 300 with the Limited package vehicles are equipped with a 3. Do you see a pattern emerging here? Standard Vette, convertible, or Z06—for the money, these star-spangled sports cars offer an unbeatable combination of performance, style, and surprising utility. It uses a 2,736 cc 2. Add that to the qualities that have always distinguished Accords, such as excellent road manners, first-rate ergonomics, exemplary reliability, quality construction, high resale values, and a strong element of fun-to-drive, and you have a powerful case for calling this the best family-sedan lineup in the business.
The 300s aren't exactly light on their feet. The vehicle comes with standard rear wheel drive and available all wheel drive. It's a get-outta-my-way look that seems to be in step with the times, a look that's backed by the option of Hemi V-8 power. Featuring a 3:91 gear ratio, sport-tuned suspension, and unique badging, only 500 Mopar Edition 300's were made. It also has bigger and more powerful front brakes, because the engine is some 300 pounds heavier than the V6, and the car is considerably faster. A Limited package also is available on both the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations of the 300 Touring model.
Trailer-park Formica looks worse as the acreage goes up. With the 300C, it's all about the growl, the sweet-sounding exhaust note coming from subtle pipes under the rear bumper. Well, we had a pretty good idea of the answer to that question. Audi's A4 tranny ignores the driver's wishes, upshifting and downshifting at its own intervals. With the recent trend toward burying radio functions under three menu levels in some impassive electronic Cyclops, how refreshing to just reach over and twirl a knob for a station change—particularly in vehicles with someone else's station presets.
It's a foundation that helps make the most of a strut-and-live-axle setup, in ride as well as handling, and that's important when you're trying to maximize 300 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. The bottom line: sports-car fun with an element of practicality you just might be able to sell to a significant other. This model was renamed Touring Plus for the 2009 and 2010 model years. Based on the Chrysler 300S, the Glacier Edition adds signature details not found on other Chrysler 300 models. It automatically and quickly adjusts high-beam brightness and intensity, depending on the surrounding nighttime light sources.
This Special Edition Chrysler 300 was designed by Mopar Performance to mark Mopar's 75th anniversary. Think muscular elegance, a Pro Bowl linebacker in black tie. The 300 Touring also adds on the goodies: leather interior, 17-inch machined-face aluminum wheels, and fog lamps. Of course, if we had the European version with the famous Mercedes Benz turbo diesel engine, we could probably save even more. Handling and steering are precise, ride quality supple, even with the sport package, and the top still flips open with one arm. This is a slightly bigger 3, with a little more rear-seat legroom and a bit more heft at the curb.
A five-speed automatic is available, if you must. A front-seat seat belt alert, which chimes to remind occupants to buckle up, and a speed control instrument panel indicator light also are featured on all 2006 Chrysler 300 vehicles. With curb weights running north of 3300 pounds, it's no lightweight, but it feels light on its feet, quick to respond, and quick out of the blocks, thanks to its 197-hp, 2. This could be exhibited in fine road manners, or a striking look, or a powerful engine, but in every category we seek some form of automotive satisfaction. Finally, we are suckers for value. And let us not forget braking.