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Chrysler 300

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Chrysler claims the 2013 300 benefits from a simplified product portfolio. Maybe so, but by our count, the 300 is available in five different guises for the 2013 model year, and that’s before counting various powertrain configurations. Three of those trim levels — the 300S, the 300C Luxury Series, and the 300 SRT8 — were added last year. New for 2013 is the all-wheel-drive Glacier Package. Cars equipped with the 3.6-liter V-6 are paired with a ZF-designed eight-speed automatic transmission and are available with all-wheel drive. That V-6 yields a stout 292 hp; a cold-air intake unique to the 300S model bumps that figure to a round 300. Eight-cylinder power is still available, as Chrysler’s 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is optional in the 300C, the 300S, and the 300C Luxury Series. Hemi-powered cars are available with all-wheel drive, but all V-8 cars are only offered with an aging five-speed automatic transmission. For the ultimate in power, opt for the SRT8. Its 6.4-liter V-8 cranks out 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, and adaptive dampers iron out body roll on the track and soak up potholes on the road. It’s a fun package, but even the lower-level 300 models are enjoyable to drive. The 300 is still a big, broad-shouldered chunk of Americana, but with more finesse and flair than ever before.

COMPETITORS

Audi A6

BMW 5-series

Hyundai Genesis

Mercedes-Benz E-class

new for 2013

A new glacier Package pairs many of the interior and exterior cosmetic touches from the 300S with the traction of all-wheel drive. Leather seating is now standard in the base 300 model, and the optional navigation system gains revised map graphics from Garmin.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, side, driver’s knee, and side curtain air bags; ABS; and traction and stability control are standard. An optional SafetyTec package adds adaptive HID headlamps, adaptive cruise control with forward-collision warning, blind-spot and rear cross-path detection, front and rear park assist, and rear foglamps.

High Mileage

MPG

CITY 14–19

HWY 23–31

PRO

Stylish

Two new trim levels

High-performance SRT8 model

CON

No eight-speed for V-8 models

A heavy hulk of a sedan

Road and wind noise

Base price range: $29,995–$53,840

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: 300, 300C, 300S, 300C Luxury Series, SRT8

BODY STYLE: Sedan, 5-passenger

ENGINES: 3.6L V-6, 292/300 hp, 260/264 lb-ft

5.7L V-8, 363 hp, 394 lb-ft

6.4L V-8, 470 hp, 470 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 5- or 8-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 106.3 cu ft

CARGO SPACE: 16.3 cu ft

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