2012 Chrysler 300 vs. Its Competition

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

There are few near-luxury, rear-drive sedans that compete with the Chrysler 300.

One of them is Chrysler's own Dodge Charger, which has much more muscular styling and lower price points, but much of the same running gear and available features.

The Hyundai Genesis is also rear-wheel drive; it doesn't offer an all-wheel-drive option, and in general its handling is tuned more softly than the Chryslers, and its styling is more generic.

Ford's Taurus is a bulky cruiser with optional AWD and a turbo SHO edition, but rear-seat room is compromised by the thick styling and the interior is less glamorous than the Chrysler's.

The Buick LaCrosse is a big, sleek four-door with a new eAssist mild-hybrid edition that gets up to 32 mpg on the highway.

Lastly, the Nissan Maxima has interesting looks, but its drivetrain is less engaging and its infotainment and safety features lag the rest of the class.

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Quick Specs
8.4
Riper and more mature, the latest Chrysler 300 has classically handsome looks and in the right versions, big rear-drive fun.
8.2
As a sophisticated, roomy, tech-savvy premium sedan—now with up to 36 mpg—the 2012 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for a lot of shoppers who want luxury on a limited budget.
8.0
Cue the Springsteen: Blue-collar virtues get the hero treatment in the 2012 Dodge Charger.
8.0
The 2012 Ford Taurus is handsome, safe, and well-equipped, but it's not as big inside as its big-car exterior suggests.
8.0
The Genesis' impressive details and execution make it a pragmatic luxury-car choice, especially in the quick, plush V-6 version.
7.8
The 2012 Nissan Maxima is a great pick if you want a stylish, sporty, comfortable, and lavishly trimmed sedan; serious sport-sedan enthusiasts should look elsewhere, however.
MSRP From     
$27,670$30,170$25,595$25,555$34,200$32,420
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas/Electric I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
Large CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarLarge CarsLarge carMid-Size
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan V6 RWD4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan SE RWD4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan V6 3.8L4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4-Door SedanSedanSedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftContinuously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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