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2011 Chrysler 300: Better Equipped, Better Value

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The refreshed 2011 Chrysler 300 sedans might not look that much different from their predecessors on the outside, but inside you'll see a difference. In addition to a new base engine and extensively upgraded appointments for what's essentially an all-new cabin, the Chrysler 300 is set to wow with respect to features.

Base 2011 Chrysler 300 models now come with a mother lode of standard features—much more than the 2010 Chrysler 300—yet at $27,995, including a $825 destination charge, the 2011 is actually $15 less than last year's base model, which included a weak 2.7-liter V-6 and a feature set that stood without standard electronic stability control.

The 2011 Chrysler 300 Touring and Limited models will be powered by a 292-horsepower version of Chrysler's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. 300C models will come with a 363-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine that includes Fuel Saver (cylinder deactivation) Technology. Compared with the previous 3.5-liter V-6, Chrysler says that the 3.6-liter achieves an eight percent fuel-economy improvement; meanwhile the V-6 can get the 300C to 60 mph in less than six seconds.

Among the most noteworthy standard features—ones that aren't typically included on a base car—are USB with iPod control, an SD card rearer, dual-zone climate control, steering-wheel audio controls, and an acoustic windshield. LED lighting is used throughout the interior, and a 12-way power driver's seat is included, plus Black Comodo Elm interior trim.

Leather seats, heated front seats, UConnect Voice Command (Bluetooth), a rear backup camera, Alpine premium audio, and LED-illuminated cupholders are extras included in the 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited, in addition to heated, power-folding outside mirrors, fog lamps, chrome-clad wheels, and additional chrome trim. A Luxury Group brings the price up to $35,245 but includes a host of premium luxury features such as Black or Dark Olive Ash Burl interior trim, Nappa leather inserts, heated/ventilated seats, heated rear seats, auto-dimming mirrors, power-adjustable pedals, seats, and steering column, and Satin Chrome doorsills and LED-illuminated footwells.

V-8-powered 2011 Chrysler 300C models start at $38,995 and get a Garmin navigation system, Sirius Travel Link, a heated steering wheel, power adjustable pedals, and many of the extras that are offered in the Limited Luxury Group. At the top of the lineup is the 300C AWD (all-wheel drive), which starts at $41,145, rides a little bit higher, and includes larger wheels and tires.

For the first time, Chrysler is also offering a SafetyTec option group on the 300, including adaptive forward lighting, HID headlamps, adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, rain-sensing wipers, and ParkSense front and rear sensors, plus several other extras.

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  1. Instead of Chrysler fighting with Damiler, they should have retained the existing agreement that was to supply the 3.0 CDI engine. This engine would have been a great option for either the 300 or Jeep Grand Cherokee to give them either best or near best in class fuel economy.
     
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  2. That diesel engine is also very expensive, so hardly anyone could afford it in this price segment. You might as well get the E class.
     
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  3. So few people would be interested in a diesel that it would not be worth the investment. Anyone of the two Chrysler engines will get you 200,000 miles, excellent performance and very good economy, what's the point? I'm so sick of this diesel discussion already, lets move on euro wanna be crowd,PLEASE!.
    Now it's time to get folks out of their BMWs etc and into this beauty.
     
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  4. The Lancia version will probably come with a Diesel from Motori (the tractor manufacturer) eventually :-)
    It's a neat-looking and optioned vehicle but as always, Chrysler comes with this stuff a few years too late... 8K discounts here we come.
     
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  5. Surely this is a mis-statement that the V6 engine will propel this car 0-60 in less than 6 seconds. A clarification should be issued to say whether this is indeed claimed, or that time belongs with the hemi V8.
     
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  6. I own a Chrysler 300 Touring, which I love except for the rear wheel drive. The stability package I like but the rear drive does not compare to the front wheel drive. I live in the mountains and the rear wheel drive just doesn't cut it here. When the roads are bad I use my old 98 Stratus. It will climb a tree with that front wheel drive. Looks like the 2011 will continue with the rear wheel drive.
     
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  7. I have both front and rear wheel drive cars, including a 2009 300c Heritage edition. I love this car and believe this car needs to be always rear wheel drive. I'm intersted in the 2011 hopefully they will offer something simular to the Heritage.
     
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  8. I still think a diesel would be nice in this car for the huge amounts of torque produced by those engines coupled with outstanding economy. Also why would anyone be surprised with a V6 0-60 time of under 6 seconds when that motor is almost 300 h.p.? Finally, no one should buy RWD if his primary concern is poor weather traction, that is why they offer an AWD option on the 300. FWD may be better in snow than RWD, but RWD will most often handle better in good weather.
     
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