2012 Chrysler 300 Styling

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The Chrysler 300 is classy, ornate, and a swaggering hulk of a sedan, with a uniquely American look.

Thanks to the redesign it received last model year, the 2012 Chrysler 300 is a more appealing luxury machine in almost every sense. The broad-shouldered look is more muted than in the first-generation car, and the cartoonish grille, faux-Bentley look, and brash details are toned down. Smaller headlights wear LED eyeliner, while the fenders are more rectilinear, especially on the rear where they've picked up some of the intricate stamped-in details seen on the current Ford Taurus, Buick LaCrosse, even the most recent E-Class. From dead on, the rear end's vertical-tube taillamps have never glowed as expensively. If they were any thinner, they'd strike a distinctly Caddy note. Yet suave's the word, not showy.

The 2012 Chrysler 300 is a swaggering, uniquely American, and surprisingly suave sedan.

And for that reason we think the subdued 19-inch wheels are more fitting; 20-inch chrome wheels are still available and provide the bold note others will want.

The cabin's richer, too, with regrouped controls and an LCD touchscreen taking a place in the middle of the dash, ringed in metallic trim. The expensive-looking cabin wears new shapes, new trim and new materials, most of it emphatically better than ever. The cockpit doesn't look so plain anymore, with its timepiece-faced gauges. Wood trim swaps out for a carbon-fiber look on some versions, while others wear a more naturally finished wood that's modern and elegant.

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