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Americans have flocked to the 300 chiefly because of its bold styling
Kelley Blue Book
Interior features a simple but elegant layout
Bold and imposing
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Car and Driver
When it comes to affordable large cars, not much out there is better than the 300 at making an impression. The big, retro-themed Chrysler sedan has been around for half a decade, but it still turns heads with its strong and imposing styling that harkens back to the days when Chrysler was king of the hill.
With its debut for the 2005 model year, the Chrysler 300 forged a new direction, and since then its rather boxy but low look has aged well. It’s still a head-turner—something that can't be said of most other big sedan competitors. New for 2010 are some minor styling upgrades, including chromed door handles and front and rear fascia accents for the 300 Touring model. One of the more unusual features of the Chrysler 300, according to Edmunds, is the "Walter P. Chrysler Executive Series long-wheelbase package available on Touring and 300C trim levels," which "adds 6 inches to the standard wheelbase to increase rear seat legroom." Apart from the long-wheelbase version, there's not a lot to distinguish the trims from the exterior, since they all feature what Kelley Blue Book describes as "large slab-side panels, a high 'belt-line' and narrow side windows [that] give the 300 an appearance reminiscent of a custom chop-top cruiser."
New for the 2010 Chrysler 300 Touring are standard chromed door handles, just like its more expensive siblings in the 300 lineup. All that chrome and other flashy styling elements lead Kelley Blue Book to advise that "if you're looking for something inconspicuous, say, for a stakeout, the Chrysler 300 might not be your best option." Cars.com further describes that the exterior of the 2010 Chrysler 300C offers "standard chromed door handles [and] 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels," while there is a "new chrome grille and 20-inch aluminum wheels on [the] Heritage edition."
The Chrysler 300 interior was redesigned for 2008, and the improvements made for that year carry into the 2010 model. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com definitely appreciate the styling improvements. Edmunds also favors the "simple but elegant layout that benefited from last year's new instrument panel, center console design and upgraded surfaces," while ConsumerGuide likes how "all controls are within easy reach" and loves that "the navigation system is relatively simple to use, despite a small screen." Cars.com reports that the Chrysler 300's "instruments have a watch-face style, and 300C drivers get a steering wheel with leather accents." Kelley Blue Book has one of the more critical voices, warning that "some may find the interior color choices drab," but the reviewer says that "despite the 300 SRT8's somewhat colorless interior, exquisite touches, such as the faux tortoise shell steering wheel on the 300C, add an air of individuality and elegance."
The 2010 Chrysler 300 lineup isn't fresh, but it carries a handsome, uniquely American look that's aging well.