Chrysler's 300 sedan looks more like a luxury car than a standard-sized American sedan, and for 2007 it gets even more limo-like with a new stretched-wheelbase version that provides more than 46 inches of rear leg room (compared to 40.2 in the already comfortable standard version). Also new for the 2007 model year is the availability of such additional luxury-car features as adaptive cruise control that maintains a safe distance between your vehicle and the one ahead, SmartBeam headlamps, heated rear seats, an auto-dimming passenger-side rearview mirror, as well as turn signals and "puddle" lamps built into the exterior mirrors.
Chrysler re-launched the full-size, rear-wheel-driven, V-8-powered American sedan for 2005 in the form of the 300, and the car proved popular with a wide and diverse demographic base of consumers. With its Bentley-like exterior design (Chrysler calls the design "stunning" and "noble") the 300 appealed to seemingly everyone from senior citizens to tuners who quickly found ways to customize the car's appearance with various aftermarket accessories.
While the exterior styling continues for another model year, there are several new colors available, and the Chrysler 300 also becomes available in a new long-wheelbase version that puts 6 more inches between the front and rear axles, with most of that added length benefiting those sitting in the back seat with a lot more leg room. Those sitting in back also can have heated seats for even more limo-like comfort. The long-wheelbase version is available in the 300 Touring and 300C rear-wheel-drive models.
The standard Chrysler 300 comes with rear-wheel drive, a 190-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 engine and 4-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, a CD audio system, a power driver's seat, adjustable lumbar support for both front seats, power windows/locks, keyless entry, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and more. The 300 Touring is available with rear- or all-wheel drive, has a 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 5-speed automatic transmission, electronic stability control, traction control, fog lamps, and more. The 300C adds a 340-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine, 18-inch wheels, a 276-watt Boston Acoustics audio system, dual exhaust, power-adjustable pedals, and more. Also available is the 300C SRT8, a high-performance version, with a 425-hp, 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 and enhanced suspension and other hardware, including 20-inch wheels.
The Chrysler 300 competes in the Large Conventional segment, which consists of 14 models. Buyers in this segment look for performance, comfort, and exterior styling, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Chevrolet Impala (289,868 units sold), Chrysler 300 (143,647), and Dodge Charger (114,201). The Chrysler 300's 143,647 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 0.3 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Conventional segment include the Pontiac Grand Prix, Buick Lucerne, Toyota Avalon, Ford Five Hundred, and Nissan Maxima.
|Base||4 speed automatic||$24,445||190-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||21/28|
|Touring||5 speed automatic||$28,445||250-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||19/27|