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2009 Chrysler 300C Sedan - Overview

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$37,135 – $44,160 MSRP

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • New generation of Hemi V-8 engine, up to 359 hp and 389 lb.-ft. of torque
  • New Hemi V-8 engine now 5-percent more fuel-efficient
  • All-wheel-drive models get Active Transfer Case with Front-Axle Disconnect
  • Front side and curtain side air bags now optional instead of standard on most models
  • Chrysler 300 Limited and 300C get comfort-tuned suspension
  • Chrysler 300C Heritage gets performance suspension, shocks and steering
  • Additional chrome interior trim for LX model
  • Trunk has cargo net, grocery bag hooks, scuff plate and lid liner
  • LED lights added to map pockets and front cupholders
  • 300C's available adaptive cruise control adds normal cruise control
  • SRT8 model gets new front grille, standard sunroof, and revised suspension calibrations
  • MyGIG hard drive radio now called UConnect Tunes and UConnect GPS when ordered with navigation system
Overview
Chrysler replaced the front-wheel-drive (FWD) Concorde for the 2005 model year by re-launching the full-size, rear-wheel-driven (RWD), V-8-powered American sedan in the form of the 300. All-wheel drive (AWD) and V-6 power were also offered, and in 2007 Chrysler added a long-wheelbase version with 6 more inches between the front and rear axles. The Chrysler 300 has seating for 5, and the extra length of the long-wheelbase body style manifests itself as rear-seat leg room. The Chrysler 300 lineup is topped by the high-performance 300C SRT8 model with a 425-hp V-8 engine.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Chrysler 300 lineup includes 11 different models, including five trim levels, RWD, AWD, and long-wheelbase versions. The list starts with the RWD Chrysler 300 LX that comes with cloth upholstery, 8-way power driver's seat, cruise control, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD player, and P215/65R17 tires on aluminum wheels. The Touring trim level is offered for RWD, AWD, and long-wheelbase models. It adds leather seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lamps, and automatic headlights. AWD Touring models have P225/60R18 tires on chromed aluminum wheels, and, like all AWD models, Chrysler's new Active Transfer Case with Front-Axle Disconnect. The Limited trim level comes in RWD or AWD. It adds heated front seats; 8-way power passenger's seat; power-adjustable pedals; electronic vehicle information center; universal garage door opener; auto-dimming rearview mirror; Chrysler's Reconfigurable Display; UConnect Tunes hard-drive radio with 6-disc CD changer; and a 276-watt Boston Acoustics sound system. The Limited AWD has performance brakes. The 300C trim is available in RWD, AWD, the long-wheelbase body style, and as a new 300C Heritage model. Standard 300C equipment includes a power tilt/telescoping steering column; memory for the driver's seat, mirrors, steering wheel, pedals and radio; remote engine starting; rain-sensing wipers; universal garage door opener; and performance brakes. The 300C Heritage model has a chromed grille; upgraded Boston Acoustics sound system with subwoofer; heated rear seats; 20-inch wheels; and performance suspension, shocks and steering. The high-performance SRT8 model has leather and suede upholstery, sunroof, rear spoiler, Xenon headlights, performance suspension, Brembo brakes, and P245/45R20 front and P255/45R20 rear performance tires on aluminum wheels.

Additional options include adaptive cruise control that now includes normal cruise control; a rear-seat DVD entertainment system that is available with UConnect Studios with Sirius Backseat TV; Chrysler's UConnect Phone hands-free cell phone link; Chrysler's UConnect Tunes hard-drive radio; and Chrysler's UConnect GPS that includes UConnect Tunes plus a navigation system and UConnect Phone.

Powertrain
The 2009 Chrysler 300's architecture, internally called LX, shares elements of the last-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan. Four engines and two transmissions are offered. The base LX model has a 2.7-liter, dual-overhead-cam V-6 engine generating 178 hp and 190 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The 300 Touring model uses a 3.5-liter, single-overhead-cam V-6 engine that produces 250 hp and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. It also comes with the 4-speed automatic transmission, but Touring AWD models have a 5-speed automatic transmission with Chrysler's AutoStick manual-shift feature. The 300C uses the next generation of Chrysler's Hemi 5.7-liter, overhead-valve V-8 engine. It now delivers 359 hp and 389 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5.7-liter Hemi comes with Chrysler's Multi-Displacement System technology, which shuts down four cylinders under light load conditions to conserve fuel. The SRT8 has a larger, 6.1-liter version of the Hemi engine that develops 425 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. The SRT8 also has a 5-speed automatic transmission with the AutoStick feature. EPA fuel-economy estimates are 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the 2.7-liter V-6 engine; 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the 3.5-liter V-6 engine with RWD; 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway for the 3.5-liter V-6 engine with AWD; 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the 5.7-liter V-8 engine; and 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway for the 6.1-liter V-8 engine.

The AWD models' new Active Transfer Case with Front-Axle Disconnect transitions between AWD and RWD automatically. When AWD is not required, the system disconnects the front axle and opens the transfer case from the drivetrain to reduce friction and therefore increase fuel economy, Chrysler says. AWD mode can be chosen manually by shifting to AutoStick mode or by using the windshield wipers for an extended period of time.

Safety
All 2009 Chrysler 300s have dual-stage front air bags. Head-protecting side curtain air bags and torso-protecting front side-impact air bags are optional for all models. Anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control, and electronic stability control are standard on all but the LX model, where they're optional. Also optional are rear park assist and a tire-pressure monitor.

The Chrysler 300 has earned 5-star ratings for the driver and front passenger from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for front-impact crash protection, and a 4-star rating for the driver and a 5-star rating for the rear passenger in side-impact tests. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Chrysler 300 has earned a "Good" rating for frontal offset crash protection, a "Marginal" rating for side-impact protection ("Poor" without the optional front side and curtain side air bags); and a "Marginal" rating for rear crash protection.

Technology
Limited, 300C, and 300C SRT8 models have a "Reconfigurable Display" located in the vehicle information center. It displays what Chrysler calls "performance pages." This feature can provide readouts of lateral and longitudinal G forces, 1/8- and 1/4-mile time and speed, 0-60 mph time, and braking distance. Chrysler's MyGIG hard drive radio is now known as UConnect Tunes and UConnect GPS. Both versions come with a 6.5-inch touch screen and a 30-gigabyte hard drive to hold songs and pictures. UConnect GPS includes a navigation system with voice control and real-time traffic information. This system also comes with Chrysler's UConnect phone wireless cell phone link, and the hard drive holds the navigation map information. Also available is UConnect Studios, which offers Sirius satellite radio and Sirius Backseat TV with three children's channels.

Available Trims for the 2009 Chrysler 300C Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Hemi 5 speed automatic $37,135 360-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 16/25
Base 5 speed automatic $39,175 360-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 16/23
SRT8 5 speed automatic $44,160 425-hp / 6.1L 8-cyl 13/19

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