If you want more power from your affordable large car, the 300 is also available with a 363-horsepower, 5. Suspension, f: independent, coil springs, stabilizer bar Suspension, r: independent, multi-link, coil springs, stabilizer bar Ground clearance: 4. The recall began on April 22, 2013. A 900-watt Harmon Kardon sound system is now an option on most models. As a result the same motion is used for changing from Drive to Sport or Sport to Drive, and it's very easy to get Park when you want Reverse by pushing once too often.
Inside, the 2012 300 features a well-sorted interior layout with soft touch plastics and materials that would put the previous generation 300 to shame. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Caution is recommended, though, as pairing the stiffer legs with 20-inch wheels results in untoward crashing over large pavement pocks. The 2012 Chrysler 300 has rear-wheel drive and a roofline that favors design over utility--so it's no big surprise that compared to other sedans of this size, the 300 isn't quite as roomy in back as other large front-drivers like the Toyota Avalon or even Volkswagen Passat. With gentle throttle it will get into top gear at 50 mph with the engine running just 1000 rpm, allowing level interstate cruising on minimal fuel.
The 300C gets a premium grade of leather upholstery; natural wood trim; navigation; power-adjustable pedals; and a heated steering wheel. It looks like an upscale hot rod, but we're not sure it quite pulls it off. The styling seems to work best on the standard models. Still, the 300 is competent and secure in most every situation. The color theme is black, including the ceiling headliner. The 2012 Chrysler 300S V6 with rear-wheel drive impressed us with its responsive new transmission, high mileage and luxury appeal. Fuel economy is slightly worse in all-wheel drive models.
Making that sprint disparity more impressive is the fact that this 300S outweighs the earlier car by 391 pounds, coming in at 4162. Chrysler says it's paid extra attention to visibility from inside the 300, and it's evident. The V-6 provides excellent punch off the line and revs smoothly all the way to redline. Safety With top scores in front, side and rear crash tests, as well as a top roof-strength score, the 300 is rated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Click for a full list. The front seats have good bolstering and great head room, even when a sunroof is fitted, and we like the front seats' softer-skinned leather and nice compromise between wide cushions and side bolstering.
Spreading the Load Eight forward speeds keep the engine closer to its power-band sweet spot, improving both mph and mpg. The S models add a few more elegance to the line-up Better equipped Two engine options Is still not as impressive as the competitors. A new eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are now available on V6 models, and early tests indicate that the new transmission is a winner. But the S version will add some features that will bring the 300 model a little bit closer to its competitors. Chrysler's number for this recall is S43. The biggest change to the 2012 300 applies to Pentastar V-6-equipped models, which get an eight-speed automatic transmission as either optional or standard equipment, depending on trim level.
Our only real gripes with the 300 were the Garmin navigation system's basic looks and tendency to mispronounce street names for example, La Tijera became Lane Tijera. We highly recommend opting for it. Still, the 300 is competent and secure in most every situation. The engine The base model will be powered by a 3. The 300 has the usual airbags and electronic traction controls. It has adequate power when you need it and uses minimal fuel when you don't, and never makes untoward noise or vibration.
The transmission's gearing just isn't right for track use. The 300S adds sport leather front seats; shift paddles; piano black trim; and performance tires. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. It has all of the options except the adaptive cruise control, turn signals in the side mirrors, power tilting mirrors, and rear fog lights. Safety equipment on the Chrysler 300 includes front, front side, driver knee, and side curtain air bags, electronic stability control with Brake Assist, and tire pressure monitoring system.
The optional SafetyTec package groups several safety features together. The 300C gets a premium grade of leather upholstery; natural wood trim; navigation; power-adjustable pedals; and a heated steering wheel. Our test car came with a 3. Almost every model in the competitor list offers a more luxurious interior and a better driving experience. After testing the 2012 300S, it's easy to see why Chrysler expects it to appeal to both young and old. Test drivers say that upgrading to 20-inch wheels or all-wheel drive will improve cornering ability.
You'll find plenty of places to hide things in the 300's cabin. The expensive-looking cabin wears new shapes, new trim and new materials, most of it emphatically better than ever. An optional safety package available on all but the base 300 includes adaptive headlights that swivel a few degrees in the direction of a turn, a blind spot warning system, and adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning. They say the eight-speed automatic boosts both performance and fuel economy. The V6 puts out 292 horsepower at 6350 rpm, 260 pound-feet of torque at 4800 rpm.
The 300C gets a premium grade of leather upholstery; natural wood trim; navigation; power-adjustable pedals; and a heated steering wheel. Car sales only accounted for… This forum topic comes courtesy of member Turtle-Power, who wants to know what engines are overhyped. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. You will easily notice that the 300S is not the less powerful nor the most powerful model on the market. The power band is fantastic along with the flexibility of the auto-stick shifter. Like many modern engine it makes power high up the rev band, so don't be afraid to rev it.