2012 Chrysler 300

The 2012 Chrysler 300 has a lot to offer. This particular vehicle really changed the image of the company and provided a new look for Chrysler. There are several changes put into the 2012 model, including unique enhancements.

It's a vehicle that has style, room and a design that fits the personality of any driver. The sedan models of the 300 include: base, Limited, S V6, C, S V8, C luxury series and the SRT8.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Luxury Sedan Base Price: $28,670.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.1 gallons (72l) MPG: 19 city / 31 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 198.6 in. (504.4 cm) Wheel Base: 120.2 in. (305.3 cm)
Height: 58.4 in. (148.3 cm) Width: 75 in. (190.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 3999 lbs (1814 kg) Ground Clearance: 4.7 in. (11.9 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 16.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: V6 DOHC VVT Displacement: 3.6 Liter
Horsepower: 292 HP Max RPM: 6350 RPM
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Limited RWD MSRP: $32,670; MPG: 19 city / 31 hwy
Option:300S RWD MSRP: $33,670; MPG: 19 city / 31 hwy
Option:300C RWD 5.7L V8 HEMI® MSRP: $38,670; MPG: 16 city / 25 hwy
Option:300S 5.7L V8 HEMI® MSRP: $39,670; MPG: 16 city / 25 hwy
Option:300C Luxury 5.7L V8 HEMI® MSRP: $42,170; MPG: 16 city / 25 hwy
Option:STR8® RWD 6.4L V8 HEMI® MSRP: $26145; MPG: 16 city / 25 hwy
Option:300S MOPAR 12 RWD MSRP: $49,525; MPG: 16 city / 25 hwy

Engine

On the base 300 model, the engine is a 3.6L V6 with VVT, that produces 292 horsepower. The engine type is flex-fuel and it has a turning circle of 38.9 feet. Stabilizer bars in the front and back along with an independent suspension help this vehicle produce a smooth ride on all terrains. The rear wheel drive is there for added control.

Performance

With 24 valves and an 8-speed automatic transmission, the 300 is pretty quick. The flex fuel use helps it save on gas and the mileage it gets in the city is 19. On the highway it can get an estimated 31 miles per gallon. The range in miles in the city is 362.9 and on the highway is 592.1. It takes unleaded gas and can hold 19.1 gallons in the tank.

Exterior

A range of colors are available for you to choose from. These include: brown, pearl, purple, red and more. There are also a couple of interior color options for a more customized look. The wheels are 17" and come with P215/65R T all-season tires on them.

Intermittent wipers, cargo tie downs and a rear defogger all come standard as well, along with the spare tire. It has a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds and a ground clearance of 4.7 inches.

Interior

The passenger power seat allows you to adjust it four different ways. The driver's seat is also powered and can be adjusted 8 different ways. Both are in cloth and bucket seats. Power door locks, mirrors and windows are help make it all easy.

There are cup holders for all seats and power outlets in the front. Climate controls and air filtration contribute to a more enjoyable ride at the proper temperature. Six speakers, satellite radio, CD player and am/fm come included for entertainment.

Safety & Reliability

Anti-lock brakes are included as is traction and stability control. Airbags are located throughout the vehicle so all passengers are protected. The headrests are there for added neck support and whiplash protection for the driver. An automatic trunk release is located in the back and there are child safety features included as well.

Pros

  • Stylish with a sporty design
  • Base model is very affordable and includes a lot of new upgrades.
  • Ride is comfortable and quiet.
  • Engine is quick.
  • Nice sound system.

Cons

  • Low visibility in the rear
  • Can be expensive with added options

The 2012 Chrysler 300 is truly a car that any driver can appreciate. It can accommodate families but is also great for single drivers. There is a lot of space but that doesn't make it bulky or extremely large.

Competition

The Buick LaCrosse (MSRP $30,170; 25 city / 36 hwy), Honda Accord EX (MSRP $25,205; 23 city / 34 hwy), and the Toyota Camry (MSRP $22,055; 25 city / 35 hwy) gets a much better mileage compared to the 300 and the Ford Taurus SEL (MSRP $27,755; 18 city / 27 hwy).

Overall Rating
81 out of 100

What others say:

“The 300 has a charming interior that's now luxury-class, in both materials and refinement.”Car Connection

“No matter how you slice it, these are still large, heavy cars that won't win any handling contests. Still, the 300 is competent and secure in most every situation. Body lean in fast turns is moderate, but the steering lacks feel. ”Consumer Guide

“Chrysler's flagship, the 300C, is muscular and luxurious. An extensive freshening has made this cruiser a lot more competitive.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“The 2012 Chrysler 300 sedan is one of the few remaining big, powerful, rear-wheel-drive American luxury sedans, a layout that was once the hallmark of Detroit's Big Three.”KBB

“Comfortable ride; quiet interior; powerful engines; upscale interior materials; generous features list; high-quality sound systems; available all-wheel drive.”Edmunds