2007 Chrysler 300

Performance


$3,565 - $8,662

2007 Chrysler 300 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2007 Chrysler 300 was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.0

Reviewers agree that the upgraded 300C model offers the best overall driving experience, with the base model V6 hailed as lackluster in comparison to the impressive V8 options. "The base 300 is a bit underpowered," summarizes Automobile Magazine, "but the mid-level 300s deliver the right amount of performance for most consumers at an attractive price point."

Edmunds calls the top 300's, the 2007 Chrysler 300C and the 2007 Chrysler SRT8, "performance-oriented models," with the SRT8 "tuned and equipped for maximum performance." "The 300C, however, is the true standout," says Automobile Magazine, "quickening an enthusiast's pulse by incorporating all the things we love about American cars-style, presence, lots of horsepower, and a mean V-8 engine note-along with some of the sophistication we've come to expect of the best German cars." "It's not enough to say this car is fast," says the Los Angeles Times of the SRT8. "It's huge and fast, and the sensation of this slab-sided four-door accelerating to 60 mph in 5 seconds -- at which point, really, it's just getting its stride -- is something to behold." The Boston Globe adds that this sedan "feels like you're driving an Autobahn burner."

Acceleration and Power

The 2007 Chrysler 300 has several different engine options, starting with the base model that offers a 2.7-liter V6 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. The majority of reviewers find this level of power inadequate for the size of the car. As Edmunds notes of the 300's "3,700-pound curb weight (almost 300 pounds heavier than a 2004 Concorde LX), the power-to-weight ratio is not good. We spent an hour driving a base 300. The engine was reasonably calm at cruising speeds but quickly broke a sweat during simple maneuvers in suburban traffic." Automobile Magazine says that "You're not going to get anywhere in a hurry if you opt for the base 300, as it's powered by a sweet but under-endowed 2.7-liter V-6 engine that makes 190-horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque." Cars.com says that the base model 2007 Chrysler 300 "feels especially solid and substantial," and "delivers adequate power for mountainous terrain, but no true surplus. Except for a slight snarl when pushing hard while climbing, the V-6 is very quiet." Forbes adds that with the 300 base model, "You'll get there, but n-o-t-v-e-r-y-f-a-s-t." The 300 base trim gets an EPA estimated 26 miles per gallon on the highway and 18 mpg in the city. Motor Week recommends the V6 engine is for "more sedate drivers," as it delivers "smooth, civilized performance."

The next-level Chrysler 300 Touring and Limited models bump the horsepower up to 250 while keeping a V6 engine, and offer a five-speed automatic transmission. However, opinions of these models are scarce, as reviewers chose to focus on the more powerful 300C, with a 340-horsepower V8 engine, and the 300C SRT8, boasting a 425-horsepower V8 engine. The 300C and racing model 300C SRT8 impress the majority. Forbes gushes, "On the highway, the 300C really shines. Power is effortless, the motor is nicely isolated but never dead quiet (the aim isn't Lexus luxury, it's all-American power) and passing is a snap." U.S. News' Rick Newman calls the 2007 Chrysler 300C engine "a return to the glory days of mouthy muscle cars. It is powerful indeed but also confidently quiet, with a smooth-shifting five-speed automatic." "Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission," says Automobile Magazine, "gives the 300C a surprising turn of speed." Car and Driver adds that the 300 "muscles right past anything approaching its size and price." "With the 300C, it's all about the growl," says New Car Test Drive, "a sweet-sounding exhaust note coming from subtle pipes under the rear bumper."

The 2007 Chrysler 300 SRT8, the Detroit News admits, has an "immense jolt of power is almost frightening, partly because it is available instantaneously. In fact, it requires constant attention not to chirp the tires on takeoff." Automobile Magazine says, "The SRT8 is fast, mean, and a riot to drive-plus it's priced many thousands less than competitive models." Motor Week affirms, "that Hemi does hook up! It feels even bigger and bolder than in Dodge trucks, with the fat power and an aggressive sound of a classic Detroit V8."

However, the 2007 Chrysler 300's fuel consumption decreases as the trim level increases. The 300 AWD model gets an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon on the highway and 15 in the city, and the performance-driven 300 SRT8 gets an EPA-estimated 18 miles per gallon on the highway, 13 in the city.

Handling and Braking

Most reviewers find the 2007 Chrysler 300 handling fitting for this large sedan, but prefer the notable ride delivery of the 300C trim level. "Ride quality is one of the 300's assets," reports Edmunds. "Even though the suspension feels taut in the corners, it's suitably smooth when cruising down the highway." 

Cars.com says the 2007 Chrysler 300 "steers easily and demands just enough effort to impart a semi-sporty sensation. You can expect a confident feel through winding roads." MSN calls the steering "quick," noting that it adds to a "good road feel." "Steering and stability feel even more certain and secure in the 300C compared with the Touring," writes Cars.com. Edmunds writes that, "Although its weighting and response to driver input are both acceptable, it doesn't offer much feedback from the road considering the sedan's sporting personality."

Road and Track auto writers praise the 2007 Chrysler 300C for its "impressive" ride quality, claiming for such "a smooth-riding car, the 300C corners with minimal body roll," adding that "steering feels precise on center, and effort required ramps up in a natural way as the wheel is turned." New Car Test Drive adds that they "tossed the big 300C from side-to-side through switchback turns, and it beautifully maintained an even keel, with an insignificant amount of body lean, especially considering that it's called a family sedan, not a high-performance sports sedan." Automobile Magazine says that the 2007 Chrysler 300C "has balanced steering, fine brakes, a supple ride, and good handling, thanks to its rear-wheel-drive layout and all-around independent suspension that has a lot in common with the far pricier Mercedes Benz E-Class." MSN says the "Mercedes E-Class suspension helps provide sharp handling," and adds that the ride is "on the firm side, but is supple." New Car Test Drive says the ride is "smooth, solid and comfortable and the cabin is very quiet," adding that the handling is "tight."

In contrast, Car and Driver calls the suspension on the 2007 Chrysler 300C "slightly crusty." Playboy explains that "On the open road it's a powerful and confident performer, but in cramped situations it drives like a bloated tank, and it's sluggish and spongy in stop-and-go traffic."

After 15 years of showcasing front-wheel drive sedans, Chrysler shifts its focus to rear-wheel performance with the 2007 Chrysler 300, and offers all-wheel-drive options on its Touring, Limited, and 300C models. As Auto Mall USA explains, "Back then, there were engineering cases for front-wheel drive, including reduced manufacturing costs and more compact packaging. But new technology has made rear-wheel drive preferable again. Traction control, electronic stability programs, anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake distribution all improve the driver's ability to control the car." The auto reviewer also notes, "Rear-wheel drive is much better than front wheel drive for managing horsepower." The 300's Touring, Limited, and 300C models also have all-wheel-drive options. New Car Test Drive says that returning to rear-wheel drive for a large American sedan is considered a "benefit," as it "ads to the driving pleasure."

Reports are mixed in the braking arena. While Car and Driver points out that "body pitching in the corners and under braking (a reliable 184 feet from 70 mph under a firm pedal) is minimal, the movements sharp and controlled." MSN says the brake pedal has "a reassuring feel, and stopping distances from highway speeds are short." Cars.com, in contrast, notes that "The pedal feel is decent, but feathering the brake effects only so-so response on application and even less on release. If there's one weak link in the whole car, this is it." Road and Track finds that the brakes on the 300C, when dabbed, "met with little slop and a firm feel that's easy to modulate." AutoWeek adds that "most could do without the copious amount of brake dust produced by the car's big Brembo brake pads."

Performance Options

Chrysler 300 Base Model:

The 2007 Chrysler 300 Base model comes with a 2.7-liter V6, 24-valve engine, rear-wheel drive, a four-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, independent front and rear suspension and rack and pinion steering

Great American Package Model:

The Great American Package model has the same base features as the base model, but offers additional features, such as anti-lock brakes, brake assist, and four-speed traction control.

Touring Model:

The 2007 Chrysler 300 Touring trim level comes with a 3.5-liter high-output V6 24-valve engine, a five-speed automatic transmission, a choice between rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, Brake Assist, electronic stability program, all-speed traction control and anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, front and rear independent suspension, and rack and pinion steering. The Touring Signature series is available only in RWD.

Limited Model:

The 2007 Chrysler 300 Limited trim level shares the same engine as the Touring model and adds 18 inch aluminum chrome wheels and a four-wheel independent touring suspension.

300C Model:

The 2007 Chrysler 300C model comes with a 5.7-liter HEMI® Multi Displacement Engine, a choice between rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, a five-speed automatic transmission, brake assist, electronic stability program, all-speed traction control and anti-lock five-wheel disc brakes, front and rear independent suspension, and rack and pinion steering.

Heritage Edition Model:

The 2007 Chrysler 300 Heritage Edition has performance specifications that are identical to the 300C Model.

SRT8 Model:

Chrysler's 300C SRT8 Model boasts a powerful 6.1-liter SRT HEMI® SMPI V8 engine, a five-speed automatic transmission, brake assist, electronic stability program, all-speed traction control, performance anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes, front and rear independent suspension and rack and pinion steering.

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