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7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.1
Reliability:
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2009 Chrysler 300 Review

The 2009 Chrysler 300 offers unique exterior styling and several powerful engine choices. However, a lethargic base engine and subpar safety ratings keep the 300 from competing with the best 2009 large cars.

Pros & Cons

  • Class-competitive back-seat space
  • Powerful V8 models
  • Good handling
  • Underpowered base V6 engine
  • Below average safety ratings
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Stability and traction control aren’t standard

2009 Chrysler 300 Overview

The 2009 Chrysler 300 offers bold styling and a number of trims that have V8 power. As a result, the 300 can offer muscle-car performance that makes it stand out in the class. However, reviewers disliked the base 300 because its engine didn’t provide enough power. Test drivers suggested skipping the base LX model altogether because of its poor performance and lack of standard safety features. For people who battle harsh weather, the 300 has several trims that are available with all-wheel drive.

Inside, reviewers found the 300 to be spacious and comfortable. When it was new, reviewers were satisfied with the amount of space, but thought the material quality was lacking. Some also found the controls hard to read at night, but most reviewers agreed that the controls were well-placed and easy to use. Reviewers frequently noted the vast amount of rear-seat legroom. In terms of cargo space, the 300 is class-competitive, and has 60/40 split-folding rear seats for loading larger items. If safety is a top priority, the 300 may disappoint. It received subpar crash test scores, while competing large cars performed much better. 

The base 300 includes an eight-way power driver seat, cruise control and a four-speaker stereo. Notable trims include the 300C, which has a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 370 horsepower. The performance 300 SRT8 model ratchets the engine power up even further with a 6.1-liter V8 that generates 425 horsepower.

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Other Cars to Consider

Thanks to its high safety ratings, the top-ranked 2009 Toyota Avalon is a good choice for those seeking a more refined large car. Reviewers felt that the Avalon offered slightly better performance, but it also achieves better fuel economy. While reviewers considered both interiors comfortable, the Avalon was recommended over the 300 in terms of quality.

If you prefer a more recent used large car, the completely redesigned 2010 Ford Taurus should be on your list. The Taurus offers sleek looks and cavernous trunk space. Reviewers liked the improvements Ford made to the Taurus’ handling, interior layout and performance, but they noted that the center console was slightly cluttered. The Taurus also outmatches the 300 in terms of safety.

Compare the 300 to the Avalon and Taurus »

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