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2011 Chrysler 300 Review

Redesigned for 2011, the Chrysler 300 offers a vastly improved base engine, a more refined interior and a standard touch-screen infotainment system, but other 2011 large cars offer better performance.

Pros & Cons

  • High-quality interior
  • Outstanding safety ratings
  • Standard Uconnect infotainment system
  • Powerful base engine
  • Outdated five-speed transmission

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2011 Chrysler 300 Overview

With a new interior and revised exterior style, the redesigned 2011 Chrysler 300 was better-equipped to compete with the top large cars. When it was new, reviewers liked the new, more powerful base V6 engine, which also gets decent fuel economy. However, they weren’t impressed with the 300’s five-speed automatic transmission, which they felt was outdated.

Despite this shortcoming, the Chrysler 300 offers more powertrain choices than many rival large cars. If you want more power, the Chrysler 300C’s V8 is one of the strongest engines in the segment. The 300 is one of the few full-size sedans that are available with all-wheel drive. While the 300 delivers sharper handling than previous models, most reviewers agreed that its suspension is tuned for comfort rather than sport.

Inside, the 300 replaces much of the poor-quality materials that turned off reviewers in previous models. With ample interior room, they thought that the 300 took steps toward making the interior more luxurious while offering a quiet ride. However, they also noted that the seats weren’t as comfortable as in some competitors. Overall, reviewers were satisfied with the interior features, especially the standard touch-screen infotainment system.

If safety is a top priority, the 300’s safety scores are among the highest in the class.   

See the full 2011 Chrysler 300 specs »

Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Toyota Avalon is a good choice if you’re seeking smooth refinement in a large car. With a refreshed front and rear end for 2011, the Avalon continued to offer a comfortable ride and loads of interior space. The Avalon offers better interior quality, as well as excellent safety ratings. The Avalon also gets slightly better fuel economy, and reviewers loved its refined powertrain. Still, the 300 is available with all-wheel drive and a powerful V8, which may appeal to some shoppers.

If you like the 300’s powertrain, but are seeking a large car with muscle-car looks, the 2011 Dodge Charger is worth a look. As relatives, the Charger and 300 share many of the same attributes. Both vehicles have high safety scores and comparable fuel economy. The Charger’s suspension isn’t as comfort-tuned as the 300’s, but that also might make it more fun to drive.

Compare the 300 to the Avalon and Charger »

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