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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V8 models
  • Good fuel economy for the class
  • Standard infotainment system with large display
  • Some cheap interior trim
  • Disappointing navigation graphics

New for 2012

  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • High-performance SRT8 returned
  • AWD became available on V6 models




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.8
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2012 Chrysler 300 Overview

Reviewers wrote that the 2012 Chrysler 300’s standard V6 engine provides sufficient power, while the available V8 model is stronger still, with ample power in all situations. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard on the base 300 and V8 models, though many test drivers preferred the available eight-speed automatic transmission, which was newly available on the V6-powered 2012 Chrysler 300. They reported that the new transmission shifts seamlessly, makes better use of the engine’s power and helps boost the 300’s fuel economy ratings. According to the EPA, the 2012 Chrysler 300 gets up to 19/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Reviewers wrote that the 300 has a controlled, comfortable ride and as well as composed handling and accurate steering.

Automotive journalists said the 2012 Chrysler 300 has a classy interior design and they wrote that most of the materials are top-notch. However, a few noted that some hard plastic surfaces look shoddy. They wrote that the 300’s front seats are comfortable and spacious, and while they appreciated the roomy back seat, a few pointed out that it’s not as spacious as the 2012 Toyota Avalon’s. The 300 has 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is typical for the class. Standard features include keyless access, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a six-speaker sound system, satellite radio, a USB/iPod input and Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system with a touch-screen display. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated and cooled cup holders, navigation, a rearview camera and adaptive cruise control. Reviewers praised the standard infotainment system, saying it features a large display and on-screen buttons that are easy to locate. However, some thought that the navigation graphics look dated.

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Toyota Avalon has quality interior materials, according to automotive journalists. They added that the Avalon has one of the most spacious rear seats in the class, and they loved its powerful standard V6 engine.

Like the 300, the 2012 Ford Taurus is available with all-wheel drive, and the Taurus SHO features a twin-turbo V6 engine that produces a lot of power for the class. Reviewers praised the Taurus for its stylish cabin design, and they were impressed with its ample trunk space.

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