Consumer Reviews Summary
26 of 28 (92%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Chrysler 300 Overview
The 2012 Chrysler 300, with its head turning styling and trio of powerful engines, makes an entrance like few other vehicles can.
Last year, the 300 got a full redesign and while the boxy-ness may have been toned down slightly, the 2012 300 still has a very distinct profile and look to it. Up front is a rather large rendition of Chrysler’s “blade” grille and LED daytime running lights come standard, as do dual chrome exhaust tips.
The full-size 300 competes with the Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus and gets a few exciting updates for 2012, including an eight-speed automatic which helps to improve gas mileage. The eight-speed transmission is available with V-6 models and when equipped the 300 will actually get 31 mpg on the highway, impressive for a car of this size. Also new for 2012 is a 300S trim which is a sportier variant of the 300 and an upgraded Uconnect Touch system which can now read text messages aloud and help to select automated responses.
Under the hood, choose between three engine options. A 292-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 is the base engine and comes with a five-speed automatic standard, while the aforementioned eight-speed automatic is optional. Step things up a notch with a 363-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 that only comes with the five-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard.
For those who want to get even more performance from their 300, there is the 300 SRT8 trim which gets an even larger 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8 and can run from zero to 60 mpg in the high four-second range. It also features suspension upgrades and Brembo brakes to keep things under control.
Fuel economy ratings range from 14-19 mpg in the city to 23-31 mpg on the highway.
Inside, Chrysler has made great strides with their interiors in recent years and the 300 is no exception stepping into luxury car territory. The instrument panel glows an attractive light blue, while the center console features a standard 8.4-inch touchscreen that displays controls for the stereo and climate control systems. Speaking of standard features, all trims of the 300 come well equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat, and a USB port for your iPod/MP3 player. Available options include power adjustable pedals, heated/cooled cupholders, leather upholstery, and heated/ventilated front seats. Also available are the previously mentioned Uconnect system which comes with Bluetooth® connectivity and a navigation system with satellite traffic information.
Safety features include seven airbags, electronic stability system, antilock brakes, and active front restraints, all standard. Further safety technology can be added, including a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross path detection, front and rear parking sensors, and a backup camera.
With great looks, impressive V-6 fuel economy, and plenty of panache, the 2012 Chrysler 300 is one sedan that really does have it all.