2012 Chrysler 300 Salt Lake City
The 2012 Chrysler 300 receives several significant changes and enhancements. An eight-speed automatic transmission is now available with the V6 engine, which can also now be paired with all-wheel drive. There are also three new/returning models for 2012: the uniquely styled 300S, the high-luxury 300C Executive Series and the high-performance SRT8. A smaller touchscreen interface is now standard on the base and Limited models. The Uconnect Touch system has also been upgraded. It now can read aloud incoming text messages and lets the driver choose a response. The available Garmin-based navigation system now recognizes voice commands, and there's satellite radio-based traffic information as well as more ways to control a connected iPod. The Chrysler 300 and 300 Limited come with a V6 engine that produces 292 horsepower. The Chrysler 300C features a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine that produces 393 horsepower and 394 lbs ft. or torque. The SRT-8 uses a 6.4L engine that produces 470 horsepower and 470 lbs. ft of torque.
Driving Impressions of the '12 Chrysler 200
The standard engine in the Chrysler 300 and Limited models is the new 292-horsepower, 260-foot-pound, 3.6-liter double-overhead-cam 24-valve Pentastar V6 engine with variable valve timing that gives it more flexibility in delivering low-rpm torque and high-rpm horsepower while delivering good fuel economy. The Chrysler 300C comes with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, generating 363 horsepower and 394 foot-pounds of torque. Drivers will find the V6 more than adequate even in this heavy car. It's long on horsepower and high on torque for its size, very flexible and driveable in town and out on the highway with none of the roughness or graunchiness formerly associated with V6 engines. The ride delivered by the suspension system is smooth, comfortable and quiet, and the cabin itself is quiet because of of an acoustic bellypan under the car, acoustic material in the wheel wells and pillars, and an acoustic wrap around the complete interior to block out noise from the mechanical systems, the wind and the tires. The anti-lock brake package with electronic brake-force distribution has everything you could ask for in terms of power, pedal modulation, and emergency capabilities, and is the largest component of a very complete safety package that includes traction control, stability control, and front, side, roof and driver knee air bags.
Exterior Features of the '12 Chrysler 300
The profile view of the new Chrysler 300 shows pronounced wheel lips front and rear, and they are connected by a sharp new body line that starts at the trailing edge of the front wheel well and rises continuously to finish at the side of the tail lamps. That line, coupled with the large side windows, narrow pillars, and a sculpted line at the bottom of the doors, does wonders to slim down and muscle up the new look of the 300. At the rear, there's a cross-car chrome bar running across the bottom edge of the decklid between the new vertical LED taillamps and a tall, flat rear bumper between the exhaust outlets that widens the look of the car at the rear. The execution of the LED daytime running lights at the front and the LED rear lamps is excellent.
Interior features of the '12 Chrysler 300
The 2012 Chrysler 300 instrument panel, seat trims, door panels and door pockets have all been designed for comfort and utility. A pleasant surprise in the new Chrysler 300 is the amount of light entering the car through the large windows and their thin pillars. The more light there is shining through a car's window. the more pleasurable ther experince of driving or just riding in a car will be. This is a big car, and the interior roominess and dimensions front and rear are generous, to say the least. The interior environment is classy without being chromy, and the lighting and instrumentation are spot-on. The instrument panel contains a bright new two-round-gauge package, and is pleasing to the eye with ice-blue accent lighting that is brilliantly legible day or night. The center portion of the instrument panel is dominated by the industry's largest touch-screen control system, an 8.4-inch screen that comes in base and Limited versions with audio and climate functions, but in 300C and 300C AWD versions comes with a brilliantly colorful, large-icon Garmin navigation system (optional on Limited versions, not available on 300). This system, because of its size, graphics, and capabilities, may be the best all-around nav system currently available, easy to read, easy to use, and readable from the back seat.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 comes standard with cloth upholstery, automatic air conditioning with rear outlets, humidity sensor and air filtration, multi-function steering wheel, driver information center, keyless entry, automatic halogen lamps, power windows, mirrors, and locks, cruise control, Uconnect dashboard display and control system for audio, Sirius satellite radio, USB port with iPod control, and a pair of 12-volt outlets.
Chrysler 300 Limited upgrades with leather upholstery, eight-way power driver seat, more exterior brightwork, halogen fog lamps, remote starting, 18-inch wheels and tires, heated front seats, rear seats with lighted cupholders, a premium Alpine AM/FM/CD satellite radio with eight channels, six speakers, and 276 watts of power, plus Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth. The Luxury Group includes luxury leather trimmed bucket seats, climate controlled front seats, heated rear seats, wood and leather wrapped heated steering wheel, power adjustable pedals, trunk mat, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power rear sunshade, 160-amp alternator, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, heated/cooled cupholder, driver memory for radio, seat, mirrors, pedals.
Chrysler 300C and Chrysler 300C AWD add Garmin navigation, Sirius Travel Link, power adjustable pedals, 12-way power front seats, heated front and rear seats, power tilt and telescope steering column, a performance brake package, and other features.
Options include the Safety Tec Package with adaptive HID headlights, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection, park assist, HomeLink, rear foglight. The Sound Group includes the Alpine stereo system with 506 watts of power, nine speakers, 12 channels, and 7.1 matrix surround sound.
The Chrysler 300 is a very fine sedan. There is a model here for every purse and purpose, from base car to 300C Hemi AWD, and the list of options and option packages is very generous. This is an American luxury car with room, comfort, power and presence. For more information about the 2012 Chrysler 300, go to the official website of the Chrysler 300.
Some of the information for this review was obtained through newcartestdrive.com