Chrysler 300C

The great mix

"The 300 is a classy large sedan that delivers an advanced driving experience," said Issam

"It’s a product of multicultural engineering dating to the Daimler Chrysler days"

"Exceptionally smooth and quiet ride"

Many of you knew the Chrysler 300 from the car rental companies in Lebanon. It was the car most rented for weddings, the white color. Remembering that the old generation Chrysler 300 lacked a bit of feel on the steering wheel, I grabbed the 2014 Chrysler 300C from the official distributor, Gargour Automotive, for a test drive on the weekend.

On the exterior, the Chrysler 300 model features 17 inch painted aluminum wheels, P215/65R17 all-season touring tires, comfort-tuned suspension, touring brake package, liquid-chrome grille bars with chromed surround, bi-halogen projector headlamps with chromed bezels, automatic headlamps, chromed daylight opening, chromed front and rear fascia accents, LED-illuminated "C" shaped daytime-running lamps (DRL), body color exterior mirrors and door handles, LED-illuminated tail lamps with LED-illuminated light pipe, dual-chromed exhaust tips with rolled edges, cap-less fuel-filler door with power release, 17 inch compact spare tire and chromed "300" deck-lid badge.

Other key standard equipment includes: front-row reactive head restraints, advanced multi-stage air bags, full-length side-curtain air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, driver’s knee bag, rear head restraints in all positions, electronic stability control (ESC), hill-start assist (HSA), rain brake support (RBS), ready alert braking (RAB), tire-pressure monitoring (TPM), USB port with iPod control, SiriusXM radio, SD card reader, auxiliary audio input jack, steering wheel mounted audio controls, six-speaker audio, keyless Enter-N-Go, dual-zone automatic climate control with humidity sensor, cabin air filtration, acoustic windshield and front-door glass, 12-way power driver’s seats including 4-way power lumbar, cruise control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, leather-wrapped Chrysler brand steering wheel with manual tilt/telescoping steering column, leather-wrapped shift knob, luxury floor mats, 140-mph LED-illuminated instrument cluster with full color and driver-selectable electronic vehicle information center (EVIC), satin chrome interior door handles, LED-illuminated assist handles and front map lights, LED-illuminated front cup holders, rear-passenger reading lamps, LED-illuminated front and rear door handles, LED-illuminated center-stack storage bin, glove box lamp, illuminated vanity mirrors and two 12-volt power outlets.

Driving Impressions
The 2014 Chrysler 300 comes with composed handling, powerful engines and a well-appointed interior, so it now offers a great mix of style and substance. It is powered by a V6 engine that provides good acceleration. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard and I can admit it is quick-shifting and refined.

The 300C is best suited for marina cruising. The 300 suspension setup is to be a near perfect concession between relaxed and proficient. The 300C absorbs bumps nicely on our Lebanese roads and isolates shocks from the cockpit, and gave me at the same time a bit of fun.

My only real concern was with the transmission, rather with the gear lever. Chrysler has redesigned the shifter knob; sometimes you require the side button to be pushed to engage a gear while other times it can just be moved forward or backward. There were a few times when I wanted to change from reverse to drive or the other way around, and I ended up in neutral.

The Chrysler 300C is a concrete option for those who want a full-size luxury sedan. The 300 would profit from a little more attention to details, but it's hard to claim against a vehicle that offers this much size, style, comfort and technology for a low cost of maintenance during ownership. 

Rivals: Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon, Kia Cadenza, Hyundai Genesis
Pros: Powerful engine, good handling, stylish, high-quality interior, easy infotainment system
Cons: Less rear legroom, limited rear visibility
Stars: 3.5
One word: mixture

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