2014 Chrysler 300: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Chrysler 300, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

Chrysler's largest car is classy and comfortable, and families looking for a sedan that easily accommodates three child-safety seats should add it to their shopping list. The 2013 Chrysler 300 has a roomy backseat and three sets of Latch anchors — one more set than most sedans offer — making it extra versatile when it comes to installing car seats.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Dodge Challenger, Charger and Chrysler 300 SRT8 Satin Vapor Edition Photo Gallery (29 Photos)

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OK, so Chrysler is offering this new Satin Vapor Edition for its iconic muscle-car lineup, which takes the special stripped-down, reduced-price Core models of the cars' high-performance SRT8 variants and options them up for an increased price. (Makes perfect sense … right?) These Satin Vapor Editions include the 2014 SRT8 versions of the Dodge Challenger and Charger, and Chrysler 300, all of which get 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels, satin black headlights and side mirrors, a gray 6.4-liter Hemi badge and red brake calipers. Inside they get Nappa leather seating with suede inserts.

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Those are the common features of all three cars, but each package — ranging in price from $1,700 to more than $2,300 — offers its own individual content and exterior colors. You can compare and contrast all three this week during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, where the Satin Vapor Editions made their debut. Check out the photo gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | February 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Ram 1500

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Vehicles Affected: Chrysler is voluntarily recalling 4,194 model-year 2013 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger full-size sedans, and Ram 1500 pickup trucks all equipped with all-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission and a V-6 engine.

The Problem: Output shafts installed in some vehicles were shaped using a two-stage forging method employed during early production; the resulting components may be subject to fracture in rare circumstances, according to Chrysler. The automaker said the forging process has been replaced by a single-stage method and that it is unaware of any associated injuries or accidents.

The Fix: Owners will be notified of the recall, and dealers will inspect and test the transmission output shafts and, if necessary, replace the transmission assemblies for free. The notification schedule is not yet specified.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Chrysler 300: Family Review Checklist

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It's the automotive holy grail for parents: A non-minivan that fits three child-safety seats across the backseat, and the 2013 Chrysler 300 does just that. This unicorn of a sedan also is cool-looking and fun to drive.

My test 300 base model with rear-wheel drive had a capable 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 292 horsepower. We took the mighty sedan up to the mountains for the day, and even with a filled-to-the-brim car, it handled the uphill ride effortlessly. The Chrysler 300 gets an EPA estimated 19/31/23 mpg city/highway/combined. I averaged 22.2 mpg during my weeklong test drive in the 300.

The Chrysler 300S, a higher trim level than my test car, finished in second place behind the winning 2014 Chevrolet Impala in this year's $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge.

By BreAnn Ahara | November 19, 2013 | Comments (3)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8

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The Chrysler 300 was born to be bad, and its attitude hasn't improved for 2013 — it may even be worse. Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman notes that if you're a potential buyer of this big, old-school rear-wheel drive performance sedan, that's a compliment. The 300 SRT8's 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 boasts a high 4-second zero-to-60-mph time on its way to 175 mph. That should get you off the on-ramp OK. The five-speed automatic transmission is a bit of a clunker, and this thing wasn't built for fuel economy, but who are we kidding here? Read Bragman's review for more choir serenading.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 5, 2013 | Comments (3)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Chrysler 300

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As the full-size-sedan segment continues to find its way back into favor with car buyers, the 2013 Chrysler 300 may just find itself leading the caravan. That's according to Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley, who calls the new 300 "an ideal road-trip car." Its lengthened wheelbase and suspension tuning balance bump absorption with road connectivity, while highway handling demands as little of the driver as possible. You might find braking a bit soft and that well-intended electronic gear selector confounding, but you'll forget all about such details while you’re comfort-cruising down the interstate.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 5, 2013 | Comments (1)

New SRT8 'Core' Models Drop Features, Price

Dodge's and Chrysler's high-performance SRT8 models receive a substantial price drop courtesy of a new breed of high-performance trim levels called the Core models. Challenger SRT8 and 300 SRT8 Core models strip convenience features like leather, moonroof, high-power stereo and fog lights in search of a lower price discounted as much as $4,780 than their full-featured regular models.
 
The trend started with Dodge's special edition Charger SRT8 Super Bee that — compared to the regular SRT8 — used the less-expensive radio, standard hood, cloth interior instead of leather and ditched the adaptive adjustable suspension in favor of a fixed firmness suspension.

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By Joe Bruzek | February 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

More of the Next Chrysler 300 Interior Shown

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At a Chrysler press event this morning to introduce the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, company president Jim Press revealed this image of the next-generation Chrysler 300 interior. He said it hinted at “great products coming from the new Chrysler.”

You can clearly see a radical departure from the current car’s interior; it looks to be much more upscale. There’s nothing wrong with that, and the 300 was a huge seller when it first went on the market. Unfortunately, most of Chrysler’s issues stem from weaker offerings in the entry-level and midsize classes.

Still, with this glimpse and the high-end look of the Jeep Grand Cherokee shown earlier today, it appears Chrysler is making progress on some of its interior issues. 

By David Thomas | April 8, 2009 | Comments (10)

Chrysler Plan Shows New Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Above is an image taken from Chrysler’s full plan submitted to the U.S. government earlier today, of the next-generation Chrysler 300 sedan. Below you’ll find a shot of the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as larger versions of the interior images we found embedded in the PDF.

By David Thomas | February 17, 2009 | Comments (21)

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