2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8: More Photos

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When you hear a term like "American anachronism" from a car reviewer, you know it's got to be something good. And as unapologetic muscle cars go, according to Cars.com's Aaron D. Bragman, the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is as American as apple pie. Heck, this full-size, rear-wheel-drive sedan's fuel will cost you a thousand bucks before you ever burn a drop due to the gas-guzzler tax that comes with its 14/23 mpg city/highway fuel-economy rating.

Rest assured: Such concerns will evaporate nearly as quickly as gas combusts for anyone seeking the sort of titillation peculiar to this nostalgic sweet spot of the automotive world. The SRT8's 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, with its 470 horsepower and 175-mph top speed, will see to that. The version Bragman tested starts at $50,445, including a $995 destination fee and that $1,000 gas-guzzler tax, but you can spend nearly $63,000 with options if so inclined.

Click here for the full review, and check out the gallery below. Cars.com photos by Aaron Bragman.

By Matt Schmitz | September 13, 2013 | Comments (3)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Results

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First, a quick reminder about whom our judges are:

  • Kelsey Mays, consumer affairs editor at Cars.com
  • Jennifer Newman, assistant managing editor at Cars.com
  • Kristin Varela, senior family editor at Cars.com
  • Fred Meier, automotive editor at USA Today
  • Brian Robinson, producer at "MotorWeek"
  • Bill Wegner of Skokie, Ill., our real-life family judge

Here's how the score broke down: The experts' scores accounted for 75% of the total score; 15% came from the family's scores; and 10% was based on fuel economy. To help you make your own comparisons of these sedans, we've pulled together a list of what you get for $38,000.

By Patrick Olsen | September 8, 2013 | Comments (22)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Mileage Results

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A mileage drive with full-size sedans is the 200-mile trek editors have been yearning for, because if we're going to spend all day in cars evaluating gas mileage, they might as well be large, comfy, feature-laden sedans.

Our route west of Chicago consisted mostly of highway driving with slower stoplight-to-stoplight traffic driving sprinkled in. We observed average speeds of around 40 mph, according to various onboard computers.

Surprises were minimal.

By Joe Bruzek | September 8, 2013 | Comments (4)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Overview

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If the new-car market is a Big Mac, full-size sedans would amount to only the sesame seeds. They're a sliver of the auto market, accounting for just 3.5% of new-car sales in the first seven months of 2013. Still, automakers believe in big cars. Seldom does a comparison see so many redesigned or new entrants. From April 2012 to April 2013, four new or redesigned full-size sedans hit dealerships. Through the first seven months of 2013, those four nameplates accounted for nearly half of full-size sedan sales.

By Kelsey Mays | September 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Golf Bags

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When you put seven of the biggest sedans on the market into one contest one thing comes to mind ... those gigantic trunks.

All seven boast large dimensions on paper ranging from 14.2 cubic feet to a whopping 20.1 cubic feet in the Ford Taurus. That's the largest trunk on the market by the way.

But sometimes specifications on paper don't live up to reality. To test the true cargo capabilities of these cruisers we gathered 10 golf bags to see which car could haul the most drivers, irons and putters.

We were a bit surprised at just how many actually swallowed all 10 sets, and those that fell short still proved that car shoppers likely won't have to worry about cargo when cross-shopping these seven.

Here is how the contenders stacked up with animation of the process.

By David Thomas | September 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Both the 2014 Infiniti Q50 and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee remained in their perches at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, this week on our list of the most-read reviews. Newcomers to the roster included the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which clocked in at No. 3, and the 2013 Chrysler 300, debuting in eighth place. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Infiniti Q50
2. 2014 Jeep Cherokee

3. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

4. 2013 BMW 328i

5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2013 Toyota RAV4

7. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

8. 2013 Chrysler 300

9. 2013 Toyota Avalon

10. 2013 Nissan Altima

By Matt Schmitz | September 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

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.

2013 Chrysler 300 Review

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

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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There was very little movement of note on this week's list of most-read reviews, as the 2014 Jeep Cherokee retained the No. 1 spot. The lone newcomer was the 2013 BMW X1, the smaller sibling of the X3 that Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek called "downsizing done right." Bruzek's X1 review checks in at No. 9. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2014 Infiniti Q50

3. 2013 BMW 3 Series
4. 2013 Toyota RAV4
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

7. 2013 Toyota Avalon

8. 2013 Chrysler 300

9. 2013 BMW X1

10. 2013 Ford Fusion

By Matt Schmitz | August 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2014JeepCherokee

The 2013 Toyota RAV4, a long-term tenant of the top spot on our list of most-read reviews, has at last vacated the premises to make way for our new No. 1, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The 2014 Infiniti Q50, 2013 Dodge Charger and 2013 BMW 3 Series follow at Nos. 2, 3 and 4. And, finally, refusing to drop out of sight entirely, the RAV4 rounds out the top five. Here's what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2014 Infiniti Q50
3. 2013 Dodge Charger
4. 2013 BMW 3 Series
5. 2013 Toyota RAV4
6. 2014 Subaru Forester
7. 2013 Toyota Avalon
8. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
9. 2013 Chrysler 300
10. 2013 Ford Fusion
By Matt Schmitz | August 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Chrysler 300: Test Car Gallery

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Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley said Chrysler has a winner with its large sedan thanks to the 300's blend of quietness, comfort and highway composure. The full-size sedan class is undergoing a transformation — boring and dated are being replaced with comfortable and classy — and Chrysler's refined 300 is at the head of the pack.

The 2013 300 is available in base 300, 300S, 300C and 300C Luxury Series trims. Base versions of the sedan start at $31,340, including a $995 destination fee. Hanley's test model was a special-edition Glacier all-wheel-drive version that features a unique "Falls" pattern cloth insert on its leather seats, specific wheels, various piano-black trim pieces and Glacier badging. A cold-air intake and freer-flowing exhaust bump the V-6's horsepower from to 292 to 300. Adding in $1,500 for the black painted roof and $995 for the Uconnect multimedia system took the as-tested price of his test car to $40,335.

Click here for the full review and check out the gallery below.

By Jennifer Geiger | August 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

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