During a recent evaluation of large sedans, hard hitting Consumer Reports, ranked the Chrysler 300 ahead of its competition from Ford and General Motors and second overall after Hyundai’s Genesis. When the dust settled, the 300 had garnered 83 points, versus 93 for the Genesis. Other large sedans that faired well included the Hyundai Azera (81), the Buick LaCrosse (78) and Ford Taurus (64).
According to David Champion, senior director at Consumer Reports’ Test Center, “the 2011 redesign [of the 300] put Chrysler’s flagship back on the map in the large sedan category.”
This year also marks the first for the car’s new 3.6-litre V6 and eight-speed automatic transmission combination, which enabled the magazine to achieve 22 miles per gallon in fuel economy testing, according to a statement issued by Consumer Reports.
Despite a high score, the 300 didn’t quite make the magazine’s “Recommended” list, because CR didn’t have enough survey data relating to vehicle reliability among consumers; nevertheless, according to a statement issued from the magazine, sales of the 300 have more than doubled this year in the U.S.; up to 44,200 units through July.
The status of the Brampton, Ont. built 300 follows a pattern of improving vehicle scores among Chrysler vehicles in Consumer Reports tests. Others that have witnessed an increase in rankings by the magazine include the mid-size 200 sedan; plus the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.