2007 Chrysler 300 Review
This review was written when the 2007 Chrysler 300 was new.
The 300 delivers class-leading backseat room, classic and commanding style and a top-notch optional V8 performance trim. But key safety features aren't standard on the base model, which also receives mediocre reviews for its V6 engine. If you're in the market for a large car, you should also consider the Toyota Avalon and the Dodge Charger.
The 2007 Chrysler 300 earns praise for its generous size, unique design, and optional brute V8 performance. Auto writers from Edmunds say the 300 has "revived the accolades and respect that once surrounded this proud nameplate," crediting its "distinctive styling, roomy interior and powerful performance capabilities." Several compare the 300 to the Cadillac Escalade for its American status-symbol potential. The notes that it's becoming popular "with urban audiences (witness the car's repeated drive-ons in hip-hop videos) as well as the wider, whiter world of suburban moms and dads looking for a car that doesn't bore them to tears." Automobile Magazine simply suggests that anyone "who likes American cars is going to love the 300."
The 2007 Chrysler 300 was selected by Car and Driver as one of the "10 Best Cars" for 2007. The reviewer from Automobile.com states that "the 300 is a clear winner in my books, and easily the best entry-level luxury sedan value period." Motor Trend reports that "Chrysler's hot-selling 300 is a car that redefines what the American sedan can and should be, and its popularity is cutting a wide path in the marketplace. These were among the reasons we voted it our 2005 Car of the Year." In addition, Consumer Guide awarded the 2007 Chrysler 300C "Best Buy" recognition.
While the 2007 Chrysler 300's base price is attractive, the consensus among reviewers is to upgrade to the 300C trim for better performance and comfort details. Automobile Magazine reports that "all 300s feel like cut-rate luxury cars rather than overpriced family sedans, buyers will congratulate themselves for making the right value decision." Edmunds says that "budget-oriented consumers might be attracted to the base model's low price," but their auto writers recommend "stepping up to either the Touring or the Limited, as these trim levels come with the type of standard features expected for this class of car."
With a 350-horsepower V8 engine and thrilling driving experience, the 300C can easily compete with automobiles sporting much heftier price tags. MSN concludes, "The 300C costs more than some people would expect to pay for a Chrysler sedan. But it looks and feels more expensive than it is." Forbes concludes that the 2007 Chrysler 300C gets you "E-Class suspension, stability control, five-speed transmission and a stomping V-8, all with a cabin that's bigger than an E-Class for about $20,000 less than that Mercedes and priced competitively against other competitors. Why the heck wouldn't you want this car?"
IntelliChoice gives the base model 300 a value rating of "better than average" for its predicted five-year cost of ownership compared to other vehicles in its class.
The 2007 Chrysler 300 is available in eight trim levels: the base 300, the Great American Package, the Touring, The Touring Signature Series, the Limited, the 300C, the Heritage Edition and the SRT8. All trims come standard with rear-wheel drive (RWD). All-wheel drive (AWD) is available as an option on the Touring, the Limited and the 300C.