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in 2009 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $11,351 - $21,507
Original MSRP: $26,665 - $44,160
MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy
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2009 Chrysler 300 Interior

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The cabin of the 2009 Chrysler 300 is spacious and looks stylish. It should be an exceptional cabin, but reviewers complain of sub-standard materials and shoddy fit and finish. Chrysler has made a concerted effort to boost the quality of its interiors, but the press isn't sure whether the 2009 300's cabin will be any more reliable than the 2008 version over the long haul.

  • "Tasteful wood and chrome accents and some padded surfaces give a luxury feel to an otherwise commonplace interior. Note that 300 prices climb quickly with options, and what passes for acceptable at $30,000 seems inappropriately cheap on cars loaded to $45,000." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Exceptionally spacious." -- Forbes
  • "The quiet, upscale interior easily accommodates four tall adults." -- MSN
  • "The first thing you'll notice about the 300 interior is that it's huge, a real nod to those monstrous American sedans of the 1960s and 1970s." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Classy and refreshingly clean in its execution." -- Road and Track

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Seating

The 300 comfortably seats four, perhaps even five, in its huge cabin. The seats are well-built and supportive. We find few complaints about comfort.

  • "Flat seat bottoms cause passengers to slide during aggressive cornering except in SRT8, which has grippy suede seat inserts." -- Consumer Guide
  • Front seats are "big and roomy, and there is tons of head and leg room." -- Detroit News
  • "Front bucket seats provide excellent lower back and thigh support, and feature adjustable lumbar support for both the driver and passenger." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Seat are firm but not overly so, perfectly mated to the firmer ride quality of this car." -- Forbes
  • "Short windows start high up, so some drivers may feel like they're sitting in a bathtub or looking out through gun slits, but that's the trade-off for the hot-rod exterior styling." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

Reviewers offer mixed opinions of the materials and electronics in the 300's cabin. Most seem to say it's well-designed. Some say materials quality, though, is below industry standard. Others have a better opinion of the fit and finish.  Chrysler has said it is embarking on a major corporate initiative to boost the quality of its interiors, and reviews may simply reflect the fact that some aspects of the 300 have been improved and others lag behind. Chrysler's MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System and an available rear-seat entertainment system are highlights.

  • "Large, clear gauges, but some testers found nighttime legibility compromised because full instrument faces are backlit, rendering markings indistinct. All controls are within easy reach. The navigation system is relatively simple to use, despite a small screen." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Some of the plastic used in the cabin is the only off-note." -- Forbes
  • "Instrument panel and switchgear are easy to read and operate." -- New Car Test Drive
  • The interior is "attractive, roomy and comfortable, but somewhat cheesy in execution." -- Arizona Republic
  • "While the materials aren't in the Lexus class, the overall ambience and feel of the 300 is one of a lot of car for the money." -- Automobile Magazine

Cargo

The 2009 300 offers 17.2 cubic feet of trunk space -- more than most rivals. In-cabin storage is ample.

  • "300 has a large, deep trunk. Hinges don't intrude, but liftover is fairly high, and the opening is too small to load large cargo." -- Consumer Guide

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