2011 Chrysler 300 Costs Less, Packs More Goodies
By David Thomas
on January 6, 2011
The redesigned Chrysler 300 has been slowly revealed over the past month or so, but today we learned how much each trim level will cost as well as the standard equipment. Almost all of the trims are nearly identical in price to the current model, but they're packed with a high level of standard equipment for 2011. Expect new 300s to reach dealers in the next few months.
Surprisingly, the base 300 sedan at $27,170 (not including an $825 destination charge) starts for $90 less than the 2010 model and comes standard with the new 292 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a slate of equipment, including 17-inch aluminum wheels, Uconnect Touch system with an 8.4-inch LCD screen, USB port with iPod Control, Sirius Satellite Radio, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, keyless entry with remote windows down, no-touch self-rising deck lid, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth seats, 12-way power driver’s seat, cruise control and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
A Ford Taurus SEL comes similarly equipped and starts at $27,370, but it doesn’t come with Ford’s Sync system standard or an LCD screen.
We detail the rest of the lineup and pricing below.
2011 Chrysler 300 Limited
starts at $31,170 before an $825 destination charge and
features the same engine and equipment as the base model and adds leather seats, heated front seats, Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, backup camera, Alpine audio system, 18-inch aluminum wheels, power-folding heated chrome side mirrors, chrome door handles and fog lamps.
Luxury Group option package
can be added to the Limited and adds heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated/cooled cupholders, heated leather seats, cooled 12-way adjustable driver and front passenger seats, power-adjustable pedals, power backlight sunshade and power tilt/telescoping steering column.
It starts at $34,420 (not including $825 destination charge).
As with the outgoing model, the 300C designates the trim levels that come with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Chrysler has not dropped the Hemi name as previously rumored, and the Hemi will deliver 363 hp and hit 60 mph in less than six seconds.
2011 Chrysler 300C
starts at $38,170 before an $825 destination charge. The outgoing 300C starts at $38,010.
The 300C comes with all the equipment of the 300 Limited and adds Garmin navigation and Sirius Travel Link, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated leather seats, cooled 12-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, power tilt/telescoping steering column, power-adjustable pedals with memory, power backlight sunshade, HomeLink universal garage door opener and power-folding chrome side mirrors with memory, auto-dimming and auto-tilt in Reverse.
The top of the line model is the
2011 Chrysler 300C AWD
, which starts at $40,320 (not including $825 destination charge). The outgoing 300C AWD started at $40,050. It adds more performance equipment such as the all-wheel-drive system itself, lowered ride height and 19-inch wheels.
The only other major option package available is a suite of safety features including high-intensity-discharge headlights, forward collision warning system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring system, rear cross path detection, and front and rear park assist.
The pricing for the SafetyTec Group is:
- 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited with SafetyTec Group: $33,965 (not including $825 destination charge)
- 2011 Chrysler 300C with SafetyTec Group: $40,965 (not including $825 destination charge)
- 2011 Chrysler 300C AWD with SafetyTec Group: $43,115 (not including $825 destination charge)
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David