2006 Chrysler 300

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$23,775

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2006 Chrysler 300

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • RWD handling
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Distinctive appearance
  • Interior space

The bad:

  • Winter traction and control without stability system
  • Intrusive (but valuable) stability system
  • No front grab handles

3 trims

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Notable features

  • RWD layout
  • Two V-6s available
  • Available stability system
  • Available rear DVD entertainment system

2006 Chrysler 300 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Chrysler sporadically marketed automobiles under the “300” designation for half a century. In its 1999 to 2004 iteration, the Chrysler 300M was a front-wheel-drive sedan with V-6 power.

A completely different 300 sedan joined Chrysler’s lineup for 2005, with rear-wheel drive. To counteract concerns that the rear-drive 300 won’t handle properly on snow and ice, Chrysler offers an Electronic Stability Program in upper-end models. It’s an option for the base sedan.

Base and Touring editions are offered for 2006, along with a Limited option package. A new BeltAlert system has been installed, and a tire-pressure monitor is standard on Touring and Limited editions. A newly available backseat DVD entertainment system uses a 7-inch flip-up screen in the center console.

Dodge introduced a closely related Magnum series for 2005, but the Magnum is a wagon rather than a four-door sedan. All-wheel-drive versions of the 300 and Magnum also are available. Chrysler also offers a Hemi-powered 300C, which is listed separately in the Research section.

Exterior
The 300 looks bold and imposing, flaunting a distinctive shape and riding a 120-inch wheelbase. Aluminum is used for the hood and deck lid. Sizable wheel openings encircle either 17- or 18-inch tires.

Interior
Though the 300 is shorter overall than the old 300M, it’s larger inside. The seating position is 2.5 inches higher, and a four-gauge instrument cluster with light silver faces and chrome trim rings has watch-face styling. Trunk volume totals 15.6 cubic feet.

In addition to chrome-clad aluminum wheels, the 2006 Limited package includes automatic headlamps and dual-zone automatic climate control with infrared sensing.

Under the Hood
A 2.7-liter V-6 produces 190 horsepower in the base sedan. Other models get a 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission in rear-wheel-drive 300s, but the all-wheel-drive 300’s 3.5-liter V-6 drives a five-speed automatic.

Safety
Antilock brakes, traction control and an Electronic Stability Program are optional on the base sedan and standard on other models. Side curtain-type airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
From the first moments behind the wheel, the 300 feels especially solid and substantial. The 3.5-liter V-6 delivers adequate power for mountainous terrain, but no true surplus. Except for a slight snarl when pushing hard while climbing, the V-6 is very quiet. Performance is almost as appealing with the 2.7-liter V-6, which is a little noisier.

The 300 steers easily and demands just enough effort to impart a semi-sporty sensation. You can expect a confident feel through winding roads.

Performance in snow and ice is amazing because of the Electronic Stability Program. Even if you tromp the gas on a snow-packed curve, the system kicks in immediately — albeit assertively — to keep the car on course.

The seats are reasonably supportive and comfortable, but a bit hard. Abundant glass area and large mirrors help visibility. Backseat space is abundant.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Most reliable car I've owned

Plenty of space and power. Only issue is chryslers problem with there paint it tends to peel over the years. But I think it's a great car and safe

4.9

Cars never been smoked in I mostly driven it mysel

Bought this car new in 2006 I have all receipts Oil changes for warranty of the car that things have been done to it still have a warranty $50 to take it over

5.0

Al Capone would be proud!

These cars are very nice with a classy sinister look with good performance and luxury. They are also affordable. The Chrysler 300 may not be a Rolls-Royce or a Bentley, however for the money they will not be beat. Many packages are offered with these cars ranging from the base V6 to the hopped up Hemi.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chrysler
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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