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  • (4.4) 41 reviews
  • Available Prices: $2,474–$10,398
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 20-24
  • Engine: 190-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2006 Chrysler 300

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Chrysler 300

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2006 Chrysler 300 Reviews

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

(4.4)

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I have 215,00 miles and I still drive to Vegas,

by Gcm300 from Los Angeles on November 5, 2017

My 300 is very reliable from the day I purchased it with 19,000 and now with 215,00 miles and able to drive it on vacation just with minor repairs. Feels very solid on the road. Interior is stylish an... Read Full Review

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