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2012 Chrysler 300C

$10,700 — $20,176 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
19-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Handsome interior
  • Handling with available Touring-tuned suspension
  • Brake-pedal feel
  • Well-appointed base model

The Bad

  • Backseat not as roomy as some competitors
  • Lazy five-speed automatic
  • Clumsy navigation system
  • Small side mirrors
2012 Chrysler 300C exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Chrysler 300C
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • Newly available eight-speed automatic transmission for V-6 models
  • Newly available Beats by Dr. Dre premium audio
  • Standard touch-screen multimedia system
  • RWD or AWD
  • High-performance SRT8 version returns

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, the full-size Chrysler 300 sedan retains its iconic silhouette and is one of the few remaining American rear-wheel-drive sedans. All-wheel drive is available. With seating for five, the Chrysler 300 offers V-6 or V-8 power, and the high-performance SRT8 version returns for 2012. Competitors include the Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus.

(Skip to details on the: 300 SRT8)

New for 2012
An eight-speed automatic is newly available for V-6 models, and the transmission helps the 300 get up to 31 mpg on the highway. The 300S includes this transmission along with a quicker-shifting Sport mode and steering-wheel shift paddles. The 2012 model year also sees the addition of the 300S trim, which is offered with V-6 or V-8 power. The cars feature polished 20-inch aluminum wheels with black pockets, quicker steering with a weightier feel, a black chrome grille and darkened headlight bezels. In the cabin, there's power heated cloth sport seats, piano black trim and Beats by Dr. Dre premium audio, which is new for 2012.

There's also a new 300C Luxury Series that features a leather-wrapped interior, heated and ventilated front seats, Berber floormats and real wood trim with a low-gloss finish. A platinum-chrome mesh grille helps distinguish the car from the rest of the 300 lineup.

The Uconnect Touch system has also been upgraded. It now can read aloud incoming text messages and lets the driver choose a response. The available Garmin-based navigation s...

Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, the full-size Chrysler 300 sedan retains its iconic silhouette and is one of the few remaining American rear-wheel-drive sedans. All-wheel drive is available. With seating for five, the Chrysler 300 offers V-6 or V-8 power, and the high-performance SRT8 version returns for 2012. Competitors include the Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus.

(Skip to details on the: 300 SRT8)

New for 2012
An eight-speed automatic is newly available for V-6 models, and the transmission helps the 300 get up to 31 mpg on the highway. The 300S includes this transmission along with a quicker-shifting Sport mode and steering-wheel shift paddles. The 2012 model year also sees the addition of the 300S trim, which is offered with V-6 or V-8 power. The cars feature polished 20-inch aluminum wheels with black pockets, quicker steering with a weightier feel, a black chrome grille and darkened headlight bezels. In the cabin, there's power heated cloth sport seats, piano black trim and Beats by Dr. Dre premium audio, which is new for 2012.

There's also a new 300C Luxury Series that features a leather-wrapped interior, heated and ventilated front seats, Berber floormats and real wood trim with a low-gloss finish. A platinum-chrome mesh grille helps distinguish the car from the rest of the 300 lineup.

The Uconnect Touch system has also been upgraded. It now can read aloud incoming text messages and lets the driver choose a response. The available Garmin-based navigation system now recognizes voice commands, and there's satellite radio-based traffic information as well as more ways to control a connected iPod.

Exterior
The 300 has a distinctive grille with horizontal blades, though  those who prefer a mesh grille can get one installed through Chrysler's aftermarket Mopar division. In back, the rear bumper angles forward, meeting the taillights without the conventional ledge where the two elements join. Exterior features include:

  • Standard LED daytime running lights
  • Standard dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels are optional
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional sunroof or optional dual-pane panoramic sunroof

Interior
Light-blue gauges sit behind a broad steering wheel, and a standard 8.4-inch center display houses various touch-screen controls, along with the optional navigation system for those cars that have it. With the help of a raked windshield, thinner roof pillars and new door frames, the 300 provides increased outward visibility compared with its predecessor. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver's seat and a USB/iPod-compatible stereo are standard. Trunk volume measures 16.3 cubic feet. Interior features include:

  • Standard cloth seats; leather optional
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats
  • Optional heated steering wheel
  • Standard 8.4-inch touch-screen
  • Optional power-adjustable pedals
  • Optional heated and cooled cupholders

Under the Hood
The 3.6-liter V-6 works with a standard five-speed automatic or an available eight-speed automatic. The optional 5.7-liter V-8 pairs with a five-speed automatic. Mechanical features include:

  • 292-horsepower V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque
  • 363-hp V-8 with 394 pounds-feet of torque and cylinder-deactivation technology
  • Both engines can use regular gas
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active front head restraints
  • Optional blind spot monitoring system
  • Optional rear cross path detection
  • Optional collision warning system
  • Optional front and rear parking sensors
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional SmartBeam headlights

300 SRT8
The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 combines luxury and high performance in a single car.  It's powered by a 6.4-liter V-8 that puts out 470 hp and 470 pounds-feet of torque. According to Chrysler, the big sedan can go from zero to 60 mph in the high 4-second range and has a top speed of 175 mph. Massive Brembo-brand brakes bring the 300 SRT8 to a halt from 60 mph in 120 feet.

The V-8 works with a five-speed automatic transmission that has shift paddles on the leather-wrapped heated steering wheel. The sedan also has an adaptive suspension with two modes: Auto and Sport. Additional features include SRT-tuned steering and seven-spoke 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.

The 300 SRT8 has a distinctive grille and rides  a half-inch lower than the regular 300. Dual 4-inch exhaust tips finish the rear.

The cabin features carbon fiber trim and heated and ventilated front seats with the SRT logo embroidered on the backrest. An optional Premium Leather Interior Package adds leather accents to the upper door trim and instrument panel. A Harman Kardon premium stereo is optional.

Buyers are also entitled to one day of professional driving instruction as part of the SRT Track Experience. The program, which takes place at select tracks throughout the year, is designed to teach owners driving skills they can use on the street or the track. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
17 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Fast and Good Mileage

by Ryan2003 from Des Moines, IA on November 6, 2018

This car has way more options than any other 2012 vehicle or prior to that I have driven. Panoramic sun roof, heated seats in front and back, vented seats, heated steering wheel, and could go on. I ... Read full review

(5.0)

My baby is being cared for by Pros

by Charles of Dallas from Dallas on October 27, 2018

The new 2012 design & LEDS stole my heart away from my 2007 Chrysler 300C. Bought the Extended Warranty ... glad I did it saved me money. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Chrysler 300C currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Chrysler 300C Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
5 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Front Seat
3 Star
Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
3 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chrysler

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 300C received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker