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2016 Chrysler 300 Driving Impressions


Handling is more about ride and comfort quality than performance. When the road starts to twist, the 300 driver will become aware of the 300’s size, though standard electric power steering eases the task of taking those curves.

Not surprisingly, the 300 drives like a big car: confident and stable, even fun, though it leans in hard cornering. You’re also likely to notice soft, heaving motions while accelerating and braking. Those motions are controlled better in a 300S model without impairing ride comfort.

We found the V6 propels the big Chrysler 300 smartly. Whether accelerating onto the freeway or passing on a rural two-lane, most buyers will deem it more than adequately powerful.

Even so, the 363-hp V8 ramps up the power substantially. Power is conveyed in a controlled and smooth manner, which is fitting for a car that leans toward luxury.

Sport modes (on 300S, 300C with V8, and 300C Platinum) sharpen performance: The S mode on the rotary shift selector adjusts transmission, engine, paddle-shift settings and throttle. A dashboard Sport button adds sport-tuned steering.

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