2011 Chrysler 300
Chrysler is clearly the comeback kid of the year, updating their entire line-up for 2011. Well the latest two that we've gotten up close with are the Chrysler 200 and 300 sedans. Chrysler reintroduced the legendary 300 for 2005 with an all-new, full-size, rear-wheel drive sedan. It stood apart from its mostly front-drive domestic luxury rivals in both engineering and style. Its Bentley-style front end made the 300 a must have for a wide section of upwardly mobile car buyers.
Virtually all new from the ground up, the 2011 300 has the same proportions as before, but its classy look has definitely been refined. The big grille remains, but with its boldness tamed. The interior has received a first-class makeover with materials that are far more upscale. Unfortunately, it does share many of its controls with other recently updated Dodge and Chrysler products. We feel a little bit more uniqueness would go a long way here.
Chrysler's 292-horsepower Pentastar V6 provides adequate power for base models as well as good fuel economy. The new 300 arrives in dealerships this spring with prices starting at just under $28,000. And as before, a HEMI V8 high performance 300C will be available, as will all-wheel-drive.
Engine: Pentastar V6
Price: Starting at just under $28,000