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The chunky American combines quality, decent styling and a reasonable price.
The chunky American combines quality, decent styling and a reasonable price.

Post Commodore and Falcon, anyone rusted on to the idea of a family five-seater with petrol six and rear-wheel drive will be looking earnestly at the Chrysler 300.

The success of the 300 is an ironic development, with American metal — which supplied the original building blocks for the '60s Ford and Holden and Valiant hero cars — returning to its original spot in the showroom pecking order.

The chunky American combines quality, decent styling and a reasonable price. It's not nearly a match for the VF Commodore, but it trumps the Ford Falcon - at least until its final makeover in October.

You can also get it with a diesel engine and a go-fast SRT8 package that includes a 6.4-litre V8, for comfortably less than an equivalent Commodore contender from Holden Special Vehicles.

The 300 set a new sales record last year with 2508, the best result since 1864 deliveries in 2006 with the first-generation car. There were extra variants, including a wagon. But, the current car was effectively out of stock for more than a year while the factory in the US built left-hand-drive cars.

Even in limousine and taxi livery, the 300 is winning fans in Australia. Unlike the Commodore and Falcon, it will be around beyond 2016.

 

Chrysler 300 Limited - see other verdicts

Price: from $43,000

Star rating: 3.5/5

Engine: 3.6-litre V6, 210kW/340Nm

Transmission: 8-speed auto; RWD

Thirst: 9.4L/100km

 

 

THE LOWDOWN: Nothing on the road, short of a big-bore Bentley, has the impact of the 300. It's a big car with tough bodywork, a comfy cabin and pretty good performance with either the diesel or Pentastar V6. It feels a bit bulky to handle but the real limit to cornering is front buckets that are more like armchairs. Quality is well up from the first-generation 300C, something reflected - much like the popular diesel variant — in sales that continue to grow.

 

 

Chrysler 300 STR8 - see other verdicts

Price: from $56,000

Star rating: 3.5/5

Engine: 6.4-litre V8, 347kW/631Nm

Transmission: 5-speed auto; RWD

Thirst: 7.8L/100km

Verdict

THE LOWDOWN: The heavy hauler will never match an HSV GTS, but the arrival of a Core version also means it's about half the price. The best things about the SRT8 are the exhaust rumble from its Hemi V8 and the don't-mess-with-me body upgrade with big wheels. It's a car to make you laugh out loud and there are far too few of those on the road today for less than $100,000.

Pricing Guides

$30,115
Based on 25 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months.
LOWEST PRICE
$12,998
HIGHEST PRICE
$44,888

Range and Specs

Vehicle Specs Price*
C 3.0L, Diesel, 5 SPEED AUTOMATIC $14,410 - $18,920
C Luxury 3.0L, Diesel, 5 SPEED AUTOMATIC $16,060 - $20,570
Limited 3.0L, Diesel, 5 SPEED AUTOMATIC $14,630 - $19,250
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*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
Paul Gover
Paul Gover is a former CarsGuide contributor. During decades of experience as a motoring journalist, he has acted as chief reporter of News Corp Australia. Paul is an all-round automotive expert and specialises in motorsport.
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