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2012 Chrysler 300 Limited RWD

By ALAN GELL, Automotive Journalist Modified: October 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm •  Published: October 13, 2012

There is usually something not to like about a new car and on the 2012 Chrysler 300, I found that to be the gear shifter. It was mounted on the console, right between the two front seats, and looked just like the Audi A8 that had been test-driven only a few weeks earlier. I had a similar problem with the Audi shifter as well, which required precision and slow movement to get into the specific gears. This was especially true when trying to push the knob upwards into the Reverse position, which regularly went into Park instead. Hopefully, the Chrysler (and Audi) engineers can fix this inconvenience.

Overall, the 2012 Chrysler 300 is top-of-the-line. It is a honest-to-gosh player in the luxury segment, offering up a good looking vehicle, premium interior, and combinations of engines and transmissions to give drivers plenty of power. This is one vehicle that can be used to drive the family sedately to church on Sunday or driven to the race track in a way that warms up your internal body engine for the next big race.

The test-drive model had a Base MSRP of $32,670 but several options added. These included a Luxury Group Package (leather seats, heated front & rear seats, heated steering wheel, back light sunshade, power adjustable pedals, and much more), a Customer Preferred Package (adaptive headlights, rear park assist, forward collision warning, and more), a Luxury Series Package (a lot more leather and chrome touches), and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. This all bumped the bottom sticker price with destination charges up to $45,055.

This is not an entry level small car that is designed to be passed off to your children in a few years. This is a large, luxury, powerful sedan that makes you proud to be seen. It creates that positive experience in driving that we look for when choosing our cars. Check it out yourself at a Chrysler dealership.


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