Chrysler 300 beats Ford Taurus, Buick LaCrosse in Consumer Reports testing
Chrysler’s new 300 sedan sedan topped its domestic competitors in the latest Consumer Reports‘ test of large sedans. The Chrysler 300 scored a strong 83, coming in behind the Hyundai Genesis, which scored 92.
Ford’s Taurus came in at 64 while Buick’s LaCrosse scored 78. Hyundai’s new Azera hit a nice score of 81.
“The 2011 redesign of the 300 put Chrysler’s flagship back on the map in the large sedan category. Though the muscular V8-powered 300C delivers more oomph, most buyers will probably be quite happy with the V6 engine, which contributes to its refined character and helps it score near the top of its category,” said David Champion, Sr. Director of Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.
But it wasn’t all bad new for Ford and GM (at least GM). Buick’s new LaCrosse eAssist hybrid achieved best-in-class 26 mpg.
The Chrysler 300 is based on the same platform as the Dodge Charger, but the Chrysler scored higher in CR’s testing. Handling is sound, and the steering is reasonably quick and appropriately weighted. At CR’s test track, the 300 was steady and secure, posting a modest speed through CR’s avoidance maneuver with no surprises. The cabin is hushed with very little road noise. The interior is nicely trimmed with padded surfaces and well-finished leather and the controls are relatively simple and easy to use.
– By: Omar Rana