WORTH A LOOK AND A DRIVE
Everything was fine. The 300 was fine, the weather was fine, every journey was fine – no hills, no challenges other than red lights and parking, no going over 60 MPH. Tunes got played, life got lived, seven days went by and the 300 was off into the sunset. Sometimes “fine” is enough.
The biggest reason to buy? $34,395 base price, more with extras. That’s pretty good for a full-size sedan with a cool-looking analog clock, paddle shifters and all the latest in computer-run climate, audio, nav sys, stability control, ABS brakes and more. It is not by any means an ugly car. It also isn’t drop-dead gorgeous.
A 363-horsepower Hemi V8 is available, or a 3.6-liter V6 making 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque in the S model. All 300 models have eight speeds now, controlled by a rotary knob like many other automakers who are doing away with stalks.
Steering effort and throttle response can be adjusted to one’s satisfaction. The V6 trim’s available with an all-wheel-drive system; it will disengage the front axle when its not required.
Our tester achieved a professed 18 miles to the gallon in cities and 27 over highways. We didn’t fill it up. We never went fast, or far for that matter.
Speaking of going fast –
A voice announced, a few times during each trip, “The speed limit is 45 miles per hour.” Or 20, or 55, and so on. A person with a little knowledge and experience could disable this voice, or perhaps its shutoff instructions were in the owner’s manual. I didn’t bother trying to disable it; I just quietly loathed it and looked forward to the end of the test every time it went off. I also looked to my right now and again to see what the speed limit was.
As I say, though – normal.
It was here and now it’s gone; we went where we needed to go and it did what we asked of it.
Nothing wrong with any of it.