Consumer Reports: Chrysler 300, better than its rivals image

Chrysler 300, the large sedan offered by the Fiat-owned carmaker, obtained a better rating than rivals from General Motors and Ford.

In CR’s rankings, the 300 scored 83, behind only Hyundai’s Genesis (92). The New York-based magazine and product-testing group tested the cars for their handling, efficiency, comfort and ease of use. The 300’s good rating follows improved results in Consumer Reports testing for Chrysler models including the 200 sedan, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango sport-utility vehicles.

“The 2011 redesign of the 300 put Chrysler’s flagship back on the map in the large-sedan category,” David Champion, senior director of the Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center, said in a statement. Consumer Reports tested the latest 300 version, with six-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, which improved the model’s rating in fuel-economy tests. The 300 achieved 22 miles (35 kilometers) per gallon, according to the statement.

On the Consumer Reports’ test track, “the 300 was steady and secure, posting a modest speed through CR’s avoidance maneuver with no surprises,” read the statement. However, the Chrysler 300 didn’t receive the „Recommended” status as Consumer Reports doesn’t have enough data related to consumer reliability.

U.S. sales of the Chrysler 300 more than doubled to 44,200 this year through July, with the company gaining 1.2 percentage points of market share.