2005 Chrysler 300 C (518.5)

At first glance the Chrysler 300 series makes a bold design statement with its massive front grill, chopped top, and low aggressive wheel stance. With its elegant designed interior, it feels like an early Rolls Royce with modern technology.  From the text choice used on the dash to the backlit luminescent displays, the interior design is seamless.  And at just over 4,100lbs, the optional 5.7 liter V8 Hemi pumping out 340 horses and 390 pound feet of torque, (standard on the 300C models), really gets this baby moving. My only argument on styling would be that Chrysler doesn’t offer a 20” rim from their factory options.

Performance and Options:

Well it’s easy to say that the 4,000 pound Hemi powered 300C is well equipped for a luxury sedan that cost under $40,000.  However if that’s over your price range Chrysler offers the very basic 300 at $23,920, and comes equipped with a 190 hp 2.7L V6 along with a few basic security and convenience options. Add another $4,000 and you get the 300 Touring at just under $28,000 with a more potent 250HP 3.5L V6, and a few better safety and security features.  Next in the array of the 300 line-up comes the Limited 300 at about $30,000. This buys you even more security and convenience options that come standard on the Limited version.  This would include; a 6-speaker stereo, A/C with dual zone control, powered- heated driver and front passenger seats, and a security alarm among other things.  For a base price of $35,000 you get the Hemi powered 300C with MDS (Multi-Displacement System Output,) rocketing you from 0- 60 in a claimed 5.3 seconds, and even more security and convenience features.  With MDS standard on the Hemi powered 300C, fuel efficiency is improved without loss of power.  Chrysler claims a 20% increase in fuel economy, although this number is relating to driving in city traffic with low acceleration and shallow grade climbing.

The 300C performed amazingly well given the size of the vehicle, and showed minimal body roll through turns utilizing every inch of rubber for increased traction.  Steering could have been a bit tighter, especially while turning at higher speeds. Although braking was good, pedal feel could definitely use improvement.  Turn off the ESP (Electronic Stability Program) button, or what I refer to as the “Danger” switch, and you’re in for some fun sideways racecar action.  Instantly that 340 horses that are begging to be let out, scream through every square inch of this beast and into the rear tires. Awesome!


Styling of the new Chrysler 300 series is one in a million.  It’s elegant yet very useful.  The only argument is that the position of the cruise control takes place of the turn signal.  Constantly I was managing to hit the cruise control every time I wanted to turn. What’s the reason for this design Chrysler? 

Fit and Finish:

Beautifully styled with crisp lines and smooth design. 


300- $23,920.00, 300 Touring $27,700.00, 300 Limited- $30,530, 300C- $33,495.00


Everything you need, from an optional NAV System to front heated seats and everything in between.  

The Competition:

2005 Models: Chrysler 300C $33,495, Buick Park Avenue $36-41,000, Pontiac Bonneville $27-35,000, Ford Crown Victoria- $24-30,000, Cadillac Deville- $46-51,000.

Gas Stats:

17 City and 25 Highway MPG


MSRP $33,495.

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