2011 Chrysler 300 - Road Test Specs

2011 Chrysler 300 Sedan

(3.6L V6 FFV 5-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Year Make Model2011 Chrysler 300 Base (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
Vehicle TypeRWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$27,170
Options on test vehicleBlackberry Pearl Coat ($295)
As-tested MSRP$28,290 (including destination)
Assembly locationOntario, Canada
North American parts content (%)73
Drivetrain
ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated port-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,604/220
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.2
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)N/A
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)292 @ 6,350
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)260 @ 4,800
Fuel typeFlex fuel (E85 or 87-octane gasoline)
Transmission typeFive-speed automatic with console shifter and manual mode
Transmission ratios (x:1)1st = 3.59; 2nd = 2.19; 3rd = 1.41; 4th = 1.00; 5th = 0.83
Final-drive ratio (x:1)2.65
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent double wishbones, coil springs, monotube dampers, lateral links, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.5
Tire make and modelMichelin Energy Saver A/S
Tire typeAll season
Tire sizeP215/65R17 98T
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum, painted
Brakes, front12.6-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear12.6-in one-piece solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph (sec.)7.1
0-75 mph (sec.)10.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.1 @ 94.2
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.9
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.1
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.9
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.3
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)10.4
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.2 @ 93.7
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.2
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON62.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.75
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.3
@ Full throttle (dB)72.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)61.5
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,900
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsDoesn't approve of pedal overlap (too long) or wheelspin (too much), so minimizing both of those provided the best launch. Gearing seems awfully tall, but the engine never seems to bog down at low rpm either. Every upshift occurred at redline and they were very smooth. Transmission auto-upshifts even in Manual mode and doesn't provide matched-rev downshifts either.
Braking commentsGood, medium-firm pedal effort from first to third stop, then it became slightly softer, but without increasing stopping distance, which remained almost identical. Fairly aggessive jump-in (but I like that) and good effectiveness throughout each stop (no plateaus or dips in power) even from 30-0 where some cars like this tend to bleed off pressure.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Moderate understeer at the limit with ESC "off" which it isn't completely. Steering feels appropriately weighted and actually delivers some relevant information regarding tire grip. With ESC on, I detected some brake application/intervention followed by throttle closing to keep the car on line. Slalom: Very little slack in the system, crisp turn-in right off center, but man does this car lean over. A bit of a surprise, then, that it transitions back to the other side so well and doesn't grow progressively "late" for remaining cones. Just as things get interesting with a hint of impending rotation, however, the ESC grabs the brakes regardless of ESP on/off. Still, this is a huge improvement in both steering and chassis control, feel and precision compared to the previous-gen 300.
Testing Conditions
Test date2/1/2011
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)57.5
Relative humidity (%)56.3
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)29
Wind (mph, direction)1.6, headwind
Odometer (mi.)1,570
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)30/30
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/27 highway/21 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.4 worst, 24.4 best, 20.6 average (over 944 miles)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.1
Driving range (mi.)515.7
Audio and Advanced Technology
Stereo descriptionAM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA and SD card reader with 6 speakers and multifunction touchscreen
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack and aux jack
Satellite radioStandard Sirius
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityOptional
Navigation systemNot available
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartStandard ignition doors
Parking aidsNot available
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard instantaneous/average fuel econ + econ lamp
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,961
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,948
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)52/48
Length (in.)198.6
Width (in.)75.0
Height (in.)58.4
Wheelbase (in.)120.2
Track, front (in.)63.4
Track, rear (in.)63.8
Turning circle (ft.)Being researched
Legroom, front (in.)41.8
Legroom, rear (in.)40.1
Headroom, front (in.)38.6
Headroom, rear (in.)37.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)59.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)57.7
Seating capacity5
Step-in height, measured (in.)15.6
Trunk volume (cu-ft)16.3
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)30.8
GVWR (lbs.)4,950
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)1,000
Ground clearance (in.)4.7
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles

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