2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
(6.4L V8 5-speed Automatic)
What our ratings include
Date Driven: 8/30/2011
Even though it weighs over 4,000 pounds, the Chrysler 300 SRT8 is seriously fast thanks to a 470-horsepower V8. The five-speed automatic is excellent at straight-line, full-throttle acceleration.
A combination of tire grip and a compliant but firm suspension add up to a big car that can transition quickly and hold the road extremely well. Enthusiastic driving may reveal occasional overly-hard transmission downshifts.
With 20-inch wheels and a sport suspension, a rough ride isn't a shock. Still, the 300 SRT8 isn't harsh or bouncy, but be advised that this is a sportier feel than most big cars.
The large wheels and sticky summer rubber make for some road noise and the engine is audible virtually all the time. There is very little wind noise.
The 300's interior is laid out extremely well and most of the controls explain themselves.
This is a big car with a high beltline, so visibility isn't great, especially out the back. A rearview camera and blind-spot monitoring system are useful to have from the options list.
Seat Access & Space
The 300 SRT8 has large, well-bolstered bucket seats that should fit most body types. As a large sedan, entry and egress are very easy.
Cargo & Storage
60/40-split folding rear seats are standard and the trunk is large with a wide and deep opening. Interior storage is adequate.
The 300 SRT8 features high-quality interior materials and displays precise panel gaps -- evidence of quality manufacturing. Our test vehicle had no squeaks or rattles. A high-quality product.