2011 Chrysler 300 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Chrysler 300 - Road Test Specs

2011 Chrysler 300 Sedan

(3.6L V6 FFV 5-speed Automatic)


Style4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$27,995
Options on test vehicleBlackberry Pearl Coat Paint ($295)
As-tested MSRP$28,290


Drive typeRear-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,604/220
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)10.2
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)292 @ 6,350
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)260 @ 4,800
Fuel typeFlex-fuel (unleaded/E85)
Transmission typeFive-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=3.59; II=2.19; III=1.41; IV=1.00; V=0.83; R=3.16; Final=2.65


Suspension, frontIndependent, coil springs, monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, coil springs, monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-over-hydraulic-assist, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.5
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelEnergy Saver A/S
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP215/65R17 98T
Tire size, rearP215/65R17 98T
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front12.6-inch ventilated with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear12.6-inch solid 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
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.3
@ Full throttle (dB)72.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)61.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsDoesn't like pedal overlap (too long) or wheelspin (too much) for best launch. Gearing seems awfully tall, but the engine still seems to pull regardless. Every shift occurred at redline and the transmission auto-upshifts in Manual mode at WOT. No rev-matched downshifts in Manual mode.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsGood medium-firm pedal effort from first to third stop, then became slightly softer without increase in distance. Good initial bite from brakes (pretty aggressive, in fact) and good effectiveness throughout stop -- even from 30-0 where some cars like this trail off.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: Moderate understeer at limit with stability control (ESC) off (which it isn't totally). Steering feels appropriately weighted and actually delivers some relevant info regarding tire grip. With stability control on, I detected some brake intervention followed by throttle closing to keep the car on line. Slalom: Very little delay in the steering response for good turn-in, but man, does this car lean over. A bit of a surprise, then, that it transitions so well and doesn't grow progressively late for the next cone. Just as things get interesting with the first hint of understeer, the ESC grabs the brakes in both on and off ESC modes. Still, this is a big improvement in terms of feel and precision over last 300.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)57.5
Relative humidity (%)56.3
Wind (mph, direction)1.6

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/27 highway/21 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)20.6
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.1

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,961
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,948
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)52.2/47.8
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
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
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.3


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Knee airbagsDriver only
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
IIHS offsetGood

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