Friday, May 4, 2012

Test Drive: 2012 Chrysler 300 S

Keeps its signature Bentley-on-a-budget look

The standard-issue engine is Chrysler’s new and much-vaunted Pentastar 3.6-liter V6, a world-class mill that delivers 292 hp and 31 mpg on the highway, unsurpassed among gasoline-fed rear-wheel-drive full-size sedans.

Helping it achieve this level of efficiency is Chrysler’s first use of an 8-speed automatic transmission, which is not yet available with the V8s. The box of many gears putting it in league with foreign luxury brands like BMW and Audi, not to mention its most direct rival, the Hyundai Genesis.

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