2011-2014 Chrysler 300C:
specifications, competitive comparisons

First, let’s compare the RWD 300 against...

2013Chrysler 300 (Base)Chrysler 300CHonda Accord LXFord Taurus SEToyota Camry LCadillac CTS LuxuryMercedes E350
Price (U.S.)$29,995$35,995$21,680$26,600$22,055$38,905$51,000
Horsepower292 292185288178270302
Torque 260260181254170223273
Gas mileage19 /31 19 /31 24 /34 19 /29 25 /35 18 /27 20 /30
Rear legroom40.1"40.1"38.5"38.1"38.9"36.135.8"
Heated leatherStandardStandardN/AN/AStandardStandardStandard
Backup cameraN/AStandardStandardN/AN/AN/AOptional
Remote startOptionStandardN/AN/AN/AStandardN/A

The 2012 Chrysler 300 brought an optional eight-speed automatic to the V6. The 2012 300 SRT8 packed 465 horsepower.

2011-2014 Chrysler 300C specifications

The base engine on was a V6; the 300S V6 had 300 horsepower but the others had 292. The eight-speed automatic dropped V6 0-60 times to 6.6 seconds, versus the five-speed, while raising gas mileage by around 3-4 mpg. The 5.7 liter Hemi went up slightly to 363 horsepower, but gas mileage increased; 0-60 times are quoted at under 6 seconds.

chrysler 300C

Europeans got a 188 hp or 236 hp (their choice) VM diesel, with better gas mileage, more power, and quieter operation than the Mercedes diesel used in 2010.

There were four models (and an SRT8 for the 2012-14 model years): Touring (with V6), Limited (with V6, leather, heated front seats, fog lamps, backup camera, 18-inch chrome wheels, bright door handles, and more), 300C (standard V8), and 300C AWD. For 2013, again, Limited was dropped, 300S added, 300C V6 added.

2012V6 (AWD)V6-8spdHemiSRT8Diesel 1Diesel 2
Horsepower 292 @ 6,350 363 @ 5,200 470188 @ 4,000236 @ 4,000
Torque260 @ 4,800 394 @ 4,200 470324 @ 1,600406 @ 1,800
EPA gas mileage18/2719/3116/25 (RWD)14/23  
0-60 time~ 8 ?6.6< 6 sec~ 5 10.19.0

Moving on:

2005
Chrysler 300

2011-14 Chrysler 300
and Chrysler 300C

2000
Chrysler Concorde
Wheelbase120"120"113"
Length197"199"209"
Width74"75"74.5"
Height58.4"58.4" - 59.2” 56"
Track63"64"62"
Weight3,700 - 4,000 lb3,961 - 4,513 lb3,476-3,556 lb
Ground clearance5.6" ?4.7 - 5.0"5.1"
Weight distribution53/47 (V6)52/48 (V6)64/36
Drag coefficient.33.320.312
Interior vol. (cf)106.6 106.3 107.6
EPA interior vol122.2122.6126.3
Cargo (cubic ft.)15.6 16.3 18.7
Front head room38.7 (983)38.6 (974) - Standard
36.9 w/2-pane sunnroof
38.3 (974) - Standard
37.1 (942) - w/moonroof
Front leg room41.8 (1061)41.842.1 (1070)
Front shoulder room59.4 (1510)59.559.1 (1500)
Front hip room55.9 (1420)56.256.4 (1431)
Seat travel10.6 driver, 8.7 passenger8.7 (220)
Rear head room38.0 (965)37.9 (no sunroof)37.2 (945)
Rear leg room40.2 (1020)40.1 41.6 (1056)
Rear knee clearance4.8 (122)3.9 5.9 (151)
Rear shoulder room57.7 (1466)57.7 (1465)58.3 (1482)
Rear hip room55.9 56.1 56.8

More Competitive Comparisons: Chrysler 300C versus... (2011)

See above for 2013 comparisons.

  Chrysler 300 Limited Honda Accord EX-L Ford Taurus SEL Buick LaCrosse CXL Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Toyota Camry XLE Cadillac CTS Premium
Price (Canada) $34,995 $33,390 $32,499 $34,795 $32,098 $36,410 $44,680
Horsepower 292 271 263 280 270 268 270
Torque 260 254 249 259 258 248 223
EPA gas mileage (US) 18/27 20/30 18/28 17/27 20/27 20/29 18/27
Rear seat legroom 40.1 37.2 38.1 40.5 35.8 38.3 35.0
Heated leather Std Std $1,350 $1,780 $3,850 Std Std
Rear backup camera Std None $,2800 None $3,850 $1,930 With package
Remote start Std $702 Optional Std No $950 Std

Rumors: Were our sources accurate?

JackRatchett did a fine job with his advance rendering...

2011 Chrysler 300C car rendering

In 2007, Allpar reported that the next generation (2011) LX would be:

  • Aerodynamic. Less boxy, to improve noise and fuel economy.  
  • More fuel efficient.
  • Modified axle ratios
  • Pentastar V6 engine — 290 hp with better mileage than the 250 hp 3.5 liter — quieter than the Toyota V6. (In the 300 it provides 292 hp — and is quieter, with better mileage).
  • More gears in the transmission (an eight-speed came in 2012).
  • Better interiors. The next generation of full-sizers will set the standard for the rest of the brands in the divisions. (This was true.)
  • Comfort features. New entertainment systems and driver comfort options.
  • Improve on all-around performance.
  • [2009 prediction] SRT-8s will use a production version of the 392 (6.4) Hemi with 465 hp and MDS for better gas mileage (starting around model-year 2012). (Happened.)
  • [2009 prediction] oh2o wrote that “Chrysler is going to launch a new series of large-screen radios in several 2011 models, which will feature an 8.4" touch screen, with and without navigation. The new radios will be offered in the 2011 Dodge Charger, 2011 Chrysler 300, and 2011 Dodge Journey. 8.4" non-nav touch-screen radios will be standard and the 740N navigation version will be an option on some models and standard on others.”
  • The 300C was to be used as the basis for three Mercedes classes: E, CLS, and R. We don’t know that status of that deal and probably never will. Most likely it went forward. Mercedes is likely to use a 3.2 liter variant of the Pentastar V6.
  • “Dodgeguy1961” reported in 2009 the following engine list for the Chrysler 300 and 300C; a year or so later, he was vindicated by the presence of these engines in the Five Year Plan:
    • 3.0 liter Phoenix V6 (possibly for export)
    • 3.0 liter Mercedes turbodiesel V6 — same as the current version — possibly export-only [replaced by a VM]
    • 3.6 liter Phoenix V6 — we’d guess around 290 hp [we were right]
    • 5.7 liter Hemi MDS/VCT — we’d guess around 360 hp [it's closer to 380]
    • 6.4 liter Hemi (SRT) — we’d guess around 470-490 hp [it ended up at 465]
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