• Sep 29th 2011 at 8:31AM
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The 2011 Chrysler 300 (Chrysler).
The "best Chrysler" Consumer Reports has tested in decades still ranks in the middle of the pack among the 10 they've evaluated in recent years, but it's a huge leg up for Chrysler, which just two years ago was struggling at the bottom of Consumer Reports' ratings lists.

Consumer Reports tested four upscale sedans in its most recent edition – the Chrysler 300, Hyundai Genesis, Toyota Avalon, and the Acura TL. All four earned excellent scores.

But Consumer Reports hasn't been a big fan of Chrysler products in the past. In 2009, Chrysler and GM were the bottom two automakers in terms of reliability, according to the magazine. David Champion, the magazine's head of auto testing, told USA TODAY then that "Chrysler is a sad story." Their new products were missing the mark in terms of reliability testing and consumer appeal.

The new 300 is "the best Chrysler sedan we've seen in decades," the magazine writes.

"The 300C's quick, muscular 5.7-liter V8 engine is now complemented by responsive handling and a more comfortable ride," Champion said. "And, thanks to a major upgrade, its roomy interior is now quieter, more luxurious, and has improved visibility."

It's not surprising the Hyundai Genesis topped the list of upscale sedans, because it's ranked there since 2009. Consumer Reports said the updates the Genesis received for 2012 give it a softer, more comfortable ride.


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      Your Momma
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chrysler, Plymouth(now obsolete), Dodge. All products of Mopar. Technical definition of the word dodge means to avoid. Why would you purchase any Mopar product whose definition means to avoid? Diamler/Chrysler has produced nothing but the poorest quality controlled vehicles ever. The Dodge Ram is a joke when compared to GM or Ford. The reason the public still buys them is cause the dealers practically give them away. I saw a dealer trying to unload a huge batch with an additional 10G off the price. Dodge=junk!
        mydaytona43
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Your Momma
        You are an idiot!! The word Mopar means to rule the roads and that's what they have and always do!!! If you are tooo stupid to buy one and want to buy from OBAMA motors that's your mistake and if your willing to put your families life in jeopardy by buying and driving an import then you are the fool for doing so and the only thing I can say to you is you are a real traitor to this country for doing so!!! Obama motors and Import turds equal junk!!! Mopar equals the thrill to drive!!!
        mydaytona43
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Your Momma
        You are an idiot!! The word Mopar means to rule the roads and that's what they have and always do!!! If you are tooo stupid to buy one and want to buy from OBAMA motors that's your mistake and if your willing to put your families life in jeopardy by buying and driving an import then you are the fool for doing so and the only thing I can say to you is you are a real traitor to this country for doing so!!! Obama motors and Import turds equal junk!!! Mopar equals the thrill to drive!!!
      klitfin
      • 3 Years Ago
      We'll be seeing more in the ghettos
        mydaytona43
        • 3 Years Ago
        @klitfin
        I didn't know the Suburbs were now being referred to as Ghetto's??? Most of them end up in gated communities and homes that are built around golf courses which is where the people that can afford them live!! There ain't nobody in any GHETTO I know of going to be buying let alone driving anything this nice anytime in this or any other decade unless they STEAL it!!!
      Digieman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Consumer Reports Is byiested in their reviews. I figured that out abour 25 years ago after buying some product indorsed by CR and found out that the product was really CRAP
      calcomjoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      saw the new chryslers at the car show and this was the only good car from chrysler. the rest looked nice on the outside, but cheap on the inside.
      Gregory
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Chryslers best still rates at the middle of the pack they obviously have some work to do. I had a 2005 Dodge Magnum R/T that I really have nothing bad to say about. It was pretty good quality and the Hemi was impressive. But I went back to Audi. No American car can compare to Audi, Mercedes, and Bmw's quality.
        Sid Hatfield
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gregory
        I bet your Magnum was a lot cheaper to maintain and fix than the Audi. Audi is a great car to drive ....until the warranty runs out!
      agmassey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Consumer Reports has always been bias against American cars. I never look at their reports anymore.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the Chrysler PT CRUISERS. i HAVE ONE AND i WISH THEY WERE MAKING MORE, i WOULD LOVE TO OWN ANOTHER ONE. THEY ARE EASY TO DRIVE, VERY GOOD ON GAS. I LOVE THEM.
      James G. Banks
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would buy a Crapsler when? Never. Anyone in the U.S. buying a Chrapsler is a complete idiot. Why would anyone buy something that was stolen from them in the first place? Chrapsler took a government bailout from the Obama bin Laden admin. like GM, but then sold out to yet another foreign corp. Fiat (which I fondly call Efup), which said with a big Italian middle finger, Ef you U.S., we're not pay you back. Once again, the UAW robbed you and then wnats to sell you the crap they slap together. Do any of you realize that Chrapsler has made Jeep into a joke of a company after buying it in 1985. They bought Mitsu corp., a company that held U.S. P.O.W. in there concentration and work camps during WW2. They were merged into Daimler Benz, another sorry company that provided for Hitler's war movement. And now, after Benz dumped the pos company, another pos company from that equally Hitler supporting country Italy, has bought them out. Now, for the actual autos, every one that I have seen,test driven or road in were turds and lemons not worthy of being on the roads with even the worst Yugo from the eighties.
        mydaytona43
        • 3 Years Ago
        @James G. Banks
        I'll put a jeep up against anything you want and you will LOSE!! Same with a Mopar, you bring it and I will sting it with anything Mopar builds!! You are a moron!!!
      Mark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Absolutely stunning appearance ! What an eye-catcher...lots of power and still gets good MPGs. Way to go Chrysler...I will always root for the underdog. I am also glad Chrysler repaid it's government loan in full nearly 2 years early. I am going to be purchasing a new vehicle this spring and am leaning towards the new 300. My neighbor 3 doors down bought one back in June and says nothing but good thing about his, and likes it better than the Lexus he traded in for it.
      Frank S. Pedigo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just hope they stop the racist commercials for the 300 . Every one is some black thug . You never see a black or white professional .
        acobra163
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frank S. Pedigo
        Frank, you take the prize for ignorance. Marshall Mathers isn't a thug or Black. Ndamacong Suh is a multi-millionaire defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, but why let reality get in the way of hateful ignorance?
      Tom
      • 3 Years Ago
      "best chrysler in decades"? kinda like the tallest midget?
      car4068043
      • 3 Years Ago
      When FIAT took over, their chairman asked to see the Chrysler line-up and he was applaled by the level of fit and finish being offered. He immediately ordered an upgrade of about $100 per car in finishes which does not sound like much but when spread out over 100,000 units, you're talking BIG money. The results have been seen-the 300 is a classic American muscle car with euro-styling and the Dodge Ram 1500 series truck is challenging the Ford F-150 series hard. The new Caravan and T&C vans, which were already #1 have surpassed evn that, and the new 200 is a marked upgrade over the old Sebring, which was solely a rental car drone for years. Finally,is there any better off-the-line muscle car then the refined Charger? Good for Chrysler.
        usmcr32yr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @car4068043
        Dodge Ram challenging F-150 hard ? Ford out sells Dodge 5 to 1 . 300 is a classic American muscle car ? I don't think so . Better off the line muscle car than Charger ? Well lets see , Shelby 500 , Camaro , Mustang Cobra , F-150 Raptor . F-150 Harley Davidson . Charger will sell less than any of these cars . Chrysler has improved but it is only a matter of time till it goes away . This is the second time they had to be bailed out . They get sold to someone new about once a year .
        chapython
        • 3 Years Ago
        @car4068043
        Actually I would have to say there are two. First the Ford Mustang which has always been in production since the 1960's and the number one seller. next would be the Camaro. I would classify the camaro as a wantabe one. I personally like the Mustang best.
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