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In the not too distant past, large sedans had devolved into largely boring highway cruisers destined for lives consisting of annual trips from New York to South Florida. Thankfully, the industry's latest crop of big four-doors actually brings improved quality and a more enjoyable driving experience to the table. This couldn't be any more evident than the new large sedans that Consumer Reports recently tested and rated. While the Hyundai Genesis remained on top in this category, the updated 2012 Chrysler 300 surged ahead of its other competitors thanks primarily to the car's new transmission. Other sedans tested that were new or improved in 2012 include the Hyundai Azera, Buick LaCrosse eAssist and the 2013 Ford Taurus.

With a rating of 87, the Hyundai Genesis is still the institute's top-rated large sedan, but the new Chrysler 300 V6 with the eight-speed automatic transmission put Chrysler's flagship sedan closer to the Genesis with a rating of 83; the V8-powered 300C has a rating of 82. This higher rating is a result of the new ZF-sourced transmission's smoother shifts and improved fuel economy. A five-speed transmission is still offered in the car, but the new gearbox delivers an extra 4 miles per gallon on the highway (and 2 mpg in the combined rating). The new transmission did take a slight hit from CR due to its oddly "fussy" shifter.

Nipping at the heels of the new 300 V6, the redesigned 2012 Hyundai Azera received a favorable score of 81 due to mainly its improved interior and ride quality. The Buick LaCrosse eAssist mild hybrid comes in next with a rating of 78 to go with its best-in-class observed economy of 26 mpg, while the 2013 Ford Taurus is still at the bottom of the list with a rating of 64 primarily due to CR's dislike of the MyFord Touch infotainment system and the car's cramped cabin.

None of the four new sedans received the coveted CR recommendation since all are either brand-new or significantly updated for 2012.

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PRESS RELEASE FROM CONSUMER REPORTS:

CHRYSLER 300 CONTINUES COMBACK: V6 VERSION NEAR TOP OF CLASS IN CONSUMER REPORTS' LARGE SEDAN RATINGS

Buick LaCrosse with eAssist hybrid system achieves best-in-class 26 mpg

YONKERS, NY- The Chrysler 300 V6 earned an 83 test score in Consumer Reports ratings, which puts it near the top of its class, below the Hyundai Genesis.

When Consumer Reports tested the V8-powered 300C last year, engineers found it to be a huge improvement over the mediocre original. For 2012, the 300's V6 engine was paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, which improved drivability and helped the large sedan get a decent 22 mpg in CR's fuel-economy tests.

Rounding out Consumer Reports' foursome are the redesigned Hyundai Azera, which is more stylish and refined than its predecessor; the Buick LaCrosse equipped with GM's eAssist mild-hybrid system which is quiet, luxurious, and economical; and the freshened Ford Taurus which suffers from a relatively cramped interior, limited visibility, and complex controls.

"The 2011 redesign of the 300 put Chrysler's flagship back on the map in the large sedan category. Though the muscular V8-powered 300C delivers more oomph, most buyers will probably be quite happy with the V6 engine, which contributes to its refined character and helps it score near the top of its category," said David Champion, Sr. Director of Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.

The full report and road test results on Consumer Reports' latest tests are available on http://www.consumerreports.org on August 22st and in the October issue of Consumer Reports on newsstands September 4th. Updated daily, ConsumerReports.org is the go-to Website for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news and car buying information. Check out CR's ongoing Twitter feed at @CRCars.

None of the four sedans in the test group are recommended. CR doesn't have enough reliability data for the redesigned 300; the Azera and LaCrosse eAssist are too new; and the Taurus scored too low.

The Chrysler 300 is based on the same platform as the Dodge Charger, but the Chrysler scored higher in CR's testing. Handling is sound, and the steering is reasonably quick and appropriately weighted. At CR's test track, the 300 was steady and secure posting a modest speed through CR's avoidance maneuver with no surprises. The cabin is hushed with very little road noise. The interior is nicely trimmed with padded surfaced and well-finished leather and the controls are relatively simple and easy to use.

The redesigned Hyundai Azera is now more competitive among large sedans and like many Hyundais, it provides a lot of features for the money. Handling has improved, but the Azera is still not as agile as some of its competitors. It also suffers from a stiff, unrefined ride, which detracts from the car's luxury intentions. In general, the ride is controlled and compliant, but it's marred by short, frequent motions on the highway that compromise comfort. The interior is spacious and nicely finished.

The Buick LaCrosse equipped with GM's eAssist is a sophisticated modern sedan. The interior is luxurious with high-quality materials. It delivers a steady ride and responsive handling, qualities that haven't usually been associated with the Buick nameplate. Although the LaCrosse's base drivetrain still uses a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, for 2012 it's supplemented by GM's eAssist light hybrid system, for a total of 182-hp. That improves acceleration and fuel economy, resulting in a category-leading 26 mpg. But several faults keep the LaCrosse from reaching the top of the class, including a narrow cockpit, a busy dashboard, obscured sight lines and trunk storage that's compromised by the large battery.
Updated for 2013, the Ford Taurus is quiet and rides smoothly. The quiet cabin is largely free from road and wind noise. But the car's interior is cramped for such a large car and it's not easy to see out. Plus most Tauruses come with the cumbersome MyFordTouch control system. That dragged the Taurus's overall test score down to just below CR's threshold for Recommendation and makes the Taurus the lowest-rated model in this category. Agility isn't a strong suit. Body lean is controlled in corners and the steering has decent response, but it's devoid of feedback. The 288-hp V6 can sound harsh when pushed.

Consumer Reports is the world's largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.


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      photofill
      • 2 Years Ago
      "...while the 2013 Ford Taurus is still at the bottom of the list with a rating of 64 primarily due to CR's dislike of the MyFord Touch infotainment system and the car's cramped cabin." The dislike of the infotainment system is relative, one person will love it and another will hate it. But one fact is that car has a tiny interior. For such a huge car there is no room for passengers (or driver that matter). For some its not as much of a problem, but at 6'8" I was hoping they'd get that car right and give it some interior room, but nope. My 'compact car' has more interior room than that full size car!
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @photofill
        I agree with photofill. The front seat area is much smaller than the outside dimensions suggest. I'm not really into big cars, but for people who are, I think they would be disappointed in the amount of room in the front seats.
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @photofill
        We have a 12 Taurus.The car isn't any smaller than it's predecessor, they just made the dash wrap around the driver and passenger more, taking up more space. The car is very tall and with the electric seats you can sit the driver and passenger seat down far enough to drive just fine. Have had 5 passengers in it comfortably with no issues. No it is not as acre wide feeling as the previous Taurus but it clearly has more room than a compact. My 12 Focus hardly had any footroom in it for backseat passengers and that is not the case with the Taurus.
      GatorLCA
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have an '11 300C and I absolutely love it. It probably is one of the mose comfortable suspensions I've driven, even with the 20" rims/tires. I do like the Genesis' seat though
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Chip
        • 2 Years Ago
        It certainly is distinctive. I only wish it didn't cost $40k to get a loaded one.
      gnvlscdt23f
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Genesis V8 gets an 87, but the comparable Genesis V6 scores 92. The outgoing ES and Avalon are between the V6 versions of the Hyundai and Chrysler. And the Azera's score wasn't high because of its ride. It was dragged down by its ride, which CR called still and unrefined. And the Chrysler 300 isn't recommended not because it's too new, but because they didn't get enough responses from owners in the last survey.
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      Consumer Guide: Still the least relevant source for automotive opinions and information.
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Consumer Guide and Consumer Reports are actually two separate publications.
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Again, Consumer Reports. If it were up to them we would be driving slow marshmellows at 200MPG. In other words irrelevant and the facts have shown how inconsistent their ratings are.
        schizzle
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        Wrong. Again. CR has very credible auto testers. That's why their auto test chief was just hired by Nissan. "David Champion, the public face of Consumer Reports automotive testing, is returning to Nissan. The carmaker has hired CR's former auto test center senior director and given him a newly created job: Executive Advisor, Competitive Assessment and Quality. Champion worked for Nissan from 1994-1997 as a quality assurance engineer, before moving into the world of publishing." http://www.autoblog.com/2012/08/23/nissan-hires-away-consumer-reports-auto-test-chief/
        to your email L
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        And despite your whining, the Car companies pay close attention to them, because it's unbiased and scientific, unlike the Car mags and websites. They buy their cars anonymously so they can get a sample that most folks would get.. I know JD Powers is somewhat credible but using the subjective 'rated as the most appealing car' DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like the current 300. American style to be proud of.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I were to rate cars in the category, I would put Lexus on top 1. Lexus GS 2. Infiniti M 3. Hyundai Genesis V6 ... ... 8. Chrysler 300 ... ... 15. Audi A6 16. BMW 5 Series 17. Mercedes E class
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        Dump
        • 2 Years Ago
        Right. How many large sedans with a 120" wb looks as good at a fairly reasonable pricing range with a descent range of engine & interior content options?
      NeoReaper
      • 2 Years Ago
      fussy transmission... im not a big fan of chrysler but i was very excited to hear that they were putting in the 8 speed transmission from ZF. i have an A4 with the 8 speed ZF and i think its the greatest automatic transmission ive ever used. lightning fast, smooth, and highly intelligent at predicting the proper gear. i wonder why they experienced a "fussy" transmission when matched up with the chrysler platform.
        drolds1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NeoReaper
        Read it again. They didn't say the transmission was fussy. They said that about the gear selector.
      ebn.hahn
      • 2 Years Ago
      300C with same V6 that is being recalled for Cylinder Head replacement!!!??. CR is a JOKE, I am starting to tune them out. They need to lay off the FORD MYtouch, This story is becoming Nagging and OLD...
      wildone
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical CR BS According to the EPA, this Buick gets 26% better mileage than the Chrysler 6 and Hyundai which equates to more than $500 per year in savings on gas. Compared to the Chrysler V8, the Buick gets more than 50% better mileage for a savings of over $1100 annually. The Buick also starts at $3500 less than the Chrysler with the 8 speed trans and has a longer basic warranty.
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wildone
        What's your point? For one thing, CR does its own fuel tests, with an actual flow meter on actual roads. And while the Buick topped the class in fuel economy, at 26, the Chrysler returned 22 overall and the Hyundai 23. That's not 26% difference and CR's tests are not hard on the car. They don't even run the A/C. It was more like $305/yr savings in gas vs. the Chrysler.. And CR doesn't factor in price or warranty, since those are hard facts that the educated folks who read the magazine can easily figure out themselves.
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