Consumer Reports Raves About New Chrysler 300

Chrysler has ranked at the bottom of the magazine's reliability tests since 2009

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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