AUTO RECON: An Insider's Guide to New Cars & Trucks

2016 Chrysler 300S


After a smooth ride around the block only a couple things are hinting at a sports car. The gear shifter has a sport position, the steering wheel has paddle shifters, accompanied by a sport mode button... Of course after selecting sport mode and changing into the sport position with the gear shifter, I go for the same drive. Immediately pulling back onto the street I can feel the shifting points have changed, going higher into the rpm range. I can really feel the power the 5.7L HEMI has to offer.. With a higher Horse power V8 getting up to speed is the last of your worries; working in conjunction with a high performance suspension the car handles like a dream. The Brembo performance brake kit was the finishing touch. Although, hidden behind the bold 20" hyper black wheels you can feel the difference a performance brake package brings to the table.

Under the hood
Utilizing a 5.7L HEMI, the Chrysler 300S speeds from 0-60 in 5.8 seconds. Knocking almost a full second off the the 6.7 seconds it takes the V6 model to do the same 0-60 test. The 5.7L being the smallest in the HEMI family still produces 363 horse power and 394 ft lbs of torque. With a 8 speed automatic transmission you'll have a fighting chance if you decide to take a trip to the race track. Although if you can keep the urge to put your foot to the floor it maintains good gas mileage. Chrysler has developed a system called MDS (multiple displacement system) meaning when you hit a cruising speed, the computer will shut down half the engine. Now rather than going on a road trip with a thirsty V8, the new M.D.S. will turn off half of the engine. your now only running on a 4 cylinder engine using only a fraction of the fuel! Because of this, the car is capable of 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with a average of 19 mpg 

On the inside
The leather wrapped bucket seats fool you into thinking you're on a first class flight, complimented by heated and vented seats with a view. Slide the dual pane panoramic sunroof back and enjoy the ride. The optional navigation package will guide you to your destination. On the same touch screen head unit you will find the the controls for amenities like the premier Beats 10 speaker sound system, Bluetooth media center, climate control and other apps the car features like a rear view back up camera and points of interest. 

MSRP:$42,855 ( as tested )
Engine/transmission: 5.7L HEMI V8 / 8 speed automatic transmission 
Output: 363hp / 394 ft lbs of torque
Mpg: 16 city / 25 highway / average 19

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