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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2011 North American Auto Show in Detroit.
Chrysler 300
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What is it? The updated 2011 Chrysler 300 is the latest model from Chrysler to go through extensive updates. The main exterior changes include a new grille with seven horizontal blades in a liquid-chrome finish plus the new Chrysler badge. The windshield has been moved back three inches with thinner pillars that Chrysler claims improves visibility by 15 percent. The proportions are the same as the outgoing model, but Chrysler has refined the sedan's look.

Interior upgrades include available heated leather seats and hand-sanded wood accents on the instrument panel, doors, console, and steering wheel. An 8.4-inch touch screen infotainment system called Uconnect Touch will include Garmin navigation, climate control, plus other convenience features such as gas price check.

Chrysler says the 300 will have class-leading safety features including forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, active cruise control, ESC, and a full compliment of air bags.

The engine will be a new flex fuel 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 delivering 292-hp. The existing 5.7-liter Hemi V8 producing 363-hp will be standard on the 300C Limited trim. Pricing is set to start at $27,995 (including destination).

We found the previous generation 300 roomy, and, with the V8, had quick acceleration, but fuel economy was poor at 16 mpg. Our last tested V6 model returned 19 mpg overall. Finally, inside the cabin we thought that visibility was limited due to the thick roof pillars.

When will it be available? First quarter of 2011.

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