The Chrysler 300 Series gets impressive updates in 2009, including a 5.7L, 370-hp Hemi V8 with multi-displacement for the 300C, auto headlamps and temp control for the 300 Touring and new grille, sunroof, Uconnect tunes and suspension tuning for the SRT8. The 2009 Chrysler 300 LX comes in RWD with a 2.7L V6 that has 178 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque, 4-speed automatic and 18 mpg city/26 mpg hwy and 21 mpg combined fuel economy. The Touring and Limited come with RWD and a 3.5L V6 good for 250 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. RWD fuel economy is 17 city/24 hwy and 20 combined, while the optional AWD gets 15/22/18 mpg. 4-speed automatic transmission is standard on the RWD 3.5L 300 sedans, while a 5-speed automatic comes with AWD. The Chrysler 300C Hemi standard features include a 5.7L V8 with 340 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque delivering 15/23/18 mpg, regardless of rear- or all-wheel drive, and a 5-speed automatic. The 300 SRT8 6.1L V8 puts out 425 hp and 420 lb-ft with a 5-speed automatic and fuel economy of 13/18/15 mpg.Read more Read less
Following some significant updates both inside and out in 2008, the Chrysler 300 sedan sees only limited changes for 2009. Chief among them is a new, advanced all-wheel-drive system. Rather than the previous fixed 38/62 power split from front to rear, the new system features an active transfer case with front axle disconnect that adjusts how much power is delivered to the front wheels. The 5.7L Hemi V8 in 300C models now delivers more horsepower and torque, as well as increased fuel efficiency, thanks in part to improved Multi-Displacement System (MDS) and variable valve timing (VVT). All 300s get increased standard equipment -- adaptive cruise control is available, and Limited and 300C models have a more refined suspension for a softer ride. A Walter P. Chrysler Executive option is available on Touring and Hemi models, which adds six inches of length to the 300.
Smooth ride and extraordinary comfort; spacious trunk; elegant styling; strong performance
The 2009 Chrysler 300 and 300C models are good people-haulers, with a smooth ride, comfortable interior and lots of trunk space. The V8 models are surprisingly fuel-efficient due to the included Multi-Displacement System (MDS), which can temporarily shut down half of the engine's cylinders when they're not needed. Also, the high-performance SRT8 model is in another league altogether, with acceleration and braking that are competitive with some of the top sport sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi.