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CHRYSLER 300 CONTINUES COMBACK: V6 VERSION NEAR TOP OF CLASS IN
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Buick LaCrosse with eAssist hybrid system achieves best-in-class 26
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
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
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
"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.
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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
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