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2005 Chrysler 300C
Yes! It's got a Hemi. (continued)

The Chrysler 300C combines luxury and performance.

Another look at the Chrysler 300C 5.7L Hemi (without covers)

We love the big grill opening and headlight treatment of the Chrysler 300C


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Thanks in part to the aforementioned German influence, the 300C feels right at home when the going gets twisty. Technically challenging switchbacks, off-camber corners and decreasing radius turns are handled with complete confidence and ease. We've never experienced a Chrysler so eager to tackle (and conquer) the twisty stuff. Body roll only becomes noticeable when you're really pushing the 300C, and feedback from the leather-wrapped steering wheel is great. It conveys what's happening under the front wheels and it responds crisply to driver input.

There's a slight hint of understeer, but most of that can be corrected with input from the right foot. The 300C's electronic stability system can't be completely disabled, but it does allow for some pretty sophomoric antics. On the track, we found the stability control to be a bit intrusive, but most folks won't be tracking their 300C.



So, how does the 2005 Chrysler 300C compare to the competition? It devastates it. The 300C has raised the bar for domestic sedans to stramospheric levels, thanks to its bold styling, potent powerplant, smooth chassis and delicious interior. Ford, Chevy (and for that matter Acura, BMW, Nissan and Toyota) take note: The 300C means business. Serious business.

Pros:
- Love the styling
- Incredible driving dynamics
- Wonderful interior, with great styling, fit and finish
- Hemi, baby - Hemi!
- Available all-wheel-drive

Cons:
- Would be even more fun with a 6-speed
- Stability controls can't be fully disabled
- Everyone asks you if it has a Hemi




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