With a choice of a modern, flexible V6 or a famously brawny V8, Chrysler’s new 300 seeks to pick up where its award-winning forebear left off. Now flaunting crisp creases in its cubist shape, and modelling an upscale grille between jewelled headlights, the 300 has the look of an athlete in a sharp suit rather than that of a nightclub bouncer. Chrysler has quieted the cabin and refined the suspension action to great effect. The company has also beefed up the structure, added the latest driver aids (such as collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and an AWD option) and slathered the interior with upscale materials and textures. It’s now a car that feels like it belongs in the premium class, yet prices are pitched well in the ballpark of the mid-sized competition. – Barry Winfield
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