I have bought GM cars for the last 12 years. Pontiac, Cadillac, 3 GMCs, 5 Chevys. We went looking for a vehicle to replace our 09 Yukon Denali AWD. Denali was very nice but we admit to big for our family. We start looking around at vehicles and decided we wanted AWD. Drove the Enclave and wasn't too impressed with the power or the projected gas mileage of 19mpg. We decided to look at AWD sedans at that point. XTS was about $15k more than what we wanted to spend. Lacrosse was too slow to be honest (Denali was actually quicker).
So we stopped by a Chrysler dealership. We remembered that we liked the way the 300C looked when we were at a car show in January. We drove three 2012 300 vehicles. One was a 300S so it had the V6. Impressive car to be honest. We then looked at two 2012 300C AWDs. One was a luxury series and one was not. We originally bought the one that was not. As it turns out it didn't have the parksense system although it had the $2420 safety tech package. We definitely wanted the parking sensors so the dealer allowed us to switch cars for $1500 difference in price (actual difference in price of vehicles).
The 2012 300C AWD Luxury Series is an amazing automobile. One of the best values out there. It has a 369 HP Hemi V8 that gets around 25-27mpg on the highway cruising at 75-80mph. The car has all the luxury features, even heated/cooled cupholders in the front. Interior material quality is fantastic. We paid around $42k for it. We have been very impressed with it so far. AWD system is amazing. It runs in RWD mode unless it is below 37 degrees, the wipers are on or you use the transmission's paddles to shift the gears. It will engage the front axle if needed otherwise though.
Is it quick? Around 5.5 sec 0-60 so I say that is pretty quick. It is so quiet inside also. Power is very smooth. GM should really look at the 300C as it is tough competition. Especially with the rumored $40k 2014 Impala LTZ coming out. I still have 3 Chevys at my house (2011 Corvette GS Convertible, 2012 Sonic and 2007 Impala SS). I just don't know if my next car will be a GM.