I had my choice of some full size rentals yesterday. Malibus, Impalas, Chargers, a lone HHR. Hmm, how'd that get in there?
I picked a Charger, I've never driven the Chrysler 300 platform and I should have before this.
Very good ergonomics, the turn signal and cruise levers are at about 5 and 7 o'clock, where they should be. I can actually SEE them and READ the writing on them.
The headlight control is the "old fashioned" type, which IMO is superior to one stalk with 12 different functions, which can be confused. Confused especially at night, since you can't see said stalk.
HVAC controls are simple and direct.
The instruments are light and quite visible. Good.
This car is grey, interior grey and some black. It's much lighter than the coal-mine darkness of our GP, unfortunately the front seats cannot match the GXP buckets. Flat & hard (but not hard-comfortable like an Accord), little bolstering, buttache after 20 minutes.
Power from the 3.5 is good. I was focused mainly on not getting lost so I didn't power up. I'll check to see if this is a 4 or 5-speed auto.
Very nice highway feel. Good thrump absorbtion, much less busy than the Taurus I rented six months ago. The 17" tires feel well-planted.
More dynamics shall be reported after further exploration.
So far? With bum seats this is not a car I would own. I wonder if the Chrysler seats are the same?
But as a driver, so far so good, this is a very nice car.
Oh, the KEY! First time I've seen this, it's a plastic nub that fits in a slot in the dash. Kewl.