From Chrysler press: In addition to striking design, a refined interior, premium communication and entertainment features and an abundance of standard safety and security features, the 2009 Chrysler 300 offers improved fuel economy, while providing more horsepower and torque from a new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine.
The 2009 all-wheel-drive Chrysler 300 models are now equipped with Active Transfer Case and Front-axle Disconnect. The unique system seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with no driver intervention. All-wheel-drive mode can also be manually selected by shifting the gear selector to Auto Stick mode or by activating the windshield wipers for an extended period of time.
The rear-wheel-drive 2009 Chrysler 300 LX is equipped with a 2.7-liter V-6 engine providing 178 horsepower (133 kW) @ 5,500 rpm and 190 lb.-ft. (258 N•m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm. The 2009 Chrysler 300 LX with the 2.7-liter engine achieves an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. A 3.5-liter High Output V-6 engine featured on the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive Chrysler 300 Touring and Chrysler 300 Limited models provides 250 horsepower (186 kW) @ 6400 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. (340 N•m) of torque @ 3800 rpm.
The 2009 Chrysler 300 Touring rear-wheel-drive models with 3.5-liter engine achieve an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive models achieve an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The 2009 Chrysler 300C rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models both feature the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with a five-speed automatic transmission that produces 360 horsepower (268 kW) and 389 lb.-ft. (527 N•m) of torque.
In addition, the 2009 Chrysler 300 Limited and 300C feature a comfort-tuned suspension for a smoother ride. For those looking for a sport-tuned suspension, the Chrysler 300C Heritage offers the same performance steering, suspension and shocks as the Dodge Charger Daytona R/T.