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    Thread: I like the Charger / 300 Pentastar... What similar medium-large sedans to consider under $30k?

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      09-07-2012 05:26 AM #1
      I'm looking for a comfortable highway cruiser that still has a bit of style / swagger, with respectable power, and handling that isn't going to be too depressing. I keep reading that these two Chryslers are solid values. Some people reporting poor fit and finish on the interior, while others rave about it.

      The Pentastar V6 has gotten favorable reviews for having a good balance of power and economy, especially with the 8-spd ZF transmission found in the 300 and Charger.

      What else should I look at?

      The Taurus looks good but the MyFord Touch seems to be a mess.

      How about the Passat SE with 280HP VR6?

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      09-07-2012 08:10 AM #2
      For what it's worth, a 2013 Altima V6 is faster, more fuel efficient, and a similar interior size. It's not RWD though, and I think a test drive could sell me on a 300S or Pentastar Charger if it came down to it.

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      09-07-2012 08:10 AM #3
      What about the Chrysler 200? You can get the Pentastar engine in that as well. My friend has a 200 S, it's a good car. Very comfortable, interior is nice and I believe he's actually run a 14.38 in the 1/4 mile with it lol.

      Edit: Also he has a Corsa exhaust on his 200S, I highly recommend that if you go pentastar. That exhaust sounds effing amazing.
      Last edited by 90Foxbox; 09-07-2012 at 08:13 AM.

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      09-07-2012 09:57 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by 90Foxbox View Post
      What about the Chrysler 200? You can get the Pentastar engine in that as well. My friend has a 200 S, it's a good car. Very comfortable, interior is nice and I believe he's actually run a 14.38 in the 1/4 mile with it lol.

      Edit: Also he has a Corsa exhaust on his 200S, I highly recommend that if you go pentastar. That exhaust sounds effing amazing.
      I do like the look of the 200S, and the Pentastar should move that car pretty well I'd think.

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      09-07-2012 09:58 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by 90Foxbox View Post
      My friend has a 200 S, it's a good car. Very comfortable, interior is nice and I believe he's actually run a 14.38 in the 1/4 mile with it lol.

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      09-07-2012 09:59 AM #6


      Maybe a little more than 30K though
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      09-07-2012 10:02 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by spongebob_squarepants View Post
      The Taurus looks good but the MyFord Touch seems to be a mess.
      You could go with a 2012 Fusion. MFT is optional on all trims but Titanium. However, I'm not 100% sure what engines they will have at launch, but I think the V6 is gone. But you could go Hybrid for 27k with no MFT.
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      09-28-2012 08:00 AM #8
      FWIW I test drove the 2.5L Passat yesterday and it's a nice car, albeit a bit under powered on the highway. But it's roomy, comfortable, and feels very well put together.

      Ride is solid and it drives smaller than it looks like it should. Sight lines are good and seats are comfy.

      The VR6's are scarce in my area, but I think this car would really wake up with the six and a good set of springs.

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