SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Chrysler Group boosted its rating in Consumer Reports testing of large sedans as its 300 topped offerings by General Motors and Ford.
The Chrysler 300 scored an 83, behind only Hyundais Genesis at 92, the Yonkers, N.Y., magazine and product-testing group said last week.
Among other new models in the segment featured in Consumer Reports October issue, Hyundais Azera recorded a score of 81, followed by 78 for GMs Buick LaCrosse and 64 for Fords Taurus.
The 300 was one of the 16 new or refreshed models that Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne introduced in the 19 months after Chrysler emerged from a U.S.-backed bankruptcy under Fiats control.
The 300 follows improved results in Consumer Reports testing for Chrysler models including the 200 sedan and Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango sport-utility vehicles.
The 2011 redesign of the 300 put Chryslers flagship back on the map in the large-sedan category, David Champion, senior director of the Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center, said in the statement.
This years findings were the first to include testing of the 300 with a six-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, which improved the models showing in fuel-economy tests, the magazine said. The 300 achieved 22 miles per gallon, according to the statement.
The cars were tested for their handling, efficiency, comfort and ease of use. At the researchers track, the 300 was steady and secure, posting a modest speed through CRs avoidance maneuver with no surprises, according to the e-mail.
U.S. sales of the 300 more than doubled to 44,200 this year through July as the company added 1.2 percentage points of market share.
The 300 didnt receive the publications Recommended status because Consumer Reports doesnt have enough survey data related to consumer reliability, according to the statement.
Carmakers seek favorable evaluations from the magazine, as its reviews are considered the most objective because of policies of accepting no advertising and buying every vehicle it tests.
Hyundais Azera, which started selling early this year, has improved handling while still trailing competitors because of its stiff, unrefined ride, Consumer Reports said.
GMs Buick LaCrosse with eAssist scored lower than rivals because of a narrow cockpit, a busy dashboard, obscured sight lines and trunk storage thats compromised by its hybrid battery system, according to the statement.
The drivetrain helped the LaCrosse achieve 26 mpg in Consumer Reports testing, the best in the large-sedan category.
Fords Taurus is quiet and rides smoothly, according to the statement. The sedan lost points for its cramped interior with limited visibility and because of the cumbersome MyFordTouch control system, Consumer Reports said.