Sami: Yes, it has a Hemi, but this 5.7L V8 should be in a museum. The new Ford Taurus SHO uses a V6 to put this much power out (to all four wheels as well) and achieves better EPA rated fuel numbers. Even the Mustang GT gets better fuel economy, not to mention more power and torque. Sure it’s nice to have power, but even that much juice won’t hide the two-ton waistband of the 300C. While on the topic of juice, at least the 300C manages to stay (relatively) friendly on fuel, managing to get 19 mpg during our testing, although the V8 likes the slightly pricier mid-grade gasoline.
Craig: This is a pleasantly old-school engine. It lacks advanced features like overhead cams or direct fuel injection, but it does have a few tricks up its cast-iron sleeve. Variable valve-timing and cylinder deactivation increase power while reducing consumption. As a result it makes 363 hp and even when saddled with the added friction and weight of all-wheel drive still manages to deliver a claimed 23 miles per gallon on the highway.Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? For a vehicle weighing in excess of 4,500 pounds, acceleration is impressive. My colleague disagrees with me on this point, but he’s an illiterate vagrant so his opinion doesn’t count. Trust me, the 300C leaps off the line, pulling like a locomotive until the transmission hands off to the next gear. The Hemi’s flexibility and refinement are impressive for a pushrod V8.