Consumer Reports Names The Chrysler 300 A Recommended Vehicle Following Software Update

Consumer Reports has returned the Chrysler 300 to its list of recommended vehicles following a software update that helps to prevent the vehicle from accidentally rolling away.

According to the organization, the new AutoPark software on the 2017 Chrysler 300 has been designed to addresses two potentially dangerous situations. If a driver attempts to exit the vehicle when the car is not in park, the software will recognize what is happening and automatically shift the transmission into park.

The AutoPark software can also detect when the driver attempts to shut off the engine when the vehicle is still in gear. In this situation, the transmission shifts into park and accessory mode is activated for 30 minutes.

Earlier versions of the Chrysler 300 didn’t have this feature, so Consumer Reports deducted enough points to prevent the model from being recommended. Following the update and testing by engineers, the publication is satisfied the system works as intended and has returned the model to its list of recommended vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has also added the AutoPark feature to the Dodge Durango and Ram 1500 which use a similar rotary shifter as the Chrysler 300. However, these models have reliability issues so their overall score prevents them from being recommended.

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  • Driving a Dinosaur

    This model’s styling is so long in the tooth it’s prehistoric.

  • Craig

    Still one of the best looking sedans made.

    • Jay

      Couldn’t agree more. Its one of the few American cars I have a soft spot for and would consider purchasing..

      • Waleesa1

        The 2015 facelift is very good looking but it lacks more than a few important features.

        – Self Parking (available in the 200)
        – Power Closing Trunk
        – Power folding Mirrors (available in Australia)
        – Self-closing doors
        – Massaging Front Seats

        Admittedly, the last two aren’t available in any of its competitors but this is their flagship sedan. The Platinum trim isn’t upscale enough. Either these features are added to the Platinum (as standard) or an Ultimate trim should be created.

        • Jay

          I agree with that too. For a luxury sedan it is missing quite a bit. I know it cannot be a Mercedes but a kia/genisis has more features than this and thats pretty embarrassing..

  • kachuks

    Remember when we had mechanical shift levers?

  • IT USED TO BE YOU COULDN’T TAKE THE KEY OUT IF IT WASN’T IN PARK.

    • diesel_vdub

      Yes, my ’14 Soul won’t let you remove the key if it’s not in Park. Wasn’t an issue with my previous manual Jetta, but a good reminder to put the darn thing in Park.

      • emjayay

        A lot of cars don’t have a key in anything to remove anymore.

        • kachuks

          And that is dam shame.

          When I get in my car, in the morning, I like to turn a key and shift a lever. I’m pretty sure that’s what guys who were in WWII did when they came back home to work and build something called a country.

          Dang it. I’m feeling nostalgic and I’m barely turning forty.

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