Yonkers, New York – The revamped-for-2011 Chrysler 300C has scored an “Excellent” overall road test score with Consumer Reports, moving up to the middle of ten tested upscale sedans from near the bottom of the pack.

The 2011 model had a road test score of 80, up from 64 for the previous model. The magazine said that it is unusual to see a redesigned model rise so far in the ratings and called it “the best Chrysler sedan we’ve seen in decades.”

“The 300C’s quick, muscular 5.7-litre V8 is now complemented by responsive handling and a more comfortable ride,” said David Champion, senior director of the Auto Test Center. “And thanks to a major upgrade, its roomy interior is now quieter, more luxurious, and has improved visibility.”

The latest test group included the Chrysler 300C, Hyundai Genesis, Toyota Avalon and Acura TL. The Genesis has topped Consumer Reports’ ratings of upscale sedans since 2009 and received an “Excellent” road test score of 92. Also receiving “Excellent” overall scores were the freshened Toyota Avalon and Acura TL.

Separately, the magazine also tested the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Nissan leaf. The Sonata Hybrid scored a disappointing 69, a full 20 points below the previously-tested, conventional Sonata GLS. The Leaf scored 78, which places it mid-pack among the six fuel-efficient hatchbacks recently tested.

The Sonata GLS is among Consumer Reports’ highest-rated family sedans, but although the Sonata Hybrid gets better fuel economy, the “trade-offs in driveability, refinement, and braking performance are too high. The car stumbles and hesitates as it makes the transition from electric to gas power and both handling and braking are less capable.” The Leaf was described as “quick, very quiet, rides comfortably and is easy to get in and out of,” but the editors noted its main drawbacks are a limited driving range and a long time to recharge.

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