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Acton Fleet Sales in Acton, Mass. is selling the 2012 Chrysler 300 Limited sedan to limousine operators for $30,495 each. The 300 gets 31 mpg highway.
MKT vs. 300
For Bill Cunningham, general manager at Acton Fleet Sales, the MKT Town Car and 300 Limited have both gotten a lot of attention, with some customers partial to one or the other and some customers having trouble choosing which they prefer. Acton so far has brought in 25 Chrysler 300 Limited sedans, with another 10 in the order bank. The 2013 model of the Chrysler 300 Limited will start production in July.
Cunningham points out that the MKT Town Car actually has gained headroom, trunk space, rear seat comfort, and more entry/exit room compared to its predecessor.
The MKT Town Car gets 21 mpg and costs $43,200 at Acton, while the 300 gets 31 mpg and sells at Acton for $30,495. Cunningham estimates $3,545 in annual fuel cost savings for the 300 Limited compared to the MKT Town Car.
- The MKT has a factory bumper-to-bumper warranty up to 50,000 miles, and then an Extra Care warranty program to 150,000 miles that covers 113 parts with a $100 deductible.
- The Chrysler 300 Limited has a 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, and thereafter an added-care warranty that covers 800+ parts with a $100 deductible up to 4 yrs/150,000 miles.
“I think there is a lot of interest in the 300,” Cunningham told LCT. “The [MKT and 300] are two different cars. Some people are conscious of every penny. It all comes down to what they think is best for their customers. Many come in and want to improve their bottom lines, wondering if they should cut overhead or raise rates. That makes the 300 worth a second look. But you can’t take anything away from the MKT. The Chrysler is more in line with the size of the old Town Car, not the L. Vehicles now servicing this industry are different; they’re smaller to get the gas mileage up and we all need to accept that and deal with it.”
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— Martin Romjue, LCT editor