The Chrysler 300 is great, and the SRT version is even better. Although the 300 is essentially a Dodge Charger with different sheetmetal, the more elegant exterior design makes it appealing to a larger audience than the ostentatious Charger. Adding a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 and subtle design changes makes the car even more appealing to me. There’s still not enough refinement in the 300 package to seriously challenge the German juggernauts (despite the platform descending from the E-class during the DaimlerChrysler era), but you can get a very fast, very spacious car for $50k.I wouldn’t rush out and buy a 2013 300 SRT8, though. Jeep just introduced the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT and it benefits from an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 300 will certainly get the eight-speed within a few months, so a wise shopper would hold off until that happens. The eight-speed gearbox won’t magically make the SRT8 a fuel sipper, but every mpg makes a difference when you’re feeding 6.4 liters of fury.