The Chrysler 300, the uniquely styled sedan that has attracted buyers from rappers to grandmothers and helped the automaker revive its U.S. business, has claimed the honor of 2005 Car of the Year from Motor Trend magazine.
The 300 -- called the 300C when it's equipped with Chrysler's popular V8 Hemi engine -- has emerged as one of America's hottest new cars since hitting showrooms in April.
Dubbed "baby Bentley" by some because of its likeness to versions of the luxury English brand, the 300 beat out 23 other new or significantly revised models that already are available or will be in showrooms by Jan. 1.
Last month, the publication named Land Rover's LR3 as its SUV of the year.
A top truck will be named next month.
Analysts, owners and dealers say one of the Chrysler 300's biggest attractions is its price tag -- $23,000 to $38,000 depending on options -- which most consider reasonable given its styling and content.