Air Conditioning System Question
I'm in the market for a new car and the 2013 Chrysler 300 is on my short list. I'd get the 300C with the V-6 engine and with the Light Group and SafetyTec packages. I drove a base V-6 model a couple of weeks ago; the dealer's 300Cs all had V-8s. Last week I revisited the dealer and spent some time in a 300C, which had the V-8, and with the help of a salesman, I checked out some of the UConnect features. We stayed in the dealer's lot, but we started the engine and had the air conditioning on while I was trying out the UConnect.
I'm in Southern California, and on the day of this check the outside air temperature was probably a little under 80 degrees. I think the A/C was in the Auto mode and initially the temperature was set for somewhere in the mid-70's. This is a comfortable temperature setting for me in my 1991 Lexus LS 400. However, in the Chrysler I was starting to get warm, and I was sitting in the shady side of the car. I mentioned this to the salesman and he dropped the temperature to the "Lo" position, which I think is around 60 degrees. If I had set the temperature that low in my Lexus, I would have been shivering, but in the Chrysler I was still warm.
As a result of this experience, I have two related questions that you owners may be able to answer for me:
* Does the displayed temperature result in a cabin temperature of approximately that value? In several Chrysler 300 review videos I've watched on YouTube I've noticed that the reviewer had the temperature set somewhere in the 60s, which seems to me to be pretty low if that is the actual temperature inside the car.
* Does the A/C provide enough cooling in the summer to keep the interior comfortable? I go over to Phoenix several times a year and the temperatures there in the summer can get over 115 degrees. I want to be sure that the Chrysler's air conditioning system can adequately handle that environment.
Any feedback will be appreciated.