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2017 Chrysler 300 Overview
With the 300, Chrysler finally had a luxurious car with worldwide appeal, and it has been a staple of the company’s lineup for years. While it has looked fairly similar since 2005, the Chrysler 300 got a serious refresh for 2015 and the 2017 model gets updates for the infotainment system, new options for the 300S trim, a Sport Appearance Package, and a new 300S Alloy Edition trim for $36,170. Available in rear- or all-wheel drive (RWD or AWD), the 300 starts at $32,340, but a range-topping 300C Platinum AWD will set you back over $45,000.
The Chrysler 300 is a hefty car, but it has power to back it up and some of the quicker trims will hold their own between the red lights. The base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 292 hp, although in the 300S it makes a full 300hp thanks to a special cold air intake. Upper trims get a much more serious 5.7-liter V8 that makes 363 hp and will get the bulky sedan from 0-60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. The 300 puts power to the ground via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is predictably not great, with the V6 achieving 19 mpg city/30 highway/23 combined (18/27/21 with AWD) and the V8 getting 16/25/19.
The 300 is standard RWD, but that doesn’t make it a sports car. It’s big and comfortable, as it was designed to be, although a sport mode can be engaged that quickens the electronically assisted power steering and tweaks responses from the engine, transmission, and pedals.
There are a wide variety of features available for the 2017 Chrysler 300, and trims toward the top of the range are properly loaded. Stepping up to a 300S from the base Limited gets you a Beats by Dr. Dre 10-speaker audio system, remote engine start, paddle shifters, a drive mode selector, a black chrome grille and headlight bezels, a sport suspension, and painted aluminum wheels. The all-new 300S Alloy Edition, meanwhile, further adds black exhaust tips, and with AWD also adds bigger front disc brakes.
The 300C takes things even more upscale, with a wood-rim steering wheel, memory settings for the mirrors and driver’s seat, a power rear sunshade, chrome door handles and grille surround, chrome mirrors, a panoramic moonroof, and a navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic. At the very top, the 300C Platinum comes with a 900-watt, 19-speaker stereo, a heated steering wheel, heated or cooled cupholders, 12-volt power outlets front and back, remote engine start, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, and a touring suspension. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have also been added to keep the 300 up to date. The cabin has lots of space for all five passengers, with plenty of headroom for all but the tallest passengers and 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space.
In crash testing, the Chrysler 300 received all Good ratings from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, except for a Marginal in the small front-overlap test. Federal testing concluded with 4 out of 5 stars. Standard safety equipment includes hill-start assist and rain-brake assist, while available Uconnect services can put occupants in touch with emergency services at the touch of a button. Available safety features, meanwhile, include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
The 300 is a larger, more premium-feeling car than many others at its price point, though it still falls a bit short of being a proper luxury car. As either a commuter or a highway cruiser, though, it’s a fine way to travel, and the 2017 model, while not the most cutting-edge car on the road or the most freshly styled, is still a solid choice for someone who wants a lot of car for under 50 grand.
Andrew Newton first got into cars through vintage racing a 1969 Lynx Formula Vee. After receiving two degrees in history, he followed his passion for cars and became a contributor for sites like Sports Car Digest, BoldRide.com and JamesEdition.com in addition to serving as Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA. Andrew currently covers the collector car market full time as Auction Editor for Hagerty Classic Car Insurance.
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