Chrysler long ago posited that a full-size near-luxury car needn’t blend in with the background, so it designed its flagship sedan, the three hundred, to stand out in a large group. The 2017 Chrysler 300 is particularly handsome in their sporty S trim, with meaty 20-inch wheels, smoke-tinted headlamps, and a menacing black-mesh grille, but even the luxury-oriented C cut carries itself with swagger unique to this school. Its acceleration is enough but not terribly notable, and all of those other 300’s driving mechanics are the same. That has been modernized over time with the latest in infotainment and active protection technology, but its interior planning and materials are start to reveal this beauty’s true age. For some, the 300’s shortcomings will be all too obvious, but for buyers seeking an excellent return of the good old days, it may be just the ticket.
Chrysler’s flagship sedan rolls into 2017 with a number of improvements, new appearance packages, and a new color (Ceramic Gray) for the 300S model. The S Style Appearance package includes an unique front bumper and side sills, LED mist lights, and a back spoiler, and an in house package adds sport car seats with perforated leather. Dark-bronze exterior trim, black leather seats with caramel-colored in contrast to stitching, and Liquid Titanium interior accent trim adorns the 300S when equipped with the optional Metal Edition package. All of those other lineup benefits from an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system that now provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto online connectivity.
2017 Chrysler 300 Specifications
The Chrysler 300 along with its corporate sibling, the Dodge Charger–is unique in the large-car segment for its rear-wheel-drive layout and its available Hemi V-8 engine. All-wheel drive is optionally available, but only with the standard 3. 6-liter V-6 engine.
The conventional V-6 churns out 292 horsepower in “2017 Chrysler 300” Limited and 300C models but makes 8 more ponies under the hood of the 300S. In our testing, a rear-wheel-drive 300S hustled itself from zero to sixty mph in 6. 3 seconds; that’s slow just for this class but still reasonably sprightly. Our test of a rear-wheel-drive V-8-powered model back in 2015 netted a snappy 5. 3-second cause the same test. Yeah, it had a Hemi.
No matter the engine, an eight-speed computerized changes the gears; it can operated by a rotary knob on the centre console. Shifts are relaxed and buttery, and the gearbox isn’t hesitant to downshift when the drivers plants his or her right foot in the throttle.
2017 Chrysler three hundred External
Big and daring is Chrysler’s design MO for the 300, and it delivers–just as it has within the past dozen years. The only car that offers more attitude in this staid segment is the Dodge Charger, a car that shares a lot of its mechanical underpinnings with the 300.
Harking returning to the luxoliners of days gone by, the 300 takes the status as a huge car seriously. It is the longest, widest, and tallest vehicle in this matchup, and it feels every bit as large from driving.
The 2017 Chrysler 300 styling exaggerates its imposing size. The large grille is outfitted by two sets of LED-punctuated headlamps. The stuffed front fenders rise to meet the low cover; high windowsills and lightly contoured exterior door sections accentuate the car’s length while disguising its level. The simple but good looking styling culminates with a clipped tail and attractive square taillamps. Our 300S test vehicle was included with gray-painted 20-inch aluminum wheels that complemented the Maximum Steel paint color of the car. All 300 limits come with aluminum rims, but Limited and 300C trims have 18-inch rims as standard rather than twenties.
2017 Chrysler 300 Room
The abundant standard luxury features create a value proposition for the three hundred. Even more pampering is available as you climb through the available minimizes. A dated interior design and the questionable quality of some interior materials are clues to the 300’s age.
Front-seat passengers may wish for more legroom, but rear-seat passengers are treated to the most in this matchup. The rest of the 300’s measurements are competitive, if not school leading, but tall purchasers should beware that the optional panoramic sunroof robs important headroom in both rows of seats.
Even base 2017 Chrysler 300 Limited models come with luxury items that buyers might not exactly expect. Electricity front seats with warmth and adjustable lumbar support, dual-zone computerized climate control, a leather-wrapped controls and seats, and illuminated forward and rear cupholders are all standard. Upgrade to top specs 300C or Platinum and luxury quotient is even be higher. Heated and ventilated front side seats, heated rear chairs, a heated steering wheel, and a power-adjustable steering column are all unique to those models. This cars utilizes a soft-touch rubberized plastic with a leather grain pattern to cover the dashboard and upper door panels in the cars. The texture feels nice but looks artificial. The interior design is aging, and not gracefully; competitors like the Kia Cadenza and the Buick LaCrosse simply outclass the 300 in this area.
2017 Chrysler 300 Rates
The 300S looks goods, but its large 20-inch wheels and sport-tuned suspension require a major compromise in ride comfort, a not good practice for what should be a roomy, smooth-riding near-luxury car. We’d go with the 300C instead. Its luxury-oriented packaging adds plenty of niceties to justify its almost $3000 price superior versus the 300S. The well-equipped rear-wheel-drive, V-6-powered 2017 Chrysler 300 carries a price of $39, 730; all-wheel drive costs an additional $2500.