2017 Chrysler 300

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2017 MODEL
$32,340 - $45,270 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

Chrysler continue their legacy of offering a big American luxury sedan with the handsome 300 Limited. Since 300's inception in 2005, the marquee has revised and improved many features, while sticking to its original design elements. While this seems like a conventional method, it makes them look less daring.

The Chrysler sees a tough competition at its price range. You'd find the Buick LaCrosse, the Nissan Maxima and the Kia Cadenza Premium, all which are raved for by the market. Where exactly does that put the Chrysler 300? Read on to find out.

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Pros

Spacious cabin

Impressive performing V6 engine

Intuitive and easy to use Infotainment system

Cons

Unoriginal and ageing interior design

Lower safety rating

What's New?

Aside from the improved Uconnect Infotainment System which now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

There isn' any significant change in the 2017 Chrysler 300.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32340

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

131 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

220 cu. in.

horsepower

292 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6 in. ventilated front disc/12.6 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

120.2 in.

length

198.6 in.

width

75 in.

height

58.4 in.

curb weight

4029 lbs.

ground clearance

4.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

106.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

6200 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16.1 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

6.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

175 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/23/30 mpg

highway range

555 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Chrysler 300 in Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat color  2017 Chrysler 300 in Bright White Clear Coat color  2017 Chrysler 300 in Ceramic Gray Clearcoat color  2017 Chrysler 300 in Gloss Black color  2017 Chrysler 300 in Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat color  2017 Chrysler 300 in Redline Red Tricoat Pearl color  2017 Chrysler 300 in Velvet Red Pearlcoat color  2017 Chrysler 300 in Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat color
Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine

7.2

Fuel Economy

6.3

Interior

7.4

Exterior

8.5

Safety

6.2

Driving

6.6

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Chrysler 300 Limited

Limited

power
292 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$32,340 - $34,840


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $32,340 MSRP (19/23/30) 292 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,840 MSRP (18/21/27) 292 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Chrysler 300 S

S

power
300 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$35,675 - $38,175


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,675 MSRP (19/23/30) 300 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
S 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,175 MSRP (18/21/27) 300 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Chrysler 300 Alloy

Alloy

power
300 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$36,170 - $38,670


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Alloy 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $36,170 MSRP (19/23/30) 300 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
Alloy 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,670 MSRP (18/21/27) 300 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Chrysler 300 C

C

power
292 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$38,635 - $41,135


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
C 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,635 MSRP (19/23/30) 292 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
C 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,135 MSRP (18/21/27) 292 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Chrysler 300 C Platinum

C Platinum

power
292 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$42,770 - $45,270


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
C Platinum 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,770 MSRP (19/23/30) 292 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
C Platinum 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $45,270 MSRP (18/21/27) 292 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 21, 2018

7.2

Overall Rating


7.8/10
Features

 

7.2/10
Engine

 

6.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.4/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 

6.2/10
Safety

 
 
 

The standard powertrain offered in the Chrysler 300 is a RWD with 3.6L V6 engine mated to an 8-speed transmission and all trims comes with an optional AWD. But importantly, the American manufacturer offer an optional famous V8 Hemi engine which boasts a massive 363 horsepower and 394 lb.ft of torque.

2017 Chrysler 300 Features

7.8/10

Coming standard with a RWD with an optional AWD, the Chrysler 300 comes in 4 different trims - 300 Limited at $32,340, 300S at $35,675, 300C at $38,635, and 300C Platinum at $42,770.

While 8-speed automatic transmission and V6 engine is standard on all models, you can choose an optional 5.7L V8 Hemi engine for the RWD upper trims.

Chrysler touts the 300 as a luxury sedan. Despite it serving as the base model, the 300 Limited offers plenty of standard features such as 18-inch aluminium wheels, Nappa leather seats and steering, heated mirrors, and one of the best infotainment systems in the market.

 

Trim 300 Limited 300S 300C 300C Platinum
MSRP (RWD) $32,340 $35,675 $38,635 $42,770
MSRP (AWD) $34,840 $38,175 $41,135 $45,270
Key Features
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps Chrome Bezels
  • Wheels 18-inch polished aluminum
  • Heated front Seating
  • 8-way power driver’s with 4-way power lumbar adjuster
  • Nappa leather-trimmed bucket
  • Rear 60/40 split-folding bench with armrest and cup holders
  • Shift Knob Rotary dial
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio 
  • Audio Systems 6 speakers
  • Passenger Assist Handles Front, illuminated rear
  • Power Accessory 12-volt power outlets in center-front instrument panel, center console and back of center console, with delay feature
  • 8-way power driver’s and front-passenger with 4-way power lumbar adjuster
  • Heated front seats
  • Wheels 20-inch Hyper Black aluminum
  • Sport Nappa leather-trimmed bucket
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Remote Keyless Enter ’n Go Proximity entry and push-button ignition system
  • Mirrors Auto tilt-down adjust
  • Wheels 18-inch polished aluminum
  • Air Conditioning  Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with humidity sensor
  • Lighting  Glove box, trunk, front reading and map lamps, rear reading and courtesy lamps
  • Audio Systems - 6 premium speakers with 276-watt digital amplifier
  • Temperature Display Outside reading, with compass
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Nappa premium perforated leather-trimmed bucket
  • Nappa luxury-quilted and perforated leather-trimmed bucket
  • Steering Wheel Heated
  • 19 premium speakers, with subwoofer and 900-watt amplifier (included with Harman Kardon Audio Group; NAW power backlight sunshade)
  • Headlamps Adaptive Bi-xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) with delay and automatic-leveling system
  • Windows Power, with driver and front-passenger 1-touch auto-up/down and anti-pinch feature
  • Remote Keyless Enter ’n Go Proximity entry and push-button ignition system

   

2017 Chrysler 300 Engine

7.2/10

Cars such as the 300 are becoming rare these days, and though there are flaws, the car's size, quietness and price make a compelling case.”

-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The sedan drives with a 3.6L V6 engine under the hood mated to an 8-speed transmission. This churns out 292 hp and 260lb.-ft of torque. The engine is powerful enough to commute, while the transmission carries out its duties smoothly and with ease. Want that extra oomph factor? Switch to V8 which is available only as optional from 300S and higher.

Amongst the competition, Buick LaCrosse offers the most powerful powertrain of 310hp and 268 lb.-ft of torque in this field with the Maxima a close second. The Kia and Chrysler have similar power with the latter leading it by mere single digit figures, leading to a tad better acceleration as well.

Models 2017 Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Buick LaCrosse 2017 Nissan Maxima 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium
MSRP $32,340 $32,065 $32,910 $31,990
Engine 3.6L V6 Cylinder 3.6L V6 Cylinder DOHC 24-Valve 3.5L V6 DOHC 24-Valve 3.3L V6 GDI
Transmission 8-speed Automatic w/Manual Mode 8-speed automatic w/Manual Mode CVT Automatic 8-speed Automatic
Horsepower 292hp @ 6,350rpm 310hp @6800rpm 300 hp @ 6400 rpm 290hp @6400 rpm
Torque 260lb.-ft. @ 4,800rpm 268lb.-ft. @ 5200 rpm 261 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 253 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

Acceleration

The V6 with 260 lb.-ft of torque reaches from 0-60 in 6.3s while completing the quarter mile in 15s. While this is no stallion on a race course, it isn’t a mule either. For a car weighing 4029 pounds, it is a laudable feat.

The Buick, along with the Cadenza, drops behind the 300. The Nissan Maxima gets the 0-60 mph job done in 5.8s while quarter mile in 14.3s, clinching the top spot for the quickest car in this field.

Models Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Buick LaCrosse 2017 Nissan Maxima 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium
0-60 MPH 6.3s 6.5s 5.8s 6.5s
Quarter mile 15.0s 14.8s 14.3s 14.8s
Engine 3.6L 3.6L 3.5L 3.3L

Braking

Braking on the 300 is quite satisfactory. Under panic brake test from 60-0 mph, it takes 120 feet to come to a standstill, being in line with the other large sedans and remarkable for its weight.

Aside from the Kia which is at par with the Chrysler, the Maxima takes longer at 125 to come to a standstill.

Model Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Buick LaCrosse 2017 Nissan Maxima 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium
Brake Front (in.) 12.6 12.6 12.6 12.6
Brake Rear (in.) 12.6 12.4 12.1 11.8
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4029 3598 3478 3633
60-0 MPH (ft.) 120 NA 125 120

Steering and Handling

The handling on the Chrysler 300 is a confused soul. Why? Well, get on the throttle and you get to feel how much it begins to weave on high speeds, springing instability. On the other hand, lower speeds allow the steering to be quick, responsive and nearly effortless to maneuver. Undesirably, the soft suspension setting rocks the car with disappointing body roll. Require a more sport feel? Then the 300S is the go-to trim.

2017 Chrysler 300 Fuel Economy

6.3/10

The 3.6L V6 in the 300 Limited is quite an eyebrow raiser; it looks like it almost manages to even with its rivals but then falls short by just. The 300 Limited delivers decent fuel efficiency which is just about what almost every car in this segment provides.

To put that in figures, 19 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and a combined 21 mpg. Another point to note is the sedan does not require premium fuel.

The competition seems stiff here; the Buick LaCrosse clearly seems the winner here. The Maxima follows right behind it although it should be mentioned it needs premium fuel. The Kia performs better than the Chrysler bar on highways where the 300 leads it by 2 mpg.

Model Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Buick LaCrosse 2017 Nissan Maxima 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium
MPG (city) 19 21 21 20
MPG (highway) 30 31 30 28
MPG (combined) 21 25 25 23

2017 Chrysler 300 Interior

7.4/10

"Refined, luxurious and roomy, the 2017 Chrysler 300's take on American luxury is quite appealing." -TheCarConnection

Big on the outside and on the inside, it is easily noticeable just how spacious and massive the cabin in. Elegantly designed, the seats are wrapped with Nappa leather with high materials used in every single detail seen to the eye. Also, it is worthy to note just how quiet it is inside, either when cruising.

In the middle is located the Uconnect 8.4” infotainment system, one of the best systems available in the market. Go further behind and find a big cargo space which can be further extended with foldable rear seats.

Seating and Comfort

“Comfortable, elegant, and spacious”, three words which seem absolutely evident once inside the cabin. You’re welcomed by generous legroom and headspace on both rear and front seats. 5 people are touted to fit inside the sedan, and indeed they can fit in the sedan with comfort and ease.

The rich materials infused with a simplistic approach to tasteful design used in the interior delivers exactly what Chrysler intended when they touted this car as a luxury sedan.

 

Model Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Buick LaCrosse 2017 Nissan Maxima 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.6/59.5/41.8 38.4/57.7/42.0 39.4/56.7/45.0 40.2/58.3/45.5
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.9/57.7/40/1 37.2/56.6/38.0 36.7/55.7/34.2 37.9/56.5/37.2

 

Interior features

 Some interior features included in the sedan are –

  • 8.4” infotainment system
  • Nappa Leather seats
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • 60/40 split folding seats

Infotainment system

The 8.4” Uconnect Infotainment system is hailed as one of the best infotainment systems in the market. It is commendable for its simple design interface, snappy performance, and ease of usage.

For the 2017 model, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay has become standard features. The SiriousXM satellite Radio is also standard but comes under a one-year free trial deal. Other standard noteworthy features include Bluetooth audio, auxiliary input and USB inputs. Optional features include navigation (unfortunately), voice recognition and real time weather and traffic.

Cargo volume

Fitting in cargo in this sedan won’t seem like a hassle for it offers a generous 16.3 feet cube. The Cadenza can haul similar cargo volume whereas the Buick and the Nissan have lesser space in the trunk.

Model Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Buick LaCrosse 2017 Nissan Maxima 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 16.3 15.0 14.3 16.0

2017 Chrysler 300 Exterior

8.5/10

Upright and square-shouldered, the 2017 Chrysler 300 exudes American presence.” - thecarconnection

A distinctive wide, imposing body with hardlines runs throughout the 4 door sedan. Flanked by LED headlamps on either sides, the front fascia incorporates a large aggressive grille with a shiny, silver Chrysler badge in the middle. Sportily elegant to say the least, the beauty of the car lies in its ability to exhibit the same without the need of extra jazz or the sort.

Model Chrysler 300 Limited 2017 Buick LaCrosse 2017 Nissan Maxima S 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium
Curb weight (lbs.) 4029 3598 3478 3633
Length(in) 198.6 197.5 192.8 195.7
Width(in) 75.0 73.5 73.2 73.6
Height(in) 58.5 57.5 56.5 57.9
Ground clearance (in) 4.7 NA 5.3 6.4
Wheelbase (in) 120.2 114.4 109.3 112.4
Track width (in) F/R 63.4/63.8 62.9/63.1 62.4/62.4 63.6/63.6

Exterior features

Exterior features of the Chrysler 300 include –

  • Rear defogger
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Inside mounted spare tire
  • 18” Aluminium wheels

2017 Chrysler 300 Safety

6.2/10

Safety and reliability

The Chrysler 300 Limited comes with many safety features and conveniences, including-

  • Air Bags — Advanced multistage driver and front-passenger
  • Child Seat Anchor System (LATCH) — Mounts for 2 child seats in the 2nd row help ease the installation of compatible aftermarket child seats
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) — Includes Brake Assist
  • ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Security Alarm
  • Ready Alert Braking
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Display — Located in Driver Information Display (DID)
  • Front Active Head Restraints

The sedan has been rated 4 in Overall Rating by the NHTSA with a mixed score of 4 and 5 in category. While this does seem like decent grading, there are better ratings on other different cars.

NHTSA Ratings  

Overall Rating

4 Star

Overall Frontal Crash Rating

4 Star

Frontal Crash Rating Driver Side

4 Star

Frontal Crash Rating Passenger Side

4 Star

Overall Side Crash Rating

5 Star

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat

4 Star

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Rear Seat

5 Star

Side Barrier

5 Star

Side barrier Driver

4 Star

Side barrier Rear Passenger

5 Star

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

5 Star

Rollover Rating

4 Star

In the IIHS ratings, the Chrysler 300 has been rated Marginal in small overlap front driver side, while the same rating for passenger side is not rated. Other tests are rated good with Superior rating in front crash prevention.

Safety Ratings by IIHS  

Small overlap front driver side

Marginal

Small overlap front Passenger side

Not rated

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

 

CRASH AVOIDANCE & MITIGATION  

Front crash prevention

Superior

Headlights

Poor

CHILD SEAT ANCHORS (LATCH)
EASE OF USE

Acceptable

2017 Chrysler 300 Competition

Chrysler 300 Sedan Vs. Buick LaCrosse

The Buick LaCrosse comes fully redesigned for the 2017 model. Driven by a similar 3.6L V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the LaCrosse managers to deliver an evident balance between performance and comfort. The LaCrosse offers better fuel economy and engine performance, and better safety rating though cargo space is a tad better on the Chrysler 300. An optional V8 is available for the Chrysler 300 when you further up the trims but the Buick sticks to a V6 throughout. Costing just about the same, the Buick delivers a whole lot more than the Chrysler for the base model

Chrysler 300 Sedan Vs. Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima is touted by the manufacturer as a four-door sports car. Under the hood, you’d find a 3.5L V6 which boasts 300 hp and 268 lb.-ft of torque, mated to a CVT transmission. Both the vehicles offer many similar features and premium space at an affordable price, though the Chrysler offers better cargo volume and the Maxima better fuel economy. Unlike the Chrysler 300, the base model offers a plethora of standard features.

The biggest advantage the American marquee offers is a traction-enhanced AWD, which is absent on the Nissan Maxima. Also, the option to select a V8 engine on higher trims for the Chrysler make it a more tempting offer for the enthusiasts. At $32,910, the Nissan Maxima is a great alternative to the Chrysler 300.

Chrysler 300 Sedan Vs. Kia Cadenza Premium

Redesigned for the 2017 model, the Kia Cadenza comes with more elegant and contemporary design and re-tuned engine for more mpg. Powering the sedan is a 3.3L V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic which churns 290 hp and 253 lb.ft of torque. The powertrain performs similar to the Chrysler 300 whilst being efficient on fuel. Both the cars offer seating for 5 passengers and almost the same cargo volume. Priced lesser at $31,990, the Kia Cadenza sorts out many drawbacks found in the Chrysler 300, making it a much better package than its American rival.

2017 Chrysler 300 Final Verdict

The Chrysler 300 gets done more than what it intends. Even the base model V6 offers adequate performance, but for those who want something extra, the American marquee offers an optional V8 Hemi engine on higher trims. The roomy interior offers a massive cabin and elegant design with leather seats and comfortable seating. User-friendly intuitive infotainment system remains one of Chrysler’s strength with a plethora of standard features remaining a costly affair on other cars.

However one of the biggest disadvantage is its safety rating, which for a car in this class seems average. Anyhow, at $32,340, it checks off most of the right boxes with very minimal feeling of improvement if any.