Most family sedans have a way of fading into the background, but you won’t have this experience with the 2017 Chrysler 300. The 300 is notable for its brawny sheet metal, and it also impresses with a serene cabin and muscular performance from its available V8 engine.
The 2017 Chrysler 300 is a full-size sedan that accommodates five passengers, and it’s sold in 300 Limited, 300S, 300C and 300C Platinum trims. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are offered, and all models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
For 2017, the Chrysler 300 rolls out a new fourth-generation Uconnect infotainment system that offers performance improvements and greater processing power. The 300S trim gets new Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance packages. The 300S also adds Ceramic Gray to its lineup of exterior color choices, and an all-new Black with Sydney Grey leather interior option debuts.
Bold and broad-shouldered, the 2017 Chrysler 300’s sheet metal reflects a certain type of all-American confidence and bravado. In front, a sculpted hood overlooks a striking black grill that hosts Chrysler’s winged emblem. Halogen projector headlights with chrome headlight bezels illuminate the path ahead, and standard 18-inch wheels help keep the big sedan connected to the pavement. Lower bodyside cladding gives the 300 an assertive look.
Base models come with body-colored exterior door handles, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights and heated power-adjustable side mirrors. The list of upgrades includes a granite crystal grille with chrome surround, adaptive bi-xenon HID headlights, black headlamp bezels, LED fog lights and 19- or 20-inch wheels.
You expect lots of room within a full-size sedan, and the 2017 Chrysler 300 delivers big in this respect. Both rows of seating are spacious and comfortable, and easy access is provided for both front and rear passengers.The 300 also provides a sizable trunk, with 16.3 cubic feet on board to store your belongings.
Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a manually adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated eight-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery and a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat. You can upgrade your 300 with heated rear seats, premium Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column.
The 2017 Chrysler 300 handles itself with smoothness on the road. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available to help you keep a firm grip on the pavement when there’s snow or rain. Gear shifts are handled by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Base models come with a 3.6-liter V6 that generates 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet or torque, and this engine’s output is boosted to provide 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque in the 300S. The V6 has an EPA rating of up to 19/30 mpg city/highway. A 5.7-liter V8 is also available, and it provides 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. The V8 has an EPA rating of 16/25 mpg.
The 2017 Chrysler 300 offers a wealth of technology amenities. Base models come with Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, keyless entry/ignition, a CD/DVD/MP3 player, integrated voice command, an 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, an audio jack and two USB ports. You can upgrade your Chrysler 300 with navigation, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, full-speed forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and front and rear park assist.