2017 300 New Car Test Drive
The Chrysler 300 is a unique champion of versatility, a large American rear-wheel-drive sedan that is quiet, comfortable, and well-built. It has a timeless style, so you can't exactly say it looks dated, although the body hasn't changed much since it was introduced for 2005.
Last refreshed for 2015, it gets updates for 2017 including a faster UConnect system with sharper graphics, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Three new packages are added to the 2017 Chrysler 300S, including an Alloy Edition.
Base engine is a smooth 3.6-liter V6 whose 292 horsepower and linear torque easily propel the weight of the big car down the road. The Chrysler 300S gets 300 hp out of its cold-air intake and tuned exhaust system.
All-wheel drive is available with the V6. The system doesn't send any power to the front wheels unless traction is needed there.
Next engine up is the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that makes 363 horsepower, driving the 300S or 300C from zero to sixty miles per hour in 5.8 seconds, using an 8-speed automatic transmission. If you want a real throwback Chrysler 300 hot rod, get one of these.
The Chrysler 300 rates 19/30 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined with rear-wheel drive, two less mpg with all-wheel drive. The Hemi V8 gets an EPA-rated 16/25/19 mpg.
In crash tests by NHTSA, the 300 earned four stars overall. The IIHS gave it the top Good grade in every category except the difficult small front-overlap test, where it scored Marginal.
The 2017 lineup includes the Chrysler 300 Limited ($32,340), the sporty Chrysler 300S ($35,675), and the luxurious Chrysler 300C ($38,635) and 300C Platinum ($42,770). The V6 is standard, the V8 is optional. Rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional ($2500). Standard equipment includes a rearview camera, seven airbags, and hill-start assist. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Many optional safety features are available, including forward collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high beams, and emergency call-assist.