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2017 Chrysler 300 Review: Features, Prices, Performance, MPG Figures and Rivals

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Aaron Smith

Automotive Journalist June 12, 2020 at 10:57 AM
The Chrysler 300 as it stands today was shaped back in 2017 with the induction of new Uconnect infotainment. Because of no major change thereafter, the 2017 Chrysler 300 offers you the exact same composition as its 2020 counterpart, let aside some miles on the odo.

The Chrysler 300 is an American luxury-performance sedan that is big and unapologetically handsome. The 300 was first introduced back in 2005, the full-sized family sedan resembled very much to the 1998 Chrysler Chronos concept car. Thanks to its large chrome grille and broad shoulders. The 300 has been Chrysler’s flagship model that brought in a lot of sales for the brand hitting the 6 figure mark in the States since its launch. Why not so? Its composition of luxury, comfort and presence at its price is something that its rivals like the Toyota Avalon or Chevrolet Impala can’t even get close. 

However, after the launch of the second generation in 2011, sales dropped down to half. Since the refresh in 2015, this American sedan is overdue for another. Eyeing a boost sales chart, Chrysler made some valuable changes in the 300’s 2017 model. The changes included a new 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with navigation and a new Exterior Sport Appearance package. Since 2017, the Chrysler 300 has always had these inclusions, without any change. On that note, let's have a quick look at what the 2017 Chrysler 300 had to offer, and how does it fare today?

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What does it cost to own a 2020 Chrysler 300?

Is the Chrysler 300 as reliable as its rivals?

So how does the 2017 Chrysler 300 stack up?

The Chrysler 300 sits along with its cousin, the Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Impala. Both the Charger and the Impala have their roots going all the back to the 70’s. Although they are not the same two-door coupe old school muscle they used to be, they still are exceptional full-size family sedans. Chrysler and Dodge are known to share most of their parts amongst each other, both these sedans even have low safety scores and aren’t the most reliable. The 300 leans more towards luxury and class, while the Charger prefers to be more athletic and sporty. The Chevy Impala, on the other hand, takes the higher road by having better safety ratings and predicted reliability. Unlike the Chargers athletic handling characteristics, the Impala offers a more overall balanced ride.

2017 Chrysler 300 Trims and Features

The 2017 Chrysler 300 comes in four different trims: 300 Limited, 300S, 300C and 300C Platinum. Available across all trims you get a 3.6-liter V6 engine as standard as is the rear-wheel-drive drivetrain. AWD comes optional. 2017 was the last model year for the 300 when it had the “Limited “ as the base trim base trim before a new entry-level “Touring” trim was added in 2018. Unlike the cloth and other minimal features on the 2020 entry-level Chrysler 300, the 2017 Chrysler 300 Limited had plenty of features on-board. The 2017 Limited came with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, leather upholstery, front heated seats, and a large 8.4-inch touchscreen interface.

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

Keyless entry and ignition

Adds to Limited:

Adds to S:

Adds to C:

 

Heated mirrors

20-inch alloy wheels with a sport-tuned suspension

Heated front and rear seats

19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

552-watt Beats Audio system

Sunroof and power rear sunshade

Adaptive xenon headlights

 

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Sport mode with paddle shifters

Heated steering wheel

Heated and cooled front cup holders

 

Bluetooth connectivity

Blacked out trims

Driver memory seats

Touring tuned suspension

 

Six-speaker sound system

Remote startup

LED cabin lighting

Upgraded leather upholstery

 

8.4-inch touchscreen interface

Premium leather ventilated front seats

   

Apart from the nicely packed base model, the 2017 Chrysler 300’s top too had better amenities than its 2020 counterpart. The 2017 Chrysler 300 C Platinum offered features like 19-speaker Harman-Kardon Premium Audio, Self-Levelling Headlights, and Premium Leather Upholstery.

Engine and Performance

The second-generation Chrysler 300’s have been long flaunting their two power options. A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and a 5.7-liter Hemi V8. Both these engines also serve in either FCA products across the Dodge and Jeep range as well. The 3.6 V6 puts out a healthy 292 hp and 260 lb-ft or 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque for the ‘S’ trim. If you are looking for that extra push, Chrysler has you covered with their colossal 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine producing a handful of 363 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque. Similar to the 2020 model, the 2017 300 had the V6 as standard with the optional upgrade to the V8 on “S” and higher models. As almost always, both the engines were mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shift modes.

How does the engine feel?

The base 3.6 V6 engine in the 300 does a brilliant job for the daily commute. Power delivery is smooth and the easy-shifting 8-speed transmission is quick in responses. The base V6 engine feels very adequately powered and never leaves you desiring for more power. Fitted with the HEMI, the 300 glides along the tarmac effortlessly even with the smallest tap on the pedal. The best part of the HEMI is the soundtrack that comes out from its tailpipes, which you can never get tired of hearing.

Models

2017 Chrysler 300 Limited

2020 Chrysler 300 Limited

2020 Dodge Charger SE

2020 Chevrolet Impala LT

MSRP

$32,340

$30,040

$29,995

$31,620

Engine

3.6 Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6 Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6 Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6 Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

Automatic w/manual mode

Automatic w/manual mode

Automatic w/manual mode

Automatic w/manual mode

Power (hp @RPM)

292 @6,350

292 @6,350

292 @6,350

305 @6,800

Torque (lb-ft @RPM)

260 @4,800

260 @4,800

260 @4,480

264 @5,200

The very same powertrain is what the 2020 Chrysler 300 uses today and that's only a good thing. Among its rivals though, the Dodge and Chrysler use the same powertrain and drivetrain making them almost identical on paper. Chevy’s Impala gets the edge here with a little more power and torque. However, unlike Chrysler and Dodge, you will not find a V8 option for the Impala.

How fast is the 2017 Chrysler 300?

The 292 horsepower V6 does a great job of accelerating the 4,000-pound sedan. With a consistent linear power delivery, the 2017 Chrysler 300 clocks from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds. Without any changes in the successive model years, its 2020 iteration too, posts identical numbers on the acceleration sheet.

Models

2017 Chrysler 300 

2020 Chrysler 300

2020 Dodge Charger

2020 Chevrolet Impala

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.3

6.3

6.4

6.4

Quarter-mile (seconds)

15.1

15.1

14.8

14.8

Top-speed (MPH)

155

155

140

155

Engine

3.6 Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6 Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6 Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6 Naturally Aspirated V6

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

7.7

7.7

7.7

8.1

While its exterior sheet might suggest the other way round, the Chrysler 300 is quicker than its rivals here. Although by a very small margin though and the Charger and Impala are not behind at all with their 6.4 seconds on the board. However, if you want to rock the line even quicker, get the V8 which pushes the Chrysler 300 from 0-60 in just 5.3 seconds.

How does the 2017 Chrysler 300 handle?

On the move, the 2017 Chrysler 300 offers the same ride quality as it does today. Highlighted by its smoothness, composure and tranquility, it offers one of the best riding experiences among its segment. It feels firm and stable on the road and the untalkative steering is fairly direct as well.

Surprisingly though, the big American sedan is very easy to maneuver around streets. However, you would not want to send it around corners unless you have the “S” model with stiffer suspension. Thanks to its chunky proportions that invite a significant body roll around curvy sections.

How well does the 2017 Chrysler 300 stop?

Braking a car with such dimensions and high center of gravity as the large Chrysler, certainly needs a sincere braking apparatus. Chrysler doesn’t disappoint either. With 12.6 inch rotors at the back and at the front, the 2017 Chrysler 300 stopped from 60 mph to 0 in just 109 feet. On harder applications you do tend to feel a bit of nose-dive, but that’s obvious in a car with such an ancient silhouette. 

Models

2017 Chrysler 300 

2020 Chrysler 300 

2020 Dodge Charger

2020 Chevrolet Impala LT

Brake rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

12.6

12.6

12.6

Brake rotors: Rear (inches)

12.6

12.6

12.6

12.4

Curb weight (lbs)

4,013

4,013

3,964

3,683

60-0 (feet)

109

109

107

118

However, the brakes in the Chrysler 300 are as effective as they could be with minimal fade and good responses. Among its rivals today, the big Chrysler turns out to be one of the most effective in terms of braking. Only the Dodge Charger, its corporate twin does a better braking job with 60-0 coming up in just 107 feet. Surprisingly again, the much lighter Chevrolet Impala stands at the bottom of the table.

How many miles to the gallon does the 2017 Chrysler 300 offer?

One of the important aspects of the 2017 is that it does not incur heavy gas costs for its delicious presentation. However, that's not the case until you opt for the powerful and gas-guzzling V8. With the 3.6-liter V6, a rear-wheel drive 2017 Chrysler 300 happily churns out 23 mpg combined economy. With the same engine being carried forward in successive models, even the 2020 Chrysler 300 delivers the same fuel output. 

Models

2017 Chrysler 300 Limited

2020 Chrysler 300 Limited

2020 Dodge Charger SE

2020 Chevrolet Impala LT

MPG (city)

19

19

19

19

MPG (highway)

30

30

30

28

MPG (combined)

23

23

23

22

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.5

18.5

18.5

18.5

Range (city/highway in miles)

351.5/555.0

351.5/555.0

351.5/555.0

333.0/518.0

For its size and class, the 300 certainly pumps out a very healthy fuel economy. Consider its age-old tradition and things certainly get more pronounced. While its corporate sibling, the Charger has the exact same powertrain as well as fuel economy, the impala again falls shorter to the big siblings with its 22 mpg combined. Only by a very small margin though.

Is the interior of the 2017 Chrysler 300 a nice place to be in?

On the inside of the 2017 Chrysler 300, things remain a bit too familiar. Its cabin very aptly resonates its exterior styling. It's big, bold and clean on the outside and is so on the inside as well. The dashboard has an old-school theme but is laid out very neatly. Generous use of high-quality materials around the cabin like wood grain and silver accents, add to the upscale vibe. Reminiscent of “luxury”, you also have the beautiful analog clock sitting up on the dashboard.

Most of the probable contact surfaces are wrapped in soft-touch material that looks and feels good while the standard leather upholstery does look very premium. With generous proportions, it also offers plenty of space inside which is further accentuated by the available dual-pane panoramic sunroof. Along with ample cabin space, the Chrysler 300 also helps itself with 16.3 cu-fts of cargo space. While that trunk is certainly better than something like a 2020 Nissan Maxima, it's not as good as the Chevrolet Impala’s class-leading 18.8 cu-fts.

Are the seats comfortable?

The 300 seats five passengers like any other full-sized sedan. The seats suit the taste of the Americans with very good cushioning and under-thigh support. The front seats have good height and the rear seats too have a comfortable recline angle. Until 2017, all the trims of the Chrysler 300 enjoyed standard leather upholstery.

Keeping up with its “luxury” lineage, the higher models opened up a plethora of premium features like Heated and ventilated front seats and heated steering. Apart from these, it also had driver seat memory and upgraded leather upholstery. The “S” and 300C Platinum models also unlock heated seats at the back.

Models

2017 Chrysler 300 Limited

2020 Chrysler 300 Limited

2020 Dodge Charger SE

2020 Chevrolet Impala LT

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom, Shoulder room, Legroom)

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

39.9/57.9/45.8

Rear Row (Headroom, Shoulder room, Legroom)

37.9/57.7/40.1

37.9/57.7/40.1

36.6/57.9/40.1

37.4/56.9/39.8

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.3

16.3

16.5

18.8

Apart from good support and tons of creature comforts, the Chrysler 300 also provides ample passenger room around both the benches. Especially at the back, the Chrysler 300 along with the similar Dodge Charger, offers segment leading headroom and legroom. Not the best in class for sure but taller occupants won't have any complaint in it on longer journeys. However, in terms of front-seat room, the Chevrolet Impala edges past others with its best in class front headroom and legroom.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Since 2017 itself, every Chrysler 300 comes equipped with an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system. The system too is rich in features like voice recognition, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, AM/FM radio, USB and Aux inputs. For music lovers, the 2017 Chrysler 300 Limited had a 6-speaker audio system in the base “Limited”, 11-speaker Beats audio in the 300S and 300C, while the 300C Platinum unlocked a 19-speaker Harman-Kardon audio system. 

The same infotainment has been appearing in the following models of the Chrysler 300 and that's only a good thing. The infotainment screen is not the sharpest but has a very clean interface and clear icons. Above all, the system is very eager in its responses that makes it very easy to use. While the touchscreen can control most of the interior settings like media, radio and climate, the 300 also houses physical buttons for the same which just add to the convenience. 

Is the 2017 Chrysler 300 attractive?

The Chrysler 300’s looks have been distinctively American always, and that's probably the best part about it. Even in 2020, its unique bodily proportions and stance easily differentiates it from the herd of modern day swaggers.

Thanks to its timeless silhouette, high and imposing stance, plenty of straight and muscular shoulder line and large rims. It might be dated to some, but it has a league of its own which its modern day rivals can't keep up with. 

Models

2017 Chrysler 300

2020 Chrysler 300

2020 Dodge Charger

2020 Chevrolet Impala

Curb weight (lbs)

4,013

4,013

3,964

3,683

Length (inches)

198.6

198.6

198.4

201.3

Width (inches)

75.0

75.0

75.0

73.0

Height (inches)

59.2

59.2

57.8

58.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.2

5.2

5.2

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

120.2

120.2

120.0

111.7

Highlights on the exterior remain as subtle as always with Xenon headlamps, signature chrome grille, large wheel-arches, simplistic vertical tail lamps and a deck-lid spoiler as well. It certainly lacks the curves of a Nissan Maxima or Mazda 6, but the way it blends elegance, class and muscle still remains unparalleled today.

Safety features of the 2017 Chrysler 300

The 2017 Chrysler 300, just like all its models, shares its underpinnings with the Dodge Charger. Sadly though, the age-old platform doesn't help either of the cars in the safety department. Talking specifically of the 2017 Chrysler 300, it received a moderate score from safety institutions, as always. A 4-star overall crash rating from NHTSA and an overall “good” rating by IIHS was all that it could pull up. Even the 2020 Chrysler 300 obtains very similar ratings.

Another concern with the Chrysler 300 is that it does come with most of the advanced safety stuff that one would expect, but most of them are available only in the higher models. The lower trims have a very minimal safety suite that includes a rearview camera, hill-start assist, driver’s knee airbag, and rain brake assist. However Safety features increase as you move up the trims. Some of the highlights of the 2017 Chrysler 300 Safety bag are listed below:

  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Automatic high beams
  • Uconnect Access system

Which one should you pick?

The 2017 Chrysler 300, in its current generation, has been running for almost a decade now with an overhaul refresh done to it in 2015 which added most of the features and cosmetics that we see on the 2017 model. However, the 2017 refresh added a bit more wholesome to the Chrysler 300 range with the new Uconnect infotainment. The same system is also used in the 2020 model. Overall, picking up a used 2017 Chrysler 300 would certainly be a more “value” proposition. At a significantly lesser price, the 2017 Chrysler 300 would offer you all the fun of its 2020 counterpart.

FAQs

Is the Chrysler 300 a good car?

Yes, the Chrysler 300 offers a very good overall package at its price and class. At a price of around $30k, the 300 offers you a presence, luxury and comfort that no other car in its segment does. It is also energetic to drive and returns decent mpg as well. Though it does compromise a bit on the safety and reliability part.

Is the Chrysler 300 being discontinued?

No, since the Chrysler 300 has been in the same form and shape since a very long time, there were rumors recently that it might be chopped off in 2020. However, clearing the clouds, FCA has recently made it clear that the 300 is an important vehicle for them which is also doing good numbers for what it is.

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