Premium luxury sports sedans can cost a pretty penny. Going for cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series, Lexus GS, and the Audi A6 will run you quite a bit of cash – but what if I told you there was a better option? What if we told you that you could enjoy all the bells and whistles, luxury, and quality for less? Well, you can – meet the 2017 Chrysler 300.
Competing with likes of the Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, Buick LaCrosse and the Hyundai Azera, the Chrysler 300 seems to be the leader of the pack when it comes to affordably priced large sedans (of course, that is before you step into the top-tier luxury league). The Chrysler 300 entered production in 2004 and was actually derived from the W211 Mercedes-Benz E-Class with a body that closely resembled the likes of a Bentley. Years later, the Chrysler 300 has found its own footing in a competitive segment and continues to offer the luxury drive and convenience we have come to expect at an affordable price tag. Let’s take a closer look at the 2017 Chrysler 300S.
The 2017 Chrysler 300 carries on with the major redesign it received for the 2016 model year. Major changes to the exterior include a redesigned front end with new headlamps, a more prominent grille, a new lower grille opening, and a brand new Chrysler wing logo. The side profile continues on with a high beltline that gives the Chrysler 300 a muscular and bold stance and the rear gets new sculpted LED tail lamps and an illuminated signature halo. The 2017 Chrysler 300 also offers an impressive nine different wheel designs in 18-, 19- and 20-inch sizes.
Our test model, the 2017 Chrysler 300S, featured the optional Sport Appearance Package that includes a body-color fascia with larger air intakes, LED fog lamps, sculpted side sills, and a rear lip spoiler.
The 2017 Chrysler 300 sits on a wheelbase that spans 120.2 inches with an overall length of 198.6 inches. The width comes in at 75 inches and the height stands at around 59 inches.
When standing next to its competitors, the 2017 Chrysler 300 is without a doubt the best-looking in the group. It definitely looks and plays the part of a luxury sedan with its elegant and bold design language.
The luxury look and feel continues to the inside of the cabin of the 2017 Chrysler 300. At first, the interior is quite simple. The first thing we noticed in our Chrysler 300 S test drive model was the giant 8.4-inch touchscreen display that houses the brand’s new Uconnect infotainment system.
Standard across the range, the new and improved Chrysler Uconnect system gets major performance improvements with faster startup, enhanced processing power, and higher-resolution. If you opt for navigation, the Uconnect system allows for multi-touch gestures with pinch, tap, and swipe capability. If you’re not into paying for the navigation upgrade, the new Uconnect system does offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard. Out of the many vehicles that come and go inside the AutoNation Drive garage, the Chrysler 300’s Uconnect system is one of our favorites due to its ease of use, quick performance, and stellar response.
Other standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, USB/AUX ports, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, and keyless entry with push-button start.
Cabin space-wise, the 2017 Chrysler 300 offers 41.8 inches of front leg room and a massive 40 inches of leg room for rear passengers. Trunk volume comes in at an impressive 16.3 cubic feet. Overall, the interior of the 2017 Chrysler 300 has one of the most comfortable interiors we’ve tested in a long time.
The 2017 Chrysler 300 is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine making 292 horsepower. Our test model, the Chrysler 300 S features a little extra with a total of 300 horsepower and a maximum torque of 264 lb-ft. If you need more power than that, you’ll have to go up to the HEMI V8 offering with 363 horsepower.
Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2017 Chrysler 300 S runs from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 120 mph. Fuel economy-wise, the 2017 Chrysler 300 S returns an EPA-estimated 19/30 mpg* (city/highway).
The overall ride quality of the 2017 Chrysler 300 S is quite smooth and luxurious. You do have the option of the available sport mode which increases acceleration response, raises shift points and calibrates the electric power steering to sport settings. The 2017 Chrysler 300 is available with either a rear wheel drive setup or an all-wheel drive setup.
Besides the long list of standard features, the 2017 Chrysler 300 comes with a range of driver assist technologies including adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic braking, rear cross path warning, blind spot monitoring, and more.
The 2017 Chrysler 300 is one of our favorite luxury sedans before you step into the top-tier luxury brand arena. It offers all the luxury bells and whistles at an impressive starting price tag of $32,340**. Visit your local AutoNation dealer for a test drive today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.