2017 Chrysler 300 Trim Levels and Options
Four different trim levels are open to you with the 2017 Chrysler 300 - the Limited, 300S, 300C, and the Platinum. As you'd expect, these run the gamut from more brusque features to fully tripped out luxury machines.
On all trim levels, you'll be starting with a 3.6L V6 that offers 282 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. In the sportier 300S, this engine can muster a few extra horses of power. While all-wheel drive is an option across the board, the standard models feature rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic.
2017 Chrysler 300 Limited
The base trim, the 300 Limited, is really not all that limited. You'll instantly notice the large 8.4" touchscreen that can be connected to with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and any media you play through it will be output to you through six high-quality speakers around the interior. You can connect your media through one of the two USB ports, or simply tune into one of the HD or satellite radio stations.
Heated power front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, and heated mirrors even at the base level show you that the Chrysler 300 is willing to wow you with included features.
Even at this level, you can opt for a 5.7L V8 and an eight-speed automatic. You can optionally choose all-wheel drive. The V8 really helps the Chrysler 300 shift, something that is no mean feat in such a large, spacious vehicle.
2017 Chrysler 300S
The S presumably stands for Sport, as with the 300S you get a range of performance upgrades and design changes that make it seem like the 300 has had some Botox and come out 20 years younger. Pairing it with the V8 seems a good idea, as you get 20-inch wheels, performance tires, blackout styling pieces, sports seats in the front and a race-tuned suspension and steering. The sound system is upgraded to a 10-speaker Beats Audio system.
2017 Chrysler 300C
To capitalize on the more sedate side of the Chrysler 300, choose the 300C. Here, you get most of the important luxury features that elevate the 300 above other sedans in its class. Relax with heated rear seats, LED cabin lighting, an auto-dimming driver side mirror, heated and ventilated front seats, a navigation system and an amplifier added to the six-speaker audio system, a power-adjustable and heated steering wheel, a power rear window sunshade, comfort-tuned suspension, a dual-pane sunroof, and driver-seat memory settings.
2017 Chrysler 300C Platinum
Inevitably, there's a trim that trumps them all for the ultimate in luxury. With the Platinum, take everything you get on the 300C and add adaptive xenon headlights, unique exterior trim, upgraded leather upholstery, heated and cooled front cupholders, an upgraded steering wheel and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, and a smooth touring-tuned suspension that's even nicer than the 300C's suspension.
Chrysler allows you to mix and match some of the options you see at higher trims on the lower trims. Of particular note is the SafetyTec Plus option, which adds automatic wipers, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and prevention, and blind-spot monitoring.
2017 Chrysler 300 Performance and Powertrains
The 3.6L V6 you'll find on most Chrysler 300s get a bump in power by 8 horsepower on the 300S model, thanks to the performance exhaust and cold air intake. One might overlook the V6 as there's a V8 option available, but it's a good engine in its own right, and unless you're planning on really opening up the Chrysler 300 then you'll probably find the V6 to be more than enough for your needs.
Having said that, the 5.7L 363-horsepower V8 is a beast. You'll get from zero to sixty in less than six seconds, which feels all the quicker when you're in a big vehicle like the Chrysler 300 sedan. That power is well metered out, giving you a smooth delivery all the way.
A sport mode is available on trims including and higher than the 300S which puts focus on performance. It's nice to be able to drive around in a sedate vehicle all day and then switch it over to beast mode for a quick jaunt down the highway. The sport mode adjusts the throttle, transmission, steering, torque distribution and paddle shifters. Shift times are reduced on the automatic transmission - they're almost two times as quick.
2017 Chrysler 300 Driving Impressions
The Chrysler 300 is a large car, and you'll feel some body roll during quick accelerating and braking. This is not to say the Chrysler 300 is ungainly; in fact, once you take a test drive of a 2017 Chrysler 300 for sale in Lawrence near Kansas City and Overland Park you'll quite likely enjoy the charm of the soft motions in which the 300 cushions you.
A firmer ride can be had in the 300S. Pair it with the V8, and you've got a surprisingly spritely 4-door sedan that you can tear around in but tone it down for when you go to pick up your prom date. We'd go as far to say that the 300S is downright fun to drive.
2017 Chrysler 300 Styling
A key reason for choosing the 2017 Chrysler 300 is its definite style. It's big, it's American, and it's masculine. One could say that for a number of vehicles out there, but the Chrysler 300 manages to exude its confidence without resorting to being brash and ungainly.
There's a significant difference between the looks of the trim levels. The 300S is perhaps the most dramatic change, with black all over - black headlight bezels, black chrome surround for the grille, and 20-inch black wheels. Choose the 300C and much of these features become chrome for a more elegant look. The Platinum brings the bling, with platinum trim pieces.
The inside of the Chrysler 300 is defined by sweeping curves and muted lines. The two-tone leather upholstery in higher level trims is superb and pairs beautifully with the hand-sanded wood trim and minimal metallic accents.
A test drive of the Chrysler 300 is required just to see how quiet the interior is. There's very little wind noise but you've still got the sound of the road and the engine to keep you connected with what is going on around you. Seats are perfectly sized for the U.S. market and the front seats in particular feature a range of possible adjustments that can make the Chrysler 300 the most comfortable car you've ever driven. Seats in the rear are also well proportioned.
Cupholders abound and there's an abundance of room for all of the cargo you may wish to carry on a daily basis. The trunk has 16.3 cubic feet of space, and there's a storage bin near the shifter.
The materials are excellent throughout and there has been a lot of thought put into the location of all the features.
The Chrysler 300 has particularly good vision, as the roof supports are narrow. The IIIS have given the 2017 Chrysler 300 their highest "Good" rating for all the tests they performed, except for the difficult small-overlap front crash test.
Safety equipment that comes as standard on the Chrysler 300 in 2017 includes rain brake assist that removes water from the brakes in wet conditions, front side airbags, hill-start assist, curtain side airbags, a driver's knee airbag, and a rearview camera.
Optional on all trims apart from the 300 Limited are rain-sensing wipers, Uconnect Access for emergency service support, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning with lane keep assist.