Should I Buy the Chrysler 300?

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The 2017 Chrysler 300 is a decent overall offering in a competitive class that features several strong performers. The 300 is about average among its rivals in terms of price, performance, interior, and other areas that matter to shoppers.

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Benefits :

  • Roomy and upscale interior
  • Powerful engine options
  • Intuitive infotainment system


A standard V6 engine makes the  Chrysler 300 one of the liveliest large cars off the starting line, and an optional V8 flexes even more muscle. However, the 300 isn’t all about raw power. Instead, it’s a calm and collected cruiser, eschewing athletic handling for stability and comfort. Inside the cabin, premium materials and a classic design make for an elegant atmosphere. All passengers should enjoy plenty of room as well.

There are a few minor drawbacks, though. The front seats aren’t particularly comfortable, especially if you like a supportive fit. The transmission might cause some annoyances, too, as some find it lags when shifting.

Chrysler 300

Should I Buy the Chrysler 300?

There are a lot of good things to say about the Chrysler 300, but overall, it's outperformed by well-rounded, well-reviewed, and lower-priced competitors like the Chevrolet Impala and Buick LaCrosse. The 300 is best for drivers who crave V6 or V8 muscle and need plenty of room and comfort to haul a family. The 300's cabin is fitted with top-notch materials in every trim, and there's a long list of comfort and safety features, too. Still, before you head to the Chrysler dealership and sign on the dotted line, be sure to check out the Impala and LaCrosse, since they may better fit your needs.

How Much Does the Chrysler 300 Cost?

The base Limited trim starts at $32,340, which is a little below average for the class. You can buy the Buick LaCrosse for a similar price. The Chevrolet Impala has a starting price nearly $5,000 less. The priciest 300 trim, the 300C Platinum, clocks in at $42,770. This is nearly as expensive as some luxury large cars, like the Lincoln Continental and Cadillac XTS.

All 300 models except for the base trim can be equipped with a V8 engine for $3,000. All-wheel drive is also available for $2,500 in every trim level.

Chrysler 300 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chrysler 300 or Chevrolet Impala?

With a starting price nearly $5,000 lower than the cheapest Chrysler 300, the Chevrolet Impala is certainly worth a look. The Impala eschews some of the 300's luxury in the name of practicality. The base Impala has plenty of standard features to make you happy, including a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot to keep the whole family's wireless devices connected to the internet. The Impala also earns higher safety scores than the 300, including a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There's more room in the Impala's trunk for all your luggage, and you'll spend less on gas, too.

Which Is Better: Chrysler 300 or Buick LaCrosse?

The Buick LaCrosse is fully redesigned for the 2017 model year. It strikes an excellent balance between passenger comfort and solid performance, which helps it best the 300 in the luxury large car class. The LaCrosse's base engine delivers more power than the 300, so it too has spirited acceleration. Despite the increase in horsepower, the LaCrosse earns better fuel economy estimates than the 300. Inside, you'll get a lot of the same features as the 300 for a similar price, plus a few extras like a Wi-Fi hot spot and rear parking sensors. Even though the 300 earns a good reliability score, the LaCrosse is even more reliable. The LaCrosse scores higher crash test ratings, too.

The Chrysler 300 Interior

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How Many People Does the 300 Seat?
Not many competitors can match the Chrysler 300 when it comes to passenger accommodations. The 300 can comfortably seat five people. The back seat offers generous amounts of legroom, so even taller passengers can stretch out. They'll have ample room above their heads as well. You can fit three full-size adults in the rear comfortably, which you can't do in most five-seat cars. The front seats also offer plenty of space, but that's because they're rather flat. You might notice a lack of support on your sides if you take the 300 hard around a corner or drive on twisty roads. There are optional sport seats with better side bolstering that can mitigate this, though.

300 and Car Seats
The 300 is somewhat unique in that it has three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear. Unfortunately, the lower anchors are located deep in the seat cushions and are hard to find on all three seats. The outer seats offer enough room to move your hands around the anchors, but space is tight when digging around in the middle seat.

300 Interior Quality
The 2017 300 is sure to impress with its interior design and furnishings. Trim and accent pieces are high quality, and the car is put together solidly. One attractive feature is the inclusion of standard Nappa leather seats, which is an especially premium material that’s usually an upgrade even in luxury models.

You can also opt for combination leather and suede sport seats or have your sport seats adorned in quilted Nappa leather. An option that would make some luxury cars blush is having nearly the entire front cabin wrapped in premium leather, from the instrument panel to the center console and door panels.

300 Cargo Space
The 300’s trunk gives you 16.3 cubic feet of space, which is a decent amount, but only about average when compared to the rest of the class. Other rivals that have bigger trunks include the Chevy Impala, which has 18.8 cubic feet of trunk room. Still, the 300's capacity is probably enough for a whole family's luggage or a foursome's golf bags.

300 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
An infotainment system with a large 8.4-inch touch screen comes standard. Chrysler's Uconnect interface earns praise for its ease of use, with menus that are simple to navigate and on-screen instructions that help you use the system. The screen processes commands promptly, and graphics and text are large and clear. For 2017, Chrysler adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard features, so you can integrate your smartphone with the system and access most of your favorite apps in a familiar layout. The Buick LaCrosse is also standard with these smartphone integration systems. The Chevrolet Impala LT, which is close in price to the 300, gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well.

 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum Review

The Chrysler 300 Performance

Powerful Engine Choices
It takes a lot under the hood to propel most large cars. Fortunately, Chrysler outfits the 300 with a standard V6 engine that puts out 292 horsepower. That’s just a few horses more than the base class average, but it should be sufficient for most drivers. Acceleration off the line is strong and smooth, and you should get up to highway speeds easily. An available sport trim comes with a slightly boosted version of the base engine that increases power output to 300 horsepower. The Buick LaCrosse has a bit more standard horsepower than the 300 for around the same base price.

If you’re really looking for a thrill, consider getting a 300 with an optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine. This engine’s 363 horsepower turns the 300 into a speed demon, and you’ll probably turn some heads from the exhaust sound too. All 300s come with rear-wheel drive, and you can substitute all-wheel drive in any model, but not with the V8 engine.

An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard in every 300, and it receives mixed reviews. Some critics say it finds the right gear with confidence and helps you while going down hills by downshifting at opportune times. Conversely, others think the transmission sometimes waits too long to shift when accelerating or doesn’t downshift when you need it to.

Gas Mileage: Slightly Low Efficiency
You can expect to get about 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway in the standard 300. Most cars in the class fall right around those estimates, with a few mpg difference in either direction. The Chevrolet Impala, for example, gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway, while the Buick LaCrosse gets 21/31 mpg city/highway. Unless you're considering the very efficient Toyota Avalon Hybrid or the performance-focused Chevrolet SS, fuel economy doesn't vary enough among the rest of the class to be a make-or-break factor.

Opting for the thrilling V8 will unsurprisingly increase your trips to the gas station – you'll only get about 16 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway. The increased fuel consumption will increase your gas bill, too: The V8 will cost you around $500 more than the standard V6 in gas costs each year.

Ride and Handling: Solid Cruising
The 300 moves fast off the line and feels stable and grounded when taking on twisty roads or going through turns. It's more agile than many other large cars, but it's still not as sporty as the performance-focused Chevrolet SS or Dodge Charger.

Comfortable ride quality is another one of the 300's strong selling points. It uses its bulk to absorb pavement imperfections, treating its occupants to a smooth and quiet journey. Both the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Impala offer well-cushioned rides, too.

Chrysler 300 Warranty

The 2017 Chrysler 300 comes with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Chevrolet Impala has a similar warranty, while the Buick LaCrosse is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

The Chrysler 300 Safety

300 Crash Test Results
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2017 300 an overall rating of four out of five stars. It gets four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash evaluation. The Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Impala both get five-star overall ratings from the NHTSA, with five stars in frontal and side crash tests and four stars in rollover tests.

300 Safety Features
A rearview camera is the only driver assistance feature that comes standard in the 300. Most other cars in the class are outfitted similarly. The Buick LaCrosse has both a rearview camera and rear parking sensors as standard, and the Chevrolet Impala doesn't come standard with any driver assistance systems.

Nearly all of the advanced safety features in the 300 are only available as part of a package, no matter which trim level you get. These features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and adaptive cruise control.

Which Chrysler 300 Model Is Right for Me?

The 300 is available in four trim levels: Limited, 300S, 300C, and 300C Platinum. A 3.6-liter V6 engine, rear-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic transmission all come standard. A 5.7-liter V8 engine is optional (for $3,000) in all but the base trim. You can add all-wheel drive to any model for $2,500, but you can’t get the V8 and AWD together.

Most buyers should stick with the base Limited trim, as it offers excellent value for the money. Luxury features like Nappa leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats are standard. You'd have to move up to a much pricier trim to get similar features in the Chevrolet Impala or Buick LaCrosse.

Optional features in all models include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and adaptive cruise control are available in all but the base trim.

Chrysler 300 Limited
The base Chrysler 300 Limited starts at $32,340. Standard features include Nappa leather upholstery, heated front seats, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, two USB ports, a rearview camera, proximity-key entry, a push-button ignition, and the Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Optional features include a sunroof, a 10-speaker BeatsAudio sound system, navigation, and remote start.

Chrysler 300S
Move up to the 300S for $35,675, and you’ll get performance tuning that adds 8 horsepower to the base engine. This trim also adds the BeatsAudio system, remote start, a sport suspension, and upgraded interior and exterior styling. Options include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, leather and suede front sport seats, ventilated front seats, a sunroof, navigation, adaptive headlights, and driver’s seat and steering wheel memory settings.

Chrysler 300C
The 300C trim, starting at $38,635, comes with driver’s seat and steering wheel memory settings, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power rear sunshade, a sunroof, and navigation. Available features in this trim level are a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and adaptive headlights.

Chrysler 300C Platinum
The top-level 300C Platinum trim retails for $42,770. It comes with quilted Nappa leather seats, a touring suspension, adaptive headlights, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, chrome accents, 20-inch wheels, and other design elements. A premium leather-wrapped interior is optional.

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The Final Call

Even though the 2017 Chrysler 300 is included in our affordable large car class, it straddles the line between mass-market and luxury cars. Its cabin is very spacious, with high-end trim pieces and tech features that make it feel more like a luxury-badged car. The Uconnect infotainment system is very user-friendly, and several of the 300's standard features are pricey options in many rivals. The 300 has generous muscle from its range of potent engines, including a punchy Hemi V8. Handling is composed and confident without sacrificing the comfortable ride buyers expect in a large car. 

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