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2017 Chrysler 300 Review

Although the 2017 Chrysler 300 features impressive driving dynamics, powerful engine options, and a first-rate interior, its poor safety and predicted reliability ratings sink it to a near-bottom ranking among large cars.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy and upscale interior
  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • Lower safety scores than rivals
  • Seats lack side support needed for fast turns




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 8.7
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2017 Chrysler 300 Overview

Is the 2017 Chrysler 300 a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Chrysler 300 is a decent large car, but it’s showing its age. The cabin has upscale materials and an intuitive infotainment system, but the overall look hasn’t changed much since the 2011 model year. It has spacious seating in both rows, but the front seats don’t have enough side support.

Regardless of the engine it comes with, the 300 accelerates very quickly, but at the expense of fuel efficiency. The 300 feels secure and grounded when taking on winding roads, and its suspension maintains a refined ride. Though the 300 isn’t a bad car, there are simply better options in the class.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 49 Chrysler 300 reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2017 Chrysler 300?

Our site has nearly 1,900 listings for the 2017 Chrysler 300. Prices ranging from $20,000 to $29,000, with an average list price of $23,900. That’s on par with the average list prices of most large cars.

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How Much Does the 2017 Chrysler 300 Cost to Own?

The 2017 Chrysler 300’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $25,050, which is typical for a large car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Chrysler 300?

The 2018 Chrysler 300 starts at nearly $29,000, which is $5,100 more than the average price of a 2017 model. For 2018, Chrysler removed the 300’s available V8 engine as an option in some trims, and it reshuffled features between trim levels. Stick with the 2017; you’ll spend less money without sacrificing much in the way of features.

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There aren’t any new large cars for about the same price as a 2017 Chrysler 300. If you’re willing to spend a few thousand dollars more to get a newer model, however, you may want to consider the 2019 Chevrolet Impala. The Impala is similar to the 300, offering roomy seats, a comfortable ride, and a powerful available engine. Pricing starts at $27,895.

If you can sacrifice some space, consider shopping from the new midsize car class, which has several lower-priced alternatives. The top-ranking 2018 Toyota Camry starts at $23,645, and it won our 2018 Best Midsize Car for the Money and 2018 Best Midsize Car Families awards. It comes with a long list of standard features, including a user-friendly infotainment system with smartphone integration. It also has a zippy and fuel-efficient base engine, a great predicted reliability rating, and lively handling.

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Which Model Year of the Chrysler 300 Is Best?

The 2017 Chrysler 300 is part of a generation spans the 2011 through 2018 model years. There were few changes from 2012 to 2014, and the 300 received its most notable updates for the 2015 model year. The 2015 Chrysler 300 gained a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and a styling refresh. Before buying the 2017, shop for 2015 and 2016 Chrysler 300 models. You’ll probably find similarly equipped models for less.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chrysler 300?

The 2017 Chrysler 300 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Chrysler 300 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Chrysler 300 has two reported recalls for loosened or disconnecting front driveshaft bolts and a cruise control system that may fail to deactivate. Before you purchase a 2017 300, be sure that these issues are fixed.

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Which Used Chrysler 300 Model Is Right for Me?

There are four trim levels: Limited, 300S, 300C, and 300C Platinum.

The base Chrysler 300 Limited is the best value for most shoppers. It comes with luxury amenities that rarely come standard, including Nappa leather upholstery, and heated and power-adjustable front seats. Chrysler’s user-friendly infotainment system is also standard. The base model gets plenty of power from its V6 engine, and it has athletic handling and good ride comfort. If you want the available V8 engine, you’ll have to skip the base trim and elect for an upper trim.

The 300S comes with a sport suspension and a modest boost in horsepower. It has upgraded interior and exterior styling, along with added standard features like a BeatsAudio system and remote start.

The 300C adds memory settings for the driver’s seat and steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power rear sunshade, a sunroof, and a navigation system.

The top-of-the-line 300C Platinum features 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.

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What Does Chrysler's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chrysler has a certified pre-owned program for vehicles less than five years old and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Buyers get the balance of the 7-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. They also receive a 3-month, 3,000-mile maximum care warranty that covers most major components and is good from the date you purchase your CPO Chrysler. If your CPO Chrysler has any of the original 3-year, 36,000-mile new-vehicle warranty remaining, the maximum care warranty kicks in when the new-car warranty expires. Chrysler CPO vehicles must pass a 125-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chrysler’s warranty page carefully.

Chrysler has one of the worst CPO programs among affordable carmakers, according to our analysis. Kia, Hyundai, Chevy, Ford, Honda, and Mazda are all better.

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How Safe Is the 300?

The 2017 Chrysler 300 didn’t perform as well as most rivals in crash testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluated it in five crash tests. The 300 earned the top rating of Good in four tests, and a Marginal (the second-lowest score) in the driver-side small overlap front evaluation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it four out of five stars overall. It received four stars in rollover and frontal crash tests, and five stars in the side crash test.  

A rearview camera is standard. Available safety features include adaptive headlights, 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.

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2017 Chrysler 300 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chrysler 300 or 2017 Chevrolet Impala?

The 2017 Chevrolet Impala shares a couple of appealing traits with the Chrysler 300, like a comfortable ride and roomy back seats. However, the 300 offers more in terms of performance. It has a stronger base engine, and its standard rear-wheel drive gives it sharper handling than you get with the Impala’s front-wheel-drive setup. Unlike the Impala, the 300 is also available with a V8 that delivers excellent acceleration. Still, the Impala is the more practical option. It has higher safety and predicted reliability ratings, a larger trunk, and better gas mileage than the 300.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chrysler 300 or 2017 Nissan Maxima?

If you like the 300’s strong engines and composed handling, you’ll probably like the 2017 Nissan Maxima even more. It features some of the best driving dynamics in the class, with sharp steering, tight cornering, strong brakes, and a comfortable ride. It also has a stronger base V6 engine than the 300, and it returns better gas mileage. The Nissan Maxima isn't as roomy inside as the 300, but it has an upscale interior and lots of standard features, including navigation, Apple CarPlay integration, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system. The Maxima also has a higher predicted reliability rating and better crash test scores than the 300.

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2017 Chrysler 300 Performance

How Does the 2017 Chrysler 300 Drive?

The 300 is more athletic than most large cars, as it rounds corners with confidence and control. The suspension absorbs road imperfections nicely, giving the 300 a smooth ride.

The base engine is a 292-horsepower V6, and a 300-horsepower version of this engine is standard in the 300S model. An available 5.7-liter Hemi V8 puts out 363 horsepower. All 300 models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available.  

The base engine provides adequate power for most driving situations, and the acceleration is smooth and quick from a stop. With the V8 engine, the 300’s acceleration is extremely potent. On the downside, some drivers may find that the transmission feels inconsistent when downshifting.

Does the 2017 Chrysler 300 Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to the EPA, the 300 gets 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with the base engine. Most cars in the class return better fuel economy.

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2017 Chrysler 300 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Chrysler 300 Seat?

The 2017 Chrysler 300 seats five, and there’s no shortage of space inside this cabin. The rear seats can comfortably accommodate three adults, which is rare even in this class. However, the front seats could use more side support.

The interior has a good fit and finish, top-notch materials, and handsome styling. Nappa leather upholstery is standard, which is usually an upgrade even in luxury vehicles. Heated, eight-way power-adjustable front seats are also standard. Leather and suede front sport seats are available, along with quilted Nappa leather, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and memory settings for the driver’s seat and steering wheel.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chrysler 300?

The rear seats have three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2017 Chrysler 300 Features

The standard Uconnect infotainment system features an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, satellite radio, and two USB ports. Uconnect features a large, legible screen with crisp graphics and straightforward menus.  

Dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, proximity key entry, and push-button start are also standard. Available features include a sunroof, a power rear sunshade, a 10-speaker BeatsAudio sound system, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, and remote start.

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2017 Chrysler 300 Dimensions

Chrysler 300 Cargo Space

The Chrysler 300 has a 16.3 cubic-foot trunk, which is typical for a large car.

2017 300 Length and Weight

The 300 is just over 16.5 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,013 pounds for rear-wheel-drive V6-powered models, to 4,380 pounds for rear-wheel-drive V8-powered models.

Where Was the 2017 Chrysler 300 Built?

Chrysler assembled the 300 in Canada.  

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