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2017 Chrysler 300 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Chrysler 300 was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.2

The 2017 Chrysler 300's powerful engine line-up provides strong acceleration and power. However, test drivers disagree about how well and accurate the transmission shifts. Fuel economy with the standard engine is low for the class, and with the optional V8 engine it's extremely low. Handling is focused more on comfort than sportiness, but the 300 still drives solidly.

  • "Both V6 and V8 models tout smooth, compliant rides, though we find that the V8 handles a little better than its V6 counterpart." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "Chrysler’s 300 sedan for 2016 hearkens back to a time when big, rear-drive, V8-powered cars ruled the American highways. Loaded with the most advanced technology and safety features, the 300 is superior to its ancestors, and with its Hemi-powered V8, runs circles around competitors like the Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Azera and Chevy Impala. The 300's rear-drive setup (RWD) delivers the kind of performance enthusiasts prefer, but its available all-wheel drive (AWD) is there for those who must regularly deal with snow and ice." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The 300 is a potent, pleasant highway cruiser with a serene ride and a hushed, well-isolated cabin." -- Cars.com (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 300 comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 292 horsepower. A 300-horsepower version of this engine comes with the 300S model. A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that puts out 363 horsepower is optional. All 300 models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. According to EPA estimates, the standard 300 gets 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which are low estimates for the class. The available V8 engine gets 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

The base engine provides decent power and allows the 300 to accelerate smoothly with confidence from a stop or at speed. Acceleration is extremely potent with the optional V8 engine. Critics disagree about how the automatic transmission functions, with some noting that it shifts admirably and others contending that downshifts are inconsistent.

  • "The 292-horsepower V6 does an admirable job moving more than 4,000 pounds of Chrysler. Zero to 60 mph takes 6.8 seconds. Upshifts are supple, and the 3.6-liter's power delivery is smooth. For a bit more oomph, we recommend the V8. It sounds better, too. The V6 is exceptionally smooth, and the gas pedal is responsive to your inputs. The eight-speed automatic is rarely confused, even handling hills with smart downshifts, but it offers no manual-shifting ability." -- Edmunds
  • The available 363-horsepower Hemi V8 delivers heart-stopping acceleration, although we're still not thrilled with the way the 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission manages gear changes. It pauses too long in some cases and doesn't downshift fast enough in others." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • Interestingly, acceleration isn't vastly improved with the V8. Yes, there's a noticeable difference between V6 and V8 models, but unless you're really excited to blast away from every stoplight, we suspect you'll probably be content with the car's smooth V6 engine." -- Autotrader (2016)

Handling and Braking

The Chrysler 300 has a comfortable ride quality and steady handling. Steering is poised and the car stays planted to the road, but it lacks athleticism when going around corners or over twisting roads. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • Straight-line performance is outstanding in the 300, but on models other than the 300S, cornering is not its most admirable quality. Although the 300 can easily outmaneuver a Toyota Avalon or Hyundai Azera, it's no match for the Chevrolet SS or Dodge Charger. Somewhat improving matters is a Sport mode standard on the 300S and 300C Platinum that tweaks the response from the steering, throttle and transmission shift points." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "No matter the engine, the 300 boasts an impressively quiet and smooth ride quality. The 300S model comes with a sport-tuned suspension that can be optionally upgraded with beefier components. … and although nothing can disguise the 300's bulk, we're impressed by how this big sedan stays planted to the road. Like a heavyweight boxer, the 300S can stick and move when it needs to." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The 300 is no sport sedan; it weighs more than 4,000 pounds and, even when equipped with a new sport suspension, prioritizes ride comfort over handling. Yet it is an easy, fun car to drive quickly. No front-wheel-drive competitor—not even the very good Chevrolet Impala—goes down the road with such authority." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

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