The 2017 Chrysler 300 is something of a throwback. It's a big and brawny American sedan with rear-wheel drive at a time when that's faded out of fashion. And it looks like the sort of car that hybrids were designed to replace. It's a dinosaur that can be had with a pounding Hemi V8 under its hood. It's everything a 21st-century sedan isn't supposed to be, and that's why buyers love it.
Sold only as a four-door, the 300 is available in four trim levels. The least expensive model is the Limited that still includes things like 18-inch polished alloy wheels as standard equipment. Or it wears 19-inch wheels when ordered with all-wheel drive. Its standard power is Chrysler's 292-horsepower Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 363-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is optional.
One step up from the Limited is the S that gets a performance suspension, 20-inch wheels on rear-drive models and 19s on the AWD versions, and a thumping BeatsAudio stereo system. Throw in some "Hyperblack" trim and it's got some jewelry to go along with its attitude. The drivetrain options are the same as the Limited, but the V6 is tweaked to 300 hp and paddle shifters are now fitted to control the transmission manually.
Next up the ladder is the 300C which adds luxury features like a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, ventilated and heated front and heated rear seats, a heated wood and leather steering wheel, and memory systems for the seats, mirrors and radio station presets. At the top of the line is the 300C Platinum that gets HID headlights, a Harmon Kardon sound system that puts the Philadelphia Philharmonic in your dashboard, and 20-inch wheels polished to a glistening reflective finish.
Rear-wheel-drive 300s powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 are EPA rated at 23 mpg combined (19 city/30 highway). The Hemi V8 version, which can't be combined with all-wheel drive, rates at 19 mpg combined (16 city/25 highway). Some of the Hemi's solid highway fuel economy can be credited to Chrysler's "Multi Displacement System" that shuts down cylinders when the car is cruising under light loads.
There's nothing timid about the Chrysler 300 and there's something reassuring in its old-school demeanor. Use the buying tools here on Edmunds to optimize a 300 to exactly your specifications and then get a great deal from a great dealer.
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