300 owns its looks with solid style, feel and power


2017 Chrysler 300C
• Large sedan, RWD
• 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT Engine
• 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift
• Remote start system
• Power backlight sunshade
• Dual-pane panoramic sunroof
• Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility
• Heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats
20-inch polished aluminum wheels
• 5 Year/60k Powertrain Limited Warranty. 3 Year/36k Basic Limited Warranty
• 19 mpg (16/25 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $43.7k, pictured
As always, check with dealer for details

I remember a few years ago helping an older woman when she was having car trouble in a grocery store parking lot. She was driving an early ‘80s luxury sedan—of those that were lovingly referred to as ‘boats’ back in the day. The hood was simply massive compared to the modern cars that I drive weekly (in some cases the hood came close in size to the actual cars, not just the hoods of the cars).
The 2017 Chrysler 300C is not a ‘boat,’ but I think what I like most about it is that it reminds me of those old luxury cars while being modern and ultimately very satisfying.
It’s a big car, both in feel and look. It feels like the largest sedan I’ve driven in a long time, and the big grille and high hood placement gives it the solid look that’s made it a head turner ever since its modernization in the 21st century.
The recent refresh (around 2014)  gave it a few more bevels and swoops, but in the end only makes it more of a unique presence on the road. There’s no mistaking a 300 when you see it.
I think they look best in black, with their bright chrome accents and the 20 inch aluminum wheels, so even in the hot summer sun, I was still pleased to see it.
I was also pleased to see the remote start button on the key fob they gave me at the dealership.  Crossing the asphalt, I heard the engine start up, and I dreamed pleasantly about the air conditioner that would be chugging away by the time I climbed inside.
Inside, with the leather seating, blue accent illumination on the gauge panel and steering wheel, the wood and burl and chrome accents, the 300 is still an elegant and solid car. The refined touchscreen has similar icons to other cars in the manufacturer’s family of cars, but manages to be refined enough to make it special. Looking through the control screens, I was pleasantly relieved to find the ventilated front seats, ready to cool me off from below.
It’s a sharp car to look at, with a refined cabin, but the 300 I drove really shined on the road.  I realized that the crisp audio system I was impressed with was far more a function of how little noise was making it into the cabin than just quality speakers.
That said, the 5.7-liter V8 with 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque still projected a pleasant growl when I put the pedal down to pass on the highway.  The 300C seemed made for the highway, with the quiet, the smooth ride and the easily accessible power (there was very little delay for acceleration to kick in when I put the pedal down). Standard models come with the smooth rear-wheel drive, but an all-wheel drive is available.
As an interesting bonus, on the highway, the navigation system provided me with information regarding available services at upcoming exits: gas, food, lodging, service. It included icons for each, and a distance to each exit to help you with your trips on the fly. I’d love to have spent more time playing with the navigation system to find out what else it could do.
Discover how the 2017 Chrysler 300C could float your boat at Grand Junction Chrysler, just north of North Avenue and west of First Street. With satisfying power, luxurious appointments and head turning looks, the 300s are modern classics-in-making.

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