- Standard Uconnect 8.4 multimedia system has been updated
- V-6 and V-8 engine options
- 8-speed automatic transmission
The 2017 Chrysler 300C is high-end version of the regular 300 full-size sedan. It competes with the Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon, and Chevrolet Impala. This year, it remains largely unchanged. However, the standard Uconnect multimedia system has been updated. The regular Chrysler 300 will be covered in a separate overview.
Two trim levels are available: the 300C and 300C Platinum.
Overall, the 300C has a boxy, muscular design with minimalistic body lines. The front-end features a massive rectangular grille, rhombus-shaped headlights, a narrow-slit lower fascia, and Chrysler’s winged emblem. At the rear, vertical slab taillights take a diminutive presence in favor of clean lines for the trunk lid and blockish rear bumper. Standard features include power/heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, a power trunk lid, a dual-pipe exhaust system, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Adaptive Bi-Xenon HID headlights, LED front fog lights, a panoramic moonroof, and unique 20-inch aluminum wheels are available as well.
Under the hood, the 300C is powered by a standard 292-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, but a more powerful 363-hp 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI engine that produces 394 pounds-feet of torque is also available. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) or optional all-wheel drive (AWD). Fuel economy for the V-6 models is an EPA-estimated 19/30 mpg city/highway (RWD) and 18/27 mpg (AWD). The ratings lower to 16/25 mpg and for the V-8 models.
Inside, the 300C has a standard leather-trim interior with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. A unique, black rotary shifter replaces the conventional shift knob. The center stack feature the new Uconnect multimedia system, which includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, voice recognition, and dual USB ports. It can be upgraded with an integrated navigation system and a Harmon Kardon premium audio system. Standard features dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, power windows/locks, remote keyless entry, and push-button start. Available features include Nappa leather upholstery, a memory seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel are also available.
The 300C earned a 4- out of 5-star overall crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Standard safety features include a backup camera and a tire pressure monitoring system. Available features include a blindspot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.