Chrysler 300C… cool styling and supremacy
Now picture this: Imagine it’s the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. I wasn’t born then either but I have seen the movies. Imagine you are hanging out with your homeboys (old people’s term – not mine). You are the BAD boys and you begin rolling up. You drive a variety of Detroit iron horses (cars) from the late 40’s and early 50’s that are reminiscent of the bad-guy’s car from the movie, “Grease.” Remember cars with cropped roofs, thunderous engines, menacing presence and a complete inability to round a corner. The Chrysler 300c evokes a feeling of “Grease movie” on you but alas a modern Grease movie.
I was not a fan of the Chrysler 300c until I drove one for a week in South Africa. After roaming around with this beast, I am now converted. I must however warn you that driving this vehicle in South Africa has its own challenges. One must have be a man of strong moral fibre, who can resist advances from the opposite sex. Women literally scream and wave at the ride. It is a sex symbol in South Africa. It’s associated with some boldness and not your ordinary guy. Barack Obama’s Chrysler 300C was sold on eBay for $101,000. The seller claimed that it was originally purchased by Obama from Park Plaza Dodge in Forest Park, Illinois. Obama surely is not your ordinary guy. He has style and power. I am not surprised he once owned a Chrysler 300C. This is the car they wanted from Lucky Dube when they car jacked him and killed him in the process. It’s a hot ride in South Africa. I really cannot fathom why but I think South Africans love anything American
Chrysler’s venerable 300 has seen its fair share of wardrobe changes since debuting for the 2005 model year, and it’s now come back from the closet with more. Dressing up a model that’s already been refreshed once since its second generation bowed five years ago can be a challenge, but the 300 is the torchbearer for the brand’s scant lineup and needs to stay visible.
What makes the 2017 Chrysler 300 unique is that it’s a four-door sedan with visceral and practical appeal. The rumble of the optional V8 engine, the practicality of available all-wheel drive and the smooth highway ride all make the 300 a good car by more than just objective standards. What’s more, it’s a car that makes the daily commute easier by shutting out noise and bumpy roads. Even if you don’t particularly like the 300’s styling, being isolated from the outside world while you cruise down the highway is enough to make it worth a look.
Abundant luxury features create a value proposition for the 300. Even more pampering is available as you climb through the available trims. A dated interior design and the questionable quality of some interior materials are clues to the 300’s age. Front-seat occupants may wish for more legroom, but rear-seat passengers are treated to the most in this matchup. The rest of the 300’s measurements are competitive, if not class leading, but tall buyers should beware that the optional panoramic sunroof robs precious headroom in both rows of seats.
The standard V-6 churns out 292 horsepower in 300 Limited and 300C models but makes eight more ponies under the hood of the 300S. In our testing, a rear-wheel-drive 300S hustled itself from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds; that’s slow for this class but still reasonably sprightly. Our test of a rear-wheel-drive V-8–powered model back in 2015 netted a snappy 5.3-second result in the same test. Yeah, it had a Hemi. No matter the engine, an eight-speed automatic changes the gears; it’s operated by a rotary knob on the center console. Shifts are relaxed and buttery, and the gearbox isn’t hesitant to downshift when the driver plants his or her right foot in the throttle.
While its test results put the V-6–powered 300 on the slower end of this class, it doesn’t feel that way out on the road. The 3.6-liter V-6 pulls strongly enough for confident merging and emits a lovely, muted burble. For drivers seeking a speedier option, Chrysler offers its venerable 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, which makes 363 horsepower and sprinted from zero to 60 mph a second faster than the V-6. The eight-speed automatic transmission shifts gears quickly and subtly in Normal mode, but the Sport mode sharpens it up slightly, quickens the throttle response, and firms up steering effort.
After a generation of lackadaisical front-wheel-drive family sedans, the Chrysler 300C has led the return to rear-drive dynamics that Americans took for granted decades ago. Based on a good deal of Mercedes-Benz technology beneath, the Chrysler 300C is impressive in its driver control and handling. The 300C’s comfort suspension tuning should appeal to those buyers hunting for a comfy cruising sedan
The Chrysler 300C is a large five-passenger sedan with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. It’s been designed to appeal to consumers desiring something with a bit more personality than a regular family sedan or an alternative to popular Japanese or European entry-luxury sedans.
It comes with brawny V8 power, smart all-wheel-drive system, spacious interior, available long-wheelbase model, lots of luxury and performance. Its pricing is fair.
Poor visibility for shorter drivers.