2017 Chrysler 300C Platinum: A timeless icon? Sounds about right

24 May 2017 | 1,496 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds There is much to be said for sticking to your guns in the face of challenges. That much can certainly be said of the 2017 Chrysler 300C Platinum. It has a classic styling theme that has held up more than well over the years.  It is arguably the most accessible--financially and emotionally--luxury car involved.  Though its technology is both plenteous and new, and it is chock full of the latest everything, it is presented in a way that is not ostentatious, bewildering, or intimidating.  It's all about the comfort--in more ways than one.  And all of that cannot be said of every luxury car on the road.  You can jump in it, set up your Bluetooth in what, five seconds? ---adjust your controls and be on your way in maybe three minutes. It is an outrageously intuitive automobile, and still, after all these years, has street presence galore, and makes its owner feel plenty proud while it's at it. In other words, FiatChrysler need not change a darn thing.  Except continue to do what it has done. Refine it even further.  Make styling changes that enhance its already considerable clout. And market the heck out of it, pointing out that in this day and age of look-alike semi-fastback four door sedan luxury models, an ambiance that says "me too" ther are still some car companies that resolutely go about their proud, understated way.   Ours was the 300C Platinum  with a base price of $42,770.  After options were added in such as  the SafetyTec Plus Group, the final price was 48,855. Power came from a 3.6 liter, 292 horsepower V-6 with an eight speed transmission.  it gets 23 miles per gallon combined,, 19 city and 30 highway.  You will spend about $1,000 more in fuel costs over five years for this powertrain combination, compared with other new vehicles.  Annual fuel cost is $1,600 a year, based on 15,000 miles of annual driving at $2.45 a gallon.  It takes 4.3 gallons of gasoline to drive 100 miles. The 300C Platinum feels every bit the part of the swaggering, imposing bull when you drive it.  All bumps and road imperfections are snuffed right out, and passengers don't feel a thing.  It's also extremely quiet inside, and the handling is as sure-footed as it comes. And the steering goes precisely where you want it to go without any fuss. And the feel behind the wheel is just that much more pleasurable from the nice, meaty thick steering wheel you get with this car! [caption id="attachment_8986" align="alignnone" width="600"] 2017 Chrysler 300C Platinum[/caption] Faults?  The high window line and the size of the rear window make for some tough parking situations, so all of this car's parking technologies can help you master this predicament. For some people, the rear seat legroom might seem a bit limited. As for safety equipment, our car included an optional SafetyTec Plus Group, which includes full speed forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control with a Stop feature for emergencies, lane departure warning Plus; Rain Sensitive Windshield Wipers automatic high beam headlight control, Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection, ParkSense Front and rear assist system; exterior mirrors with turn signals, and courtesy lamps. By the way, the 300 gets a four star overall vehicle score from the government, along with four star front and four star re==passenger frontal crash protection. Side crash protection for the rear seat gets five stars--the highest rating, and four stars for front seat protection during side crashes, and four star rating for rollover protection. In case you are wondering about how well the other 300 models are equipped, let's start with the base 300. Standard equipment includes heated mirrors, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated power front seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. On the inside, tech features that are standard include an 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with two USB ports and HD and satellite radio. If you want more get up and go, upgrade things with to the 300 Limited, with the 5.7-liter, 363 horsepower V8 with the eight-speed automatic. Not enough sport for you?  Consider the 300S with  20-inch wheels with performance tires (19-inchers with AWD), a sport-tuned suspension (RWD only) and steering calibration, LED foglights, remote start, unique blackout styling elements, sport front seats with bold "S" emblems embroidered on them  and a 10-speaker Beats Audio sound system. An optional performance suspension exclusive to the 300S features further sport tuning for the suspension and upgraded summer tires. Next up?  The Chrysler 300 C. It provides standard goodies like a comfort-tuned suspension , an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, a dual-pane sunroof, LED cabin lighting, a power-adjustable and heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, driver-seat memory settings, a power rear window sunshade, a navigation system and an amplifier added to the six-speaker audio system.   But for our money, nothing short of the 300C Platinum will do--mainly because of the fabulous interior. ,Just look at that diamond pattern, buttery interior, and the two tone door panels with the same design!  It's got that wonderful, bespoke, handmade look that would make any luxury car buyer drool. You get unique exterior trim, a touring-tuned suspension, adaptive xenon headlights, heated and cooled front cupholders, upgraded leather upholstery, an upgraded steering wheel and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon stereo. All 300s come with a five year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty and a three year/36,000 mile basic limited warranty.  

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