The midsize Chrysler 200 comes in sedan and convertible versions and offers a choice of two excellent engines. They are quiet underway, deliver better-than-average handling, and perform nicely when equipped with the 6-speed automatic transmission. The styling is simple, elegant and understated. Chrysler has come a long way with these cars. Its reasonable price, bevvy of standard equipment and good driving dynamics make the Chrysler 200 a solid choice among front-wheel-drive midsize cars.
For 2013, Chrysler replaces the 200 S model with an S package available on the Touring and Limited trim levels. The 2013 Chrysler 200 Touring S package upgrades with 18-inch aluminum wheels, a black finish grille, fog lamp bezels, projector fog lamps and black treatment headlamps. The 2013 Chrysler 200 Limited S package upgrades further with interior enhancements including leather-trimmed bucket seats and a perforated leather steering wheel.
The standard engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. A 4-speed automatic transmission is standard on the LX, but we recommend opting for the 6-speed automatic.
The Chrysler 200 Limited features a 3.6-liter V6 good for 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic is standard. The V6 is an option on the Chrysler 200 Touring model.
Fuel economy for Chrysler 200 sedan with the four-cylinder engine is an EPA-estimated 20/31 mpg City/Highway with the 6-speed automatic (21/29 with the 4-speed automatic). Chrysler 200 convertibles with the four-cylinder rate a less impressive 18/27 mpg. With the V6, EPA estimates are 19/29 mpg City/Highway for all sedan and convertible models.
We found the Chrysler 200 offers a smooth ride, a solid feel and surprisingly tight handling. The cabin is very quiet thanks to ample sound absorption materials, an acoustic glass windshield and laminated side glass usually found in higher priced vehicles. The four-cylinder engine uses special engine mounts to reduce noise.
The interior is tasteful, with high-quality materials and supportive seats. The instrument panel's gray-on-gray graphics are pleasing, and its white accent lighting is wonderful at night, with nice ambient cockpit lighting.
Because the Chrysler 200 is smaller than many midsize cars, rear legroom suffers a bit, as does cargo space on hardtop models. Surprisingly, though, the convertible's trunk is relatively roomy, thanks to an efficient storage design for the drop-top.
Although the Chrysler 200 sedan is a perfectly capable vehicle, it's overshadowed by many models in the class that have been redesigned or refreshed in the past year or two, including the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry. Other competitors worth considering include the Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata. Of all of these, the Chrysler 200 has the most old-school feel. Convertible competitors are less plentiful. The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro are more performance-oriented. The Volkswagen Eos is pricier, but features a retractable hardtop.
The Chrysler 200 comes with a 5-year 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and is built at Chrysler's assembly plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan.