It's not a shocker that one of the first things the folks at Chrysler did after the company emerged from bankruptcy was to replace its perennially underwhelming Sebring. What may surprise you, however, is just how much better the Chrysler 200 is than the model it replaces. While the 200 doesn't represent a full redesign, it was thoroughly reworked to a degree that comparisons to its predecessor are largely irrelevant. In addition to modest exterior styling tweaks and a slightly sportier stance, the 200 has gained a powerful V6 and an attractively made-over interior.
These changes have elevated the 200 to be a respectable choice for a midsize family sedan. The 200 also scores points for being one of the few midsize models to offer a convertible body style. There are still many choices for a midsize sedan, and most continue to hold advantages in terms of fuel economy, interior room and reputations for reliability. However, Chrysler's midsize sedan is finally at the very least worthy of consideration.
Current Chrysler 200
The Chrysler 200 is a midsize model that's offered as a sedan or two-door convertible. There are four trim levels and a choice of two different engines. Entry-level LX, midrange Touring and top-of-the-line Limited models are all powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. A new 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 283 hp and 260 lb-ft is standard on the sporty S version and is offered as an option on all but the base LX model. Putting the power to the front wheels of the LX is a four-speed automatic transmission. The rest of the lineup features a six-speed automatic.
Even the LX base model comes reasonably well-equipped with air-conditioning, keyless entry, full power accessories and cruise control. Touring models add nice-to-have extras like alloy wheels, automatic climate control, a power driver seat and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
Limited and S models get still more upscale touches including leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth and a premium audio system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and a 28-gigabyte hard drive. A sunroof and a navigation system are optional. For the 200 convertible, Chrysler offers the choice of a fabric or steel roof. The latter is more expensive and a bit heavier, but provides better security and noise reduction.
Outside, the 200 has a noticeably classier look than its predecessor, accented by distinctive LED daytime running lights and brake lights. The quiet, comfortable interior also has an upscale look, with sleek styling and high-quality soft-touch materials. The backseat and trunk are a bit on the small side, but fold-down rear seatbacks provide some added cargo-carrying flexibility.
On the road, the Chrysler 200 provides adequate acceleration with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Some competing models provide superior power and fuel economy, but we suspect the four-cylinder will be adequate for many buyers' needs, especially when it's mated to the six-speed automatic transmission. With 110 hp more than the four-cylinder, the 3.6-liter V6 is quite energetic, delivering strong acceleration without a tremendous sacrifice in fuel economy.
Used Chrysler 200 Models
The Chrysler 200 was new for 2011 and there have been no changes since then. Prior to that year, this model was known as the Chrysler Sebring.
Read the most recent 2014 Chrysler 200 review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Chrysler 200 page.