The Chrysler 200 is 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 many choices for a midsize sedan, however, and most continue to hold advantages in terms of fuel economy, interior room and reputations for reliability. Although it's hard to make a case for the Chrysler 200 sedan, the 200 convertible remains a good choice if you want an open-air driving experience and need seating for four.
Current Chrysler 200
The midsize Chrysler 200 is offered as a sedan and two-door convertible. The sedan comes in LX, Touring and Limited trim levels, while the convertible comes in Touring, Limited and S trims. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque for LX and Touring models, while the Limited gets a 3.6-liter V6 making 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine also comes standard on the S trim convertible or optional on the Touring trims.
Putting the power to the front wheels is a six-speed automatic transmission.
The LX base model comes reasonably 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 convertibles get still more upscale touches including leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth and a premium audio system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen. A sunroof and a navigation system are optional, while an S package for Touring and Limited sedans includes 18-inch wheels, foglamps, black exterior trim and, for the Limited, leather-trimmed bucket seats.
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.
Inside, the 200 boasts a quiet and comfortable interior with an upscale look, with sleek styling and high-quality soft-touch materials. However, the sedan's backseat and trunk are a bit on the small side. Relative to other convertibles, however, the 200 convertible's backseat is actually pretty roomy.
On the road, the Chrysler 200 provides adequate acceleration with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, but fuel economy is below average. 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. There have been only minor changes since. If you're looking for a used 200, note that the LX sedan from 2011-'13 came standard with a four-speed automatic, with the six-speed auto being optional. Aim to get a 200 LX with the six-speed if you can.
Prior to this, the 200 was known as the Chrysler Sebrin.
Read the most recent 2014 Chrysler 200 review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Chrysler 200 page.