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2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible - Rating Details

B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested

2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible (3.6L V6 FFV 6-speed Automatic)

Driven On 3/15/2011

Ratings Summary

The Chrysler 200 Convertible replaced the Sebring Convertible a couple years ago, and it is a noticeable difference in terms of improved driving dynamics and aesthetics. The things that separate the 200 from other convertibles at this price are size, engine, features and a choice of soft- or hard-top convertibles.
B
Performance Equipped with the standard V6, this 4-seat convertible is remarkably quick, has ample brakes and is a pleasure to drive.
Acceleration
B
With the standard 283-hp V6, this convertible is at or near the top of the sub-$35,000 convertible pack in terms of acceleration.
Braking
B
Midpack braking performance with medium-soft pedal feel and some nose dive but always straight.
Steering
B
For its class, the 200 Convertible offers good steering feel and exceptional response.
Handling
B
Unexpected class-topping handling (proven at our test facility). The car leans in the corners, but provides enormous grip.
Driveability
A
The smooth shifting automatic, effortless V6 power, and good steering, make the 200 a very pleasant car to drive.
Towing
D
At a meager 1,000 pounds, we're not even sure why they give the 200 Convertible a tow rating.
B
Comfort The 200 offers exceptionally good ride comfort and quietness, however, seats are merely adequate and are limited to just four places in total.
Seating Comfort
B
Standard heated seats of the Limited are otherwise unremarkable: four buckets slightly better (looking) than those of the 200 Sedan.
Ride Comfort
A
Ride comfort is remarkable because it walks the narrow (and rarely achieved) line between too soft and too firm. Clearly better than most convertibles at this price.
Quietness
B
Nearly as quiet as the sedan, sound-deadening glass and hardtop convertible do a very good job quelling wind noise, but occasional tire/road noise does find its way into the cabin.
B
Interior This is where the old Sebring shines through, yet, basic controls are done faithfully, and there's plenty of room under a hardtop convertible (unique at this price).
Ergonomics
C
Simple knobs for HVAC and other basic functions. Limited (and above) standard touchscreen controller (with or without navigation) unnecessarily complicates things. Poor interface.
Ingress/Egress
B
Access to either front or rear seats is good. The same cannot be said among its convertible competitors.
Space/Room
A
Acceptable front leg- and headroom, but very good rear seating dimensions, yet for just two across (no center head restraint).
Visibility
B
Typical sedan sight lines with top up, including a wide C-pillar, but without the option of a rearview camera or parking sensors.
Cargo/Storage
A
Typical center console, glovebox and map pocket. Standard fixed rear seats accommodate the generous (13.3 cubic feet) trunk volume that shrinks to 7 with top down.
Convertible Top
A
Soft- or hard-top convertible. Single-button up/down and also from the key fob.
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B
Value Value is a mixed bag with the 200: You get a big, attractive car with a big-yet-efficient V6, but quality and features are trailing competitive set.
Build Quality (vs. $)
C
Our example showed consistent gaps between body panels, but also inconsistent paint application. Inside, there were no noticeable quality or build concerns and no rattles.
Features(vs. $)
A
The 200 Limited Convertible offers more features model-to-model than the sedan, plus you get a big hard-top convertible with a big V6 for the money spent.
Cost
A
At this price point, there isn't another convertible this large and comfortable.
MPG
B
Fuel economy for the flex-fuel V6 is highly competitive and nearly matches that of the lowly 4-cylinder model. Economy declines dramatically using E85.
Warranty
C
Offered with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, Chrysler is lagging far behind in this regard, yet a 5-yr/100,000-mi powertrain warranty includes roadside assistance.
Ownership
C
Changes made from Chrysler Sebring to Chrysler 200 add up to huge, noticeable differences. Whether those changes also include improved quality remain to be seen. Uncertain.
A
Fun To Drive In ways that the Sebring never was, the Chrysler 200 is actually fun to drive with a powerful V6, big-car ride, but also with nimble handling. It might remind you of a rental car, but every top-down drive could feel like a vacation day.
Driving Experience
A
It's a near-lux driving experience with the option of lowering the top. Feel good that similarly sized convertibles cost tens of thousands more.
Personality
B
It's hard to shake the Premium Rental Car stigma, but as a convertible, the revised styling and increased content bring it closer to the Chrysler 300 family resemblance.
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