2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible (3.6L V6 FFV 6-speed Automatic)
Driven On 3/15/2011
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.
PerformanceEquipped with the standard V6, this 4-seat convertible is remarkably quick, has ample brakes and is a pleasure to drive.
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.
Midpack braking performance with medium-soft pedal feel and some nose dive but always straight.
For its class, the 200 Convertible offers good steering feel and exceptional response.
Unexpected class-topping handling (proven at our test facility). The car leans in the corners, but provides enormous grip.
The smooth shifting automatic, effortless V6 power, and good steering, make the 200 a very pleasant car to drive.
At a meager 1,000 pounds, we're not even sure why they give the 200 Convertible a tow rating.
ComfortThe 200 offers exceptionally good ride comfort and quietness, however, seats are merely adequate and are limited to just four places in total.
Standard heated seats of the Limited are otherwise unremarkable: four buckets slightly better (looking) than those of the 200 Sedan.
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.
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.
InteriorThis 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).
Simple knobs for HVAC and other basic functions. Limited (and above) standard touchscreen controller (with or without navigation) unnecessarily complicates things. Poor interface.
Access to either front or rear seats is good. The same cannot be said among its convertible competitors.
Acceptable front leg- and headroom, but very good rear seating dimensions, yet for just two across (no center head restraint).
Typical sedan sight lines with top up, including a wide C-pillar, but without the option of a rearview camera or parking sensors.
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.
Soft- or hard-top convertible. Single-button up/down and also from the key fob.
ValueValue 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. $)
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.
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.
At this price point, there isn't another convertible this large and comfortable.
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.
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.
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.
Fun To DriveIn 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.
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.
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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