The 2017 Chrysler 200 is a case of being more of the same in comparison to the previous year's model, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. While it still carries some weaknesses, this midsize sedan continues to feature smart looks, overachieving safety ratings and an optional tech interface that's a cinch to use.
In appearance, the 2017 Chrysler 200 is practically identical to the last two variants, both inside and out. The car's looks have always been a strong point, so we can see why they have stayed the same. The exterior is sleek and modern, and the interior continues this aesthetic. The interior, in particular, benefits from the upgraded materials and the optional 8.4-inch UConnect interface found in the 200S and 200C trim levels. However, the 200 carries the smallest interior space of the midsize sedan segment and it feels that way.
Under the hood of the 2017 Chrysler 200 is the standard but stubborn 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that was in last year's version. While we're not particularly impressed with the sluggish speed, sound and performance from the engine, we're happy to see that the 3.6-liter V6 is still available in the 200S and 200C Platinum levels. It raises the car from being one of the slowest of the segment to one of the fastest. Additionally, all-wheel drive is available as an option with the V6.
Safety continues to impress in the 200, which achieves excellent crash-test scores. The SafetyTec upgrade available in the 200C Platinum comes with everything you need to ensure you'll safely travel from Point A to B. Once there, SafetyTec will assist in your parallel or perpendicular parking.
The 2017 Chrysler 200 now features six trim levels, up from the four available last year. They range from the standard LX and the Touring to the Limited Platinum, with its larger UConnect screen with easier interface and leather interior, to the more upscale and luxurious 200S, 200S Alloy Edition and 200C Platinum.These last trim levels redefine most aspects of the car's tech, safety and cosmetics. There's also more than a handful of option groups, should you need further refinement.
While the base 2017 Chrysler 200 may not be perfect in any sense of the word, the model does create enough wiggle room with its trim levels and options to accommodate most customers' needs. Let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Chrysler 200 that's perfect for you.
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.