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.