Presently the entry-level car within the whole Chrysler lineup, the midsize 200 is supplied in sedan and convertible body designs. Though these share their engines, transmission and interior furnishings, the 2014 Chrysler 200 sedan faces a tougher road. The sedan is one amongst the older entries in its category, and its up against newer cars with huge interiors, cutting-edge technology and high fuel economy ratings. The Chrysler 200 convertible is of the similar vintage, other then it competes because we are part of a smaller field and its still one amongst the higher choices out there if you need a four-seat convertible.
Each versions of one’s Chrysler 200 are notable for the swish ride and composed handling. Though performance and fuel economy are below average when using the base four-cylinder engine, the accessible v6 offers sturdy acceleration, and gas mileage is requried to be made by par when using the four-cylinder. Relative to actually the competition, the 200 convertible too offers ample space and get a family of four. Other then as modern family sedans go, the 200 sedan feels cramped, particularly within the whole backseat. Though each cars have handsome cabin furnishings, the electronics are hardly state of one’s art. The accessible touchscreen infotainment interface offers basic functionality, other then its graphics are dated and also the menu structure isnt terribly intuitive.
Being a four-door, the 2014 Chrysler 200 doesnt stand out among midsize cars. Its a decent selection if you do in fact really need a v6 engine, other then wed advise you to envision out such competitors clearly as the ford fusion, honda accord and nissan altima, that surpass the 200 in nearly all respects, together with interior comfort and gas mileage.
With all the effort Chrysler has put into revamping the trims and name of the 200 sedan, it seems they really were locked into the heavy metal stampings of the original 2008 Chrysler Sebring Sedan’s shape. Changing the plastic front and rear bumpers, sills and other non-metal details was the only viable option to juice sales during the financial crisis.
The credit crisis caused widespread delays in both consumer and business spending plans, meaning the Sebring sedan was a failure waiting to happen. The car’s exterior styling was only partly to blame.
The 200 still wears its Crossfire-inspired raked hood and Chrysler 300-style eggcrate grille in all but the top S trims, but these styling ideas never sat well with the car’s front-drive proportions and extra-long front overhang. The 200’s profile is probably its worst angle, because it shows a nose, glasshouse and tail that barely seem like they belong on the same car.
The interior of the 200 also keeps all the hard points from the original Sebring sedan’s fake-aluminum-dominated design. Where the original car’s center stack was a painted plastic fantastic, the new 200 uses an individual piano black shroud around the new touchscreen radio and nav options. The climate controls are now black as well and live in their own area just ahead of the gearstick.
There are good areas and bad areas within the 200’s cabin. The good areas include a clutter-free and smooth-flowing dashboard, plus the center-mounted analog clock whose Indiglo nighttime illumination is tasteful. The clock face looks even better during the daytime, when its coloring almost looks like Tiffany & Co.’s turquoise jewelry boxes. The up-level 200S models also score points with illuminated dual cup holders and all 200’s have a comfortable and deep center armrest box.
The development of the Chrysler 200’s shared chassis began early in the DaimlerChrysler days of the late 1990s, when Mitsubishi was rumored to be the third partner in the publicly-traded merged entity called DCX. The Illinois-built Mitsubishi Eclipse donated its coupe platform to be stretched and widened into a new midsize car that could fit both four-cylinder and V-6 powertrains, plus sedan and convertible body styles.
The Mitsubishi partnership fell apart and left Chrysler with affordable but uninspiring bones with which to build a car. Not quite an origin story interesting enough to have Hollywood calling for the movie rights.
The 200 really came into its own with 2012’s new engine and transmission choices, with the top Pentastar V-6 producing 283 horsepower through a six-speed auto to the Chrysler’s front wheels. This top engine option is potent enough to deliver a 6.4-second 0-to-60 mph time, but comes with some wild torque steer and wheel spin on demand.
The 2013 Chrysler 200 is a Top Safety Pick Plus from the IIHS, one of a select group of vehicles to achieve this nearly perfect score. Active front headrests are a surprising inclusion and prevent front-seat passenger whiplash from most rear collisions.
Pricing for the 2014 model is not yet available, but 2013 pricing shown below is expected to carry over. At most, a $300 increase for 2014 will match inflation. The Carhartt 2013.5 200S Special Edition is expected for 2014 as well.