In the cutthroat family sedan category, Chrysler fields the 200, a sedan that has majored on style and wrapping itself in the American flag since its introduction that featured a memorable ad with Eminem and the city of Detroit. The 200 is Chrysler’s shot at breaking through the noise of the best-selling midsize cars and carving out a niche of its own.
2015 to Present: Chrysler 200
The second-generation Chrysler 200 was introduced for the 2015 model year. Based on a Fiat-derived platform shared with the Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee, the 200 is largely an all-new car. Available only as a sedan, the 200 offers the choice of a 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or an optional 3.6-liter V6 with 295 horsepower. Both engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Trims were LX, Limited, the sporty S and the loaded 200C, which boasts features such as forward collision prevention, lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring.
All Chrysler 200 models seat five and include standard features such as proximity key with push-button start, a USB port and 60-40 split-folding rear seats. Available features include a touch-screen audio system, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.
For 2016, the 200 got a 90th Anniversary appearance package to honor the birthday of the Chrysler brand. A backup camera became standard on all but the base LX model, and the Limited model gained a V6 option. Blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems also became more widely available for the 2016 model year. The seats were also redesigned for more comfort and the available Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system was updated with features such as Siri Eyes Free.
The midsize car segment offers entries from just about every mainstream brand. As such, the Chrysler 200 can be cross-shopped against models like the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Passat.
Earlier Chrysler 200 Models
The Chrysler 200 was released for 2011 in four-door sedan and two-door convertible formats. It wasn’t a totally new model, but rather a heavy revision of the Chrysler Sebring. Still, the front and rear ends were vastly revamped, with new wheels and trim and heavily upgraded interior materials.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 173 horsepower carried over as the base engine, which is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. A newly available 3.6-liter V6 with 283 horsepower and a six-speed automatic served as the powertrain upgrade.
Base LX models had 17-inch wheels, power amenities, cloth upholstery and split-folding rear seats. The 200 Touring adds a six-speed automatic with the four-cylinder, as well as aluminum wheels, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and an upgraded audio system. The 200 Limited comes with leather upholstery, Bluetooth and heated front seats. The 200 S features blacked-out trim and a generally sportier take on the Limited. Convertibles featured either a folding fabric roof or a folding hardtop.
There were no changes to the 200 in 2012, and the main alteration for 2013 was that the S became a package available on the Touring and Limited.
With a new model slated for the following year, the 2014 Chrysler 200 gained a six-speed automatic transmission on all trims.