The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 has lots of style, powerful engine options and is well-equipped. For the first time in years, it is a serious challenger in the midsize car segment.
For years, Chrysler has been seemingly the odd man out in the midsize car segment. Not any longer. The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 is a remarkable leap forward for the model and is sure to raise sales for the company. The 2015 200 is loaded with features, and it offers great styling and powerful engines. The new Chrysler 200 provides a great value and puts the other competitors on notice.
For the 2015 model year, Chrysler offers the 200 as a sedan that comes in four trim levels: LX, Limited, S and C. Starting with the base LX, the 200 comes equipped with keyless ignition and entry, cruise control and a USB port. A Uconnect option package provides Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a 5-inch touch-screen display.
Moving up to the 200 Limited, Chrysler adds alloy wheels, upgraded exterior trim and a six-speaker sound system. Chrysler offers optional features on the 200 Limited that include remote ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a rearview camera, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and satellite radio. Additionally, a sunroof and 18-inch wheels are also available.
Next, the sporty S trim comes standard with all of the Limited’s equipment and most of the items in the Convenience Group except for the rearview camera, which is available in a trim-specific version of the optional Comfort group. For the 200S, Chrysler adds 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, fog lights and sport seats.
The 200S is available with a Navigation and Sound package that adds an upgraded instrument panel, an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, smartphone app integration, hands-free text messaging and a nine-speaker sound system. Options include a blind spot monitoring system, a panoramic sunroof and full leather upholstery with ventilated front seats.
Rounding out the list is the luxurious 200C, which includes most of the equipment found on the 200S, as well as leather upholstery and a power-adjustable passenger seat.
The redesigned Chrysler 200 is one of the few cars in the midsize segment that makes you stand back and admire it. With its smooth lines and flowing design, it looks more like a high-end luxury car than an entry-level midsize sedan.
Starting at the front, the stylish use of the LED lighting, crosshatched bottom spoiler and minimalistic front logo on the grill are all attention grabbers. On the rear, the style continues with what appears to be an integrated spoiler, smooth body lines and a neatly integrated dual-exhaust system. The logo is again tastefully done and the taillight shapes match the overall styling.
On the inside, the new Chrysler 200 is well-designed with a beautiful dash display, upgraded materials and buttons and knobs that are easy to access.
Space on the driver’s side space is ample for a midsize sedan, and the front passenger has plenty of room as well. Cup holders are plentiful and the storage space under the controls is a welcome addition for storing bags and purses.
In the rear, unfortunately, the 200 falls short. The smooth, sharp styling of the exterior slopes a bit too much near the edge of the rear door creating a small access area.
This translates into trouble entering and exiting the vehicle for some passengers. It also creates difficulty getting children in and out of car seats. Also, rear leg- and headroom is less than ideal.
The Chrysler 200 comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower, which is pretty competitive within the segment. The 200S and 200C come with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard, which is currently the only one offered in the class.
For fun, Chrysler also equipped the 200S with paddle shifters. Combined with the 200S’ sport-tuned suspension, these shifters create a much more enjoyable driving experience.
While the 200S is pretty fun to drive, the base 200 is pretty good too. Regardless of the engine choice, the midsize sedan feels well-balanced and responsive.
Like the driving experience, fuel economy is really good as well. The base 300 gets an EPA-estimated 23/36 mpg city/highway, while V6 models get 19/32 mpg.
Overall, the performance of the 200S puts it above the competition, while the other models are just slightly better.
One of the biggest advantages the Chrysler 200 has is its sheer volume of technology offerings. From the base model to the Limited, Chrysler threw every technology item they could think of into this car. The only real downside for some owners will be the information overload when learning to use all the features.
While the buttons and knobs are fun, every car these days is judged on the infotainment system. In this case, Chrysler uses its well-regarded Uconnect system. This system is easy to use and is simple to pair your smartphone with. The screen is easy to read and responsive to the touch.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 offers a full-range of safety features and has a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and driver and front-passenger knee airbags. The 200 is also available with driver assistance features that include lane departure warning and lane keeping assist and forward collision warning.
With a starting price of $21,700, good highway fuel economy and features galore, it is hard to go wrong with the redesigned Chrysler 200. It is an ideal vehicle for the getting from point A to point B in luxury and style.
In today’s midsize car segment there are plenty of strong competitors to choose from. While the Chrysler 200 hasn’t been a top-seller in the past, the redesigned 2015 model is a strong offering among midsize cars.