2016 Chrysler 200

Starting MSRP: $21,995 - $27,570

Estimated MPG: 23 city / 36 hwy

2016 Chrysler 200 Review

Car shoppers should find the 2016 Chrysler 200 much more appealing now that it offers up to 36 mpg, four-cylinder and V6 engine choices and a standard heated steering wheel on higher trims. The 200’s award-winning Uconnect infotainment system is also reason enough to consider this premium midsize sedan from the folks in Auburn Hills.

By Melanie Batenchuk
Last Updated 05/03/2016

The 2016 Chrysler 200 is available in four trim levels: LX, Limited, 200S and 200C. The top two trims are available with all-wheel-drive.

The 200’s biggest updates for the 2016 model year include a standard rearview camera on most trim levels, as well as blind spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection availability on Limited models. There’s also improved seat comfort and firmness for both driver and front passenger, as well as three new exterior paint color choices.

Chrysler’s 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine is standard across all 200 models, with the exception of the all-wheel drive 200S and 200C, which receive a 3.6-liter V6. The V6 is optional on the 200 Limited, as well as the front-wheel drive 200S and 200C. Both engine options are wedded to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Exterior

Exterior
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It goes without saying that the appearance of the Chrysler 200, since its inception, has improved drastically. The swooping brushed aluminum grille on our test 200C now gets flanked by sleek LED daytime running lights along the bottom of the front light kit. Perhaps the best angle is its tail end, featuring a deck lid that curves upward, meeting the lines from the D pillars and giving the sedan a more aerodynamic aesthetic.

Our test car came in a lovely Granite Crystal Metallic paint scheme, which is available on all models. Chrome accents dance across the exterior, making an appearance on the door handles and the cabin outline surrounding the windows. Both the front and rear fascia also receive subtle silver pieces to complete a clean and modern look.

The Chrysler 200C is a good looking vehicle, and its exterior design is certainly an improvement over the previous 200; however, we feel it does not push the envelope enough for the highly competitive midsize sedan marketplace. In this segment, vehicle designs need to be memorable in order to stand out from the crowd.

Interior

Interior
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Stepping inside the 2016 Chrysler 200C reveals the level of detail the brand has put into giving this sedan a high-end feel. Seating for the driver and front passenger has been upgraded, giving occupants a plush yet supportive feel. Seats are wrapped in a supple Nappa leather, seat heating is standard (it’s an option on other trims), and the front seats are adjustable via eight- and six-way power controls for driver and front passenger, respectively.

You will be hard-pressed to find unpleasant hard plastics lurking inside the 200C. It is chock full of soft-touch materials wherever your hands or elbows might rest. Shoulder room and legroom are ample for those in the front of the cabin, but not fantastic for those riding in the back. The rear seats are some of the tightest you’ll find in a midsize sedan.

We especially appreciated the steering wheel audio controls, the highly adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and the soft lighting of the sun visors’ illuminated vanity mirrors on our test vehicle.

The leather-wrapped steering wheel gets heated on all 200C models (this is new for 2016, a heated steering wheel is also available on the 200S); however, that warmth does not pass through the chrome accent around the circumference of the steering wheel. We find that this accent, albeit a nod to older Chryslers, can be troublesome either in frigid or sweltering temperatures.

Performance

Performance
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The base 200 comes stock with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel-drive. While four-bangers have become commonplace among the midsize sedan group, unless turbocharged, they often leave drivers wanting more in terms of performance.

Luckily, Chrysler has given customers the option of getting their proven 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 in the two all-wheel drive offerings on the new 200. This option does cost more, but if you spend any amount of time on the highway or in a mountainous climate, it is worth the extra cash to have more power.

Both the four- and six-cylinder engines come mated to a nine-speed transmission, which we feel is a bit of overkill for this car. The switch points between gears are so close together with the nine-speed that the transmission almost has a feeling of losing momentum and power due to having to change gears. The pause is, of course, nanoseconds long, but it is a pause nonetheless.

EPA-estimated fuel economy is a respectable 23/36 mpg city/highway for models with the 2.4-liter engine. Fuel economy is a little less impressive with the V6. Front-wheel drive models achieve an estimated 19/32 mpg city/highway, while the all-wheel drive 200 gets 18/29 mpg.

Handling is quite nice and on par with competing sedans such as the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata. The 2016 Chrysler 200C rides smoothly and has a quiet road presence. If you prefer a sportier suspension, then we’d suggest opting for the 200S AWD.

Technology

Technology
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The base Chrysler 200 comes with standard tech features that include proximity key with push-button start and a USB port. A Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen is optional on the base model and standard on the 200 Limited.

Models like our test 200C are already pretty luxurious, but if you want to add more features to customize the vehicle Chrysler has provided a few packages that may enhance the technology and overall in-car experience.

The 200C comes with a 7-inch full-color driver information center in the instrument cluster, remote start, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen is also standard in the 200C. It is incredibly intuitive and easy to use for drivers at all levels of tech savviness. The large display screen certainly makes interaction with the system more pleasant, but the standard 5-inch screen is just as engaging.

Safety

Safety
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Safety is clearly a priority for the 2016 Chrysler 200 as it receives a top five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and earns the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ honor.

Standard safety features include a suite of air bags and electronic stability control. A rearview camera is standard with the exception of the base model. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection are now available on most Chrysler 200 models.

Customers of the 200C can option up to get more driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

Cost-Effectiveness

Cost-Effectiveness
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Our test vehicle was the 200C -- the top tier for this model -- which starts at $27,570, making it a pretty attractive buy. Opting for navigation and safety packages will easily set you back $3,000, pushing this sedan into the $30,000 range. A fully loaded AWD model nears $40,000, which may seem a little excessive for a 200C. But these figures are right on track with others in the segment, and depending on your preferences for automaker, technology features, interior styling and fuel economy, the Chrysler 200C may just tick all the right boxes.

Overall

Overall
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Chrysler updated its 200 for 2014 and has been fine-tuning the car since then, establishing it as a worthy competitor within the highly competitive midsize sedan market.

Chrysler understands that its customer base appreciates the opportunity to customize where possible, so it has smartly packaged up similar features to keep those customizations individual yet still affordable.

If you’re shopping for the 200, it is worth taking a look at the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (if eco-friendliness is of importance to you).