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2011 Chrysler 200

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2011 Chrysler 200 Review

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In what has to be one of the most ambitious model overhauls in Chrysler's long and rocky history, the company has revised or completely remade its entire model line including its Dodge and Jeep divisions. Considering where the company was just a year and half ago, this kind of massive retooling is nothing short of miraculous. Of the many models to see an improvement, none was more in need than the dowdy Chrysler Sebring Sedan. Given a new look, a new interior and a whole new name, the Chrysler 200 is a much more competent competitor to such vehicles as the Volkswagen Jetta and Honda Accord, although it remains to be seen if consumers will overlook the still somewhat dated design in favor of the tempting goodness simmering beneath the car's sheet metal.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a mid-size sedan with a lavish interior, a powerful V6 engine and a decidedly European driving attitude, the 2011 Chrysler 200 deserves a nice, long test drive.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those looking for a roomy rear seat may find more to like from cars like the Nissan Altima or even the larger Hyundai Sonata. The 200's base price may look appealing, but start to add on options and the price tag quickly pushes past the $25,000 mark.

What's Significant About This Car?

Chrysler needs to be a player in the crowded but lucrative mid-size sedan market and with no budget from which to build an all-new model, a major overhaul of its existing player was the company's best option. Although its Sebring roots can plainly be seen in the 200's profile, the new car excels over its predecessor in the areas of acceleration, handling, and interior fit and finish.

Driving the 200

Driving Impressions If the 2011 Chrysler 200 has a super sweet spot, it's in the way the car drives. Equipped with the new Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine, the 200 can rocket to...

highway speeds or pass slow moving traffic with utter confidence. Smooth, quiet and surprisingly fuel efficient, the V6 is a far better choice than the buzzy 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Chrysler spent a pretty penny revamping the 200's suspension and we can safely say it was money well spent. The car drives beautifully, attacks turns like a piranha let loose in a lobster tank and absorbs bumps without effort. Surprisingly, despite having its 283 horsepower directed through the front wheels, the 200 exhibited little sign of torque steer, even when launched hard from a dead stop. On long stretches of highway, the 200's steering wheel required little input to keep the car from veering off course; even roadway grooves and crowning pavement could deter the 200 from its intended path.

New Suspension
Where the old Sebring drove like softly sprung rental car, the 200's revised suspension and steering set up place it at the top of its category. It's an unexpected but welcome pleasure.

Garmin Navigation Radio
Chrysler's newest audio units feature mapping by industry leader Garmin. Not only is the system intuitively easy to operate, the large 6.5-inch screen makes it easy for older eyes to navigate the on-screen commands.

2011 Chrysler 200 Details
Interior

If ever there was a case of turning a sow's ear into a silk purse, it's the new 200's interior. Gone are any shades of gray, replaced by deep blacks, rich browns and muted beige tones. The new dash is covered in a single soft touch face, broken only by the hooded instrument cluster and the touch-screen entertainment center. Similarly, the door panels are covered in soft padding and feature layered overlapping panels to create an interior that looks custom made. Chrysler has added plenty of sound deadening material and the effort pays off, as we were easily able to hold a normal conversation at highway speeds, a definite plus for frequent Bluetooth users. About the only drawback we could find is the 200s smallish rear seat. With two six-foot drivers up front, there is almost no leg room in the rear, and the fixed rear head restraints are angled a bit too far forward for our comfort.

Exterior
2011 Chrysler 200 photo

Working from the old Sebring platform, Chrysler engineers resurfaced the 200 as best they could in a one year time frame, adding a new grille and head lamp treatment inspired by the 2011 Chrysler 300. Around back, slim wrap-around tail lamps flank an elongated winged badge and new bumper; there's also more chrome accents as well as larger and more stylish wheels. The 200 sits lower to the ground than the Sebring, giving it a more hunkered down look. Chrysler even took pains to conceal the car's underpinnings. The exhaust system, for example, is now concealed behind the rear bumper, a vast improvement over the Sebring's clearly visible bright silver setup that looked like an exposed fuel tank when viewed from behind.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The entry-level Chrysler 200 LX features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, a four-speed automatic transmission, power function for the windows, mirrors, locks and trunk lid release, heated side mirrors, 17-inch wheel covers, manual air conditioning, tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, driver's seat manual lumbar support and height adjustment, an AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible CD player, and an auxiliary audio input jack. Standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic traction and stability control, front seat side-impact airbags, and front and rear side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

After the LX, the three remaining trims are the Touring, Limited and S. Within these trims are such available features as a six-speed automatic transmission, fog lamps, a power sunroof, automatic on/off headlamps, automatic air conditioning, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver's seat, hard-drive based Garmin navigation radio, SIRIUS Satellite radio, a Boston Acoustic audio package, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, and a 3.6-liter V6 engine.

Under the Hood

Chrysler's 2.4-liter four-cylinder is not the most refined engine in its class, but with 173 horsepower on tap, it's not the weakest either. When paired with the six-speed transmission, this engine can move the 200 briskly and promises fuel economy near the top of its class. If you can shell up the extra cash, the new Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 is the engine to have. Smooth, efficient and impossibly potent, it turns the 200 from a sleeper to a keeper.

2.4-liter in-line 4
173 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
166 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/31

3.6-liter V6
283 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29

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2011 Chrysler 200 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 108 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Love it

By on Saturday, August 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"this car is a great hidden secret. I have a v6 sport it is a cross between my Honda accord v6 and my buick lesabre I owned. fast! and sporty like my accord and rides like my buick. Price was great! I choose it over a new buick. hidden American made car why don't they advertise it more! I have people ask me what it is all the time!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Worst car I've owned

By on Saturday, August 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "V6 rocks tons of power"

Cons: "Wheel pull with that power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"In the shop more than on the road, engine issues, transmission issues, basically this car is one big issue."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

A good car for a family on a budget

By on Friday, August 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good price, not bad on gas, solid, good radio"

Cons: "Manual AC controls"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have had this car for about 6 months now after purchasing it used. When sticker shopping and review shopping this car came back with a lower than average price for a much better than average combined review. The first thing I noticed when driving the car was how solid it feels with a CURB WEIGHT of 3402 lbs and the 173 HP engine. For a family car it gets up to speed well when called for and is not bad on miles per gallon. If I had it to do over, I would buy this car again. We are very happy with it."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Classy vehicle with brand new tires! Extras galore

By on Sunday, July 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Plush, loaded interior. Great price!"

Cons: "No back up cameras"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this car. My family now has one extra car now that our daughter has moved to Hawaii and this is the one we are parting with. I was drawn to the 200S (6cyl) for the price. I was blown away when I sat in this car in the dealer's showroom! The 200S has tons of features (navigation, leather, etc) for thousands less than other luxury sedans. The interior looked like something from a BMW or Lexus, compared to the cheap interiors of other major brands. The car is very comfortable on long and short trips and is super fun to drive. Gas mileage is amazing and we have never experienced any mechanical issues with the car."

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

sharp solid car!

By on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Best car I have ever owned. Almost 20,000 miles and it is perfect. Its the perfect car for road trips."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love my 200

By on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great price, plenty of power with 6 cyl, smooth"

Cons: "Factory tires"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Once I replaced the factory tires, this car is awesome. I have the 6 cyl Pentastar engine. PLENTY of power. Love the looks. Comfortable. My favorite car I've owned in the past 20 years. Only been in the shop 1 time for vibration issues... which turned out to be factory Goodyear LS2 tires. Replaced with Yokohama Avid Ascend. Now drives great!!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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