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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 119 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Good vehicle that blends in well

By on Friday, October 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Nice features and 0% interest"

Cons: "Trade -in value, torque steer"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"This is a good vehicle that has many features of most luxury cars. Accelerates pretty good with the V6 but has a pretty bad case of torque steer. Quality has been pretty good without many trips to the dealer. Not a good value as the trade in after two years is less the 40 % of the sticker price. 0 % interest was nice. Should have gone with used infiniti G37 awd coupe"

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I don't like this car.

By on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "No I would not recommend to no one"

Cons: "Poor"

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

"My passenger side door panel (inside) is falling apart and no one sits there I am the only person that uses this car and the interior was sewed very poorly. Very unhappy with my car. I have taken it to the dealership where I bought it brand new and they have not been able to fix it. Very disappointed with Chrysler!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Bought for my wife. She loves it.

By on Friday, October 10, 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
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "priced properly, good on gas, top up and down: ok"

Cons: "not a performance car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Nice car for my wife. Trouble free and pretty good on gas. My impression is that it is fine but boring. Handling is not performance oriented but so what. It does not give me a feeling of real quality but I can't tell you why...it just doesn't. It lacks memory seats but I like the Nav system as you can use it underway. All in all , I think it is a good value for the money and that Chrysler has come a long way since the Seabring."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great car, ALthough Electronics look outdated

By on Thursday, October 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,016

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "Could have more elaberate Electronics"

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

"Car is a fantastic value for the price, power,comfort,luxurious,smooth ride and great sound system. I have the S model so its got a few extras such as the LED daytime Running lights and the integrated dual exhaust in the fascia making it look much better then the standard dual exhaust (Tougher) looks more muscle car ish :) I would recommend the V-6 over the 4 banger since the mileage is not much difference but the power is!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Lemon Transmission and Computer Problems

By on Thursday, September 25, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Bad Transmission - Lemon

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "When it worked it was fun to drive"

Cons: "Transmission, security system, MPG"

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

"Had Transmission problems since day one. In shop 8+ times with no solution. Slamming into gears, reving and jumping around gears while in cruise on flat roads. No fixes from dealer or Chrysler. Twice in the six months we owned this car it left us stranded and needing a tow because the security system shut the car down. Would not buy this model again."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Nice Ride

By on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Smooth ride, lots of features"

Cons: "too many blind spots in windows, squeeky breaks"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I really like my 2013 Chrysler 200 for the most part. I have had squeaky brakes pretty much from the time I got the car and was told this was normal, but it is loud and does it all the time. I brought it in hoping my warranty would cover the cost but it didn't. Besides the breaks the only other complaint is the back windows are difficult to see when backing up, too many blind spots. Overall has been a good car."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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