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2011 Chrysler 200

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2011 Chrysler 200 Review

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TV watchers have seen the impressive new Chrysler 200 ad with the tagline, "Imported from Detroit." It touts Michigan's motor city as a place where proud, hard-working people design and build excellent automobiles, and the new 2011 Chrysler 200 - an extensively retouched and re-engineered Sebring - as one of their best. And, if we hadn't examined and aggressively test-driven it ourselves, we might be skeptical. The unrefined mid-size Sebring was hardly one of Chrysler's finest, but this new 200 is indeed a huge improvement...perhaps not a new leader in the cutthroat-competitive mid-size segment but fully competitive and worthy of consideration.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you covet a mid-sized all-American convertible that can comfortably seat four adults with usable room in the trunk, even when the power top is dropped, this is your car.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you would prefer a more aggressive, more performance-oriented four-seat convertible and don't need the 200's rear-seat and cargo room advantage, check out Ford's Mustang and Chevrolet's Camaro ragtop pony cars.

What's Significant About This Car?

Not only is this new 200's interior all new and its powertrains new or upgraded – thereby erasing the Sebring's most serious shortcomings – so are most of its structure and suspension. And its refreshed exterior is appealing enough to bring it up to competitive standards.

Driving the 200

Driving Impressions The new 2011 Chrysler 200's re-engineered, retuned, wider-track and slightly lowered suspension offers more than just a more athletic stance. In a day of hard driving on a variety...

of challenging roads, we were seriously impressed. Performance is adequate with the standard four-cylinder and near-exhilarating with the smooth, powerful and noticeably quiet new Pentastar V-6. The steering is precise and responsive, the brakes are sure and strong, and the stiffer chassis and wider, upgraded tires provide a smooth ride on most surfaces yet hold on hard through both tight and faster corners. An unexpected bonus: Even the standard soft top provides a surprisingly quiet cabin thanks to thick padding and the new 200's extensive noise-isolating and sound-deadening measures, including an acoustic windshield and laminated side glass.

Choice of Tops
We love the availability of two automatically latching retractable tops: Standard (black or beige) cloth or optional body-color steel, both of which retract with the press of a button on the console or key fob.

Pentastar V6
This highly refined, versatile and fairly fuel-efficient new engine will soon replace all seven old Chrysler V6s to power 13 new Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Jeep vehicles.

2011 Chrysler 200 Details
2011 Chrysler 200 photo Interior

Inside, the soft-touch cabin is worlds better than the outgoing Sebring's budget interior, beginning with its new, sculpted one-piece instrument panel, large chrome-ringed instruments and central signature clock. A new leather-wrapped steering wheel on a tilt/telescoping column serves up handy controls for cruise, audio and phone. The larger center console has illuminated cupholders, the door trim panels are elegant and understated, and the seats are redesigned with new cloth or available leather, cushier cushions and a revised spring system for better support and comfort.

Exterior
2011 Chrysler 200 photo

The 2011 200's fresh look begins with a new winged badge over a Chrysler 300-like wavy horizontal-bar grille flanked by projector headlamps wrapping around the front fenders. LED light pipes inside clear headlamp covers are a modern high-tech touch, and the LED theme is continued around back in the taillamps, which are visually connected by a chrome light bar.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The well-equipped 200 Touring has a six-way power front seats, automatic headlamps, remote keyless entry, power heated mirrors, automatic temperature control, CD/MP3 audio with SIRIUS Satellite Radio and cabin-air filtration. The Limited adds Pentastar V6 power, remote start, leather heated seats, a touch-screen media center with HDD/CD/DVD/MP3 audio and USB port, UConnect hands-free phone capability, express up/down windows, projector fog lamps and premium tires on 18-inch aluminum wheels. The S boasts a sport-tuned suspension, unique aluminum wheels, two-tone leather-covered steering wheel and Boston Acoustics speakers. Standard safety features include front and front-seat-mounted side airbags, electronic stability control (ESC) with brake assist and traction control and four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS).

Optional Equipment

The two most important options for the 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible are the PentaStar V6 engine and the retractable hard top.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible's standard engine is Chrysler's 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve VVT "World Gas" four-cylinder, while Chrysler's all-new 283-hp DOHC 16-valve VVT Flex- Fuel 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is the option. Both drive through six-speed automatic transmissions. And it's interesting to note that the new V6 is somewhat more fuel efficient, at least in EPA testing.

2.4-liter in-line 4
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
166 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/29

3.6-liter V6
283 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29 (gas), 14/21 (E85)

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2011 Chrysler 200 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 138 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Nothing but problems

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"My car has been in the shop over 5 times in the past years. Engine problems, belts braking more than once.. Not happy with car. Would not recommend."

4 people out of 12 found this review helpful

This car has been very reliable.

By on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Dependable, good gas mileage."

Cons: "Some road noise but not bad. Tire dependant."

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

"The gas mileage is very good for this vehicle. Comfortable. For the price range this Is a very good vehicle."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great car, under rated,

By on Saturday, April 04, 2015

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
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "looks, performance, mpg, reliability."

Cons: "Transmission is a bit jumpy in auto mode."

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

"Bought this car new in 2012. styling and performance is very good for this price range in a car. The limited "S" is a GREAT value. Have put 28,000 miles on it and have had no problems, regular maintenance has been the only cost. The wheels are some of the best looking ones out there. This is a pretty quick car and in sport mode, it just goes."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Fun - lots of power - comfortable - good looking -

By on Saturday, April 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,200

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Review above."

Cons: "Review above."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Noisy back brakes when braking in reverse, water leaks on both driver and passenger when opening door on rainy days, front windows rattle, no room in back seat, and sometimes get antifreeze smell."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Fun car with sketchy reliability

By on Monday, March 02, 2015

I owned and sold this car

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, comfortable, good MPG"

Cons: "reliability, cargo space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Bought the 200 Limited brand new. Came equipped with the UConnect 40 GB HD radio and a sunroof. Consistently achieved 30 MPG highway. It was extremely comfortable for both front and rear passengers. However, it had the same trunk size as a compact Ford Focus. It also had little annoyances. The onboard Hard Drive would randomly delete files. The UConnect bluetooth sometimes wouldn't play in sync (it was like talking on a tape delay). The speedometer would stick. Then, once the factory warranty expired, the heater core failed. $1100 fix. Not covered. After research, I've found this to be fairly common in 1st gen. 200s, but they are usually found and fixed before 36K miles. I wasn't so lucky."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Best car we've ever owned, excellent value!

By on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,600

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value, quality and fun to drive."

Cons: "Wish they came with a back-up camera in that year."

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

"Great value, the ride, style and interior quality put the rest to shame almost when you compare what you get for the money. Best vehicle purchase ever by far."

16 people out of 30 found this review helpful

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