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2012 Chrysler 200

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2012 Chrysler 200 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.1

Based solely on experience with the previous Sebring, it would be easy to dismiss the "Imported from Detroit" optimism of Chrysler's advertising for the 200 as mere bravado. But at a glance, and from behind the wheel, the optimism, hard work and pride touted in the TV ads are more than apparent in the 200 Convertible. And unlike the two other 4-seat convertibles from the Motor City (Mustang and Camaro), the 200 stands alone in refinement while proving surprisingly enjoyable as a driver's car, and more accommodating of passengers and their luggage.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you covet a nicely detailed mid-size 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 want a more performance-oriented 4-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 ponycars.

What's New for 2012

Forget everything you ever knew about the last Sebring you rented. The 200, while still based on the same basic car, received a magical transformation in 2011. An all-new premium interior, upgraded powertrains and a delightfully refined suspension erased nearly every shortcoming of the old car, then wrapped the new goods in sharp styling.

Driving the 200

Driving Impressions The new 2011 Chrysler 200's reengineered, wider-track and slightly lowered suspension offer 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 4-cylinder and near-exhilarating with the smooth, powerful and quiet Pentastar V6, which offers a surprise bonus of better city fuel economy. Steering is precise and responsive, brakes are sure and strong, and upgraded chassis and tires provide a smooth ride on most surfaces yet grip well through both tight and faster corners. Thanks to additional insulation and an acoustic laminated windshield, the 200 provides a surprisingly quiet cabin even with the standard soft top.

Choice of Tops
We love the availability of two fully automatic retractable tops: Standard (black or beige) cloth or optional body-color steel, both of which raise and lower with the press of a button on the console or remote key fob.

Pentastar V6
This highly refined, versatile and fairly fuel-efficient new engine will soon replace all seven old Chrysler V6s across the line. Teamed with the smooth 6-speed automatic, it's a world-class powertrain.

2012 Chrysler 200 Details
Interior

The outgoing Sebring's seemingly weatherproof interior has given way to a proper premium cabin, with soft-touch materials, generous chrome and metallic accents and layered trim where once were gaps. Standard refinements include leather wrapping of the tilt/telescoping steering wheel (with audio controls) and shift knob, a central analog clock, and elegant instruments with LED lighting. Seats are more comfortable, finely tailored and include 6-way power adjustment, as well as adjustable lumbar support for the driver. Acoustic laminated windshield glass and LED ambient lighting add to the premium ambiance.

Exterior

While you might still see a hint of Sebring if you squint at the 200, you might just as well detect a hint of Chrysler's flagship 300. The wavy grille and LED "light pipes" in the headlights project an aggressive new face, while LED taillights wrap around the sides. Added chrome, from the chrome crossbar spanning the trunk that all cars seem to have today, and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels add just enough swagger. This is the only convertible on the market that offers the choice of fabric and steel power tops, both with remote operation.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The entry-level 200 Touring is well above basic, with automatic headlights, foglights, keyless entry with power top and window control, automatic temperature control, and 6-speaker CD/MP3 audio with an auxiliary jack and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Standard safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic traction and stability control, and front-seat head/thorax side-impact airbags. A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and 6-speed automatic transmission are standard, along with 17-inch alloy wheels, and power operation of the windows, mirrors, locks and soft top. The 200 Touring includes a hard tonneau cover but is the only model that does not offer the steel drop-top option.

Optional Equipment

Above the Touring are the Limited and 200 S, all of which include as standard equipment the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, leather seating, heated front seats, 18-inch wheels, touch-screen audio system with a hard drive (though navigation is optional), iPod connector, remote start and Chrysler's UConnect hands-free phone setup. The 200 S upgrades the Limited features with Boston Acoustics audio and sportier trim inside and out, including suede seating inserts. The only major options are navigation and the power retractable hardtop, neither of which is available on the 200 Touring.

Under the Hood

The 200 Convertible Touring's standard engine is Chrysler's 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve VVT "World Gas" 4-cylinder, while Limited and 200 S models feature Chrysler's newest 283-horsepower DOHC 24-valve VVT 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with Flex Fuel capability. Both are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It's worth noting that the V6 is the more fuel-efficient choice, at least in the EPA city cycle.

2.4-liter in-line-4
173 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
166 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/29

3.6-liter V6
283 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29 (gasoline), 14/21 (E85)

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2012 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 13 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."

9 people out of 16 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."

6 people out of 9 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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