By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 5.6
To the trained eye, the Chrysler 200 is a cleverly remade version of the company's former mid-size sedan, the Sebring. But look closer and you'll see so much more than just a modest facelift. The 200's suspension has been thoroughly overhauled, giving it impressive handling characteristics that feel better than those of the Accord or Camry. Its engine and transmission choices are also relatively new, and its interior looks as elegant as any Audi or Acura sedan. If Chrysler's 200 falls short, it's in the areas of fuel economy, rear-seat comfort and trunk space, where such as the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima and Toyota Camry are superior to the 200. However, unlike its competition, the 200 can be had in convertible form with the convenience of a retractable hard top.
If a powerful V6 engine, European-inspired ride and handling and a lavish interior are at the top of your mid-size sedan shopping list, the 2013 Chrysler 200 is tailor-made for you. The 200 Convertible offers seating for four and the only retractable hardtop in this price segment.
Although its entry-level price starts around $20,000, once you start to add options, pricing for the 2013 Chrysler 200 can quickly climb. If you're looking for class-leading fuel economy or a state-of-the-art 4-cylinder engine, the 200 isn't the best choice.
The 2013 Chrysler 200 receives only modest changes, with the popular S trim remade as a package for the Touring and Limited trims. A new 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty backs the 200, and the convertible gets an upgraded suspension for a more engaging driving experience.
Driving Impressions From the point of view of a driving enthusiast, the 2013 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan might be the biggest surprise of the year. Its 3.6-liter V6 has impressive power reserves...that allow the 200 to rocket from zero to 60 mph in just over six seconds, and to merge and pass with supreme confidence. And, despite its front-drive platform, we detected only minimal torque steer, even when launched hard from a standing stop. The 200's suspension provides a smooth and controlled ride, yet manages to keep the 200 relatively level in even the sharpest hairpin turns. Smooth, quiet and surprisingly fuel-efficient, the V6 is a far better choice than the buzzy 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. On long stretches of highway, the 200's steering required little input to keep the car on course, and uneven or grooved pavement did not upset its manners. With the available retractable hardtop in place, the 200 convertible is nearly as quiet inside as the sedan.
The old Sebring drove like a softly-sprung rental car, but the 2013 Chrysler 200's revamped suspension and steering 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 simple to operate, the large 6.5-inch screen makes it easy for older eyes to navigate the on-screen commands.
Goodbye, sow's ear; hello, silk purse. Deep blacks, rich browns and warm tans replace the old Chrysler interior palate of hard plastic finishes and dowdy colors. Sweeping, richly-textured, soft-touch surfaces display fewer seams but more chrome and metallic trim, elevating the 2013 Chrysler 200's cabin to Business Class if not First. Layered trim replaces unsightly gaps, and instrumentation combines modern function with classic style. Both cloth and leather seats are well-tailored, but rear legroom is tight if the front seats are adjusted for six-footers. A driver's lumbar adjuster and split-folding rear seatbacks are standard on every model. Noise insulation is admirable, which is great for Bluetooth users.Exterior
The 2013 Chrysler 200, as its name implies, looks more like a Chrysler 300 in training than an entry-level mid-size sedan. LED-accented headlights flank the new corporate grille. Chrome details are generous but tasteful, and 17- and 18-inch wheels add to its premium presence. The 200 sits lower than the Sebring, for a more aggressive stance, and Chrysler even took pains to conceal the more unsightly underpinnings visible on the old Sebring. The overall effect is a car that went to finishing school rather than being rushed to market.
The entry-level Chrysler 200 LX for 2013 features a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, a 4-speed automatic transmission, power windows, mirrors and locks, keyless entry, remote trunk release, heated side mirrors, 17-inch wheel covers, air conditioning with filtration, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, driver's-seat manual lumbar support and height adjustment, and an AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player and an auxiliary audio input jack. Instruments feature LED lighting, an outside temperature display and an analog clock. Standard safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic traction and stability control, front-seat side-impact airbags, and front and rear side-curtain airbags.
Above the 200 LX, the two up-level trims are the Touring and Limited, each of which can be equipped with the new S trim package that includes 18-inch wheels, black-finish grille and blackout surrounds. Standard on the Touring and Limited is a 6-speed automatic transmission, aluminum-alloy wheels, automatic on/off headlights, 8-way power driver's seat and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The luxury-oriented Limited adds a V6 engine, leather, heated front seats, 17-inch wheels, touch-screen audio system with a hard drive (though navigation is optional on all but the LX), foglights, Boston Acoustic audio, remote start and Chrysler's UConnect hands-free phone setup.
Chrysler's 2.4-liter 4-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 6-speed transmission, this engine can move the 2013 Chrysler 200 briskly and promises fuel economy near the top of its class. For an extra $1,750, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is the engine to have. Smooth, potent and nearly as efficient, it turns the 200 from a sleeper to a keeper.
173 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
166 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 mpg (4-speed automatic), 20/31 mpg (6-speed automatic), 18/27 mpg (convertible)
283 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29 mpg
By ehhh... on Monday, March 02, 2015
I owned and sold this caroverall rating 7 of 10rating details
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."
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Vote for Pedro on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,600overall rating 10 of 10rating details
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 29 found this review helpful
By James on Wednesday, December 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive and great road responsiveness!"
Cons: "Very cheaply made!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"It seemed like a good purchase at the time. Now, after 18 months of driving and 34000 miles odd things are happening. Like driving down the freeway and the front lower air shield (under the engine) decides to fly off and wrap over the wheels. When I went to the dealer to talk about it they accused me of hitting an object in the road to cause it to come off. Other silly small things like the trim inside the vehicle simply falls off for no apparent reason. Over all the car is very nice to look at, unfortunately it is very cheaply made. No sturdiness to body panels or front/rear bumper and grill assemblies. As far as the drive, it has great power and is very fun to drive. A drawback is that when you step on the gas to accelerate rapidly the car jerks to the right then then continues to pull to the right until you slow the rate of acceleration. The dealer said this is expected behavior... not acceptable."
13 people out of 22 found this review helpful
By Carol68 on Monday, December 29, 2014
I don't own this caroverall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I recently rented a 2013 Chrysler 200 with the 4 cylinder engine and 4 speed automatic trans (they quit using the 4 speed trans in 2014). When they said I was getting a Chrysler I was not to pleased, but quickly changed my attitude! While driving this car over 2000 miles on a road trip, It drove very smooth and quiet and handled great, even in snow. The interior is very attractive and I love that the bigger than average, heated side mirrors come standard. They looked tinted at night (although I have not found anything saying they come with this feature) they really do look tinted after dark. I currently have a Sonata and have driven my son's a Fusion a few times but I would not hesitate to buy the Chrysler 200. Although the 4 cylinder only offered 29 miles to the gallon on the interstate (which is what I get with my 6 cylinder Sonata) it was up for the job offering plenty of get up and go. If I purchased one I would look for the 6 cylinder model though. This is a great sedan that can be picked up at a very good price!"
9 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By OZ on Monday, December 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very Good Performance, good gas mileage"
Cons: "No real updates to the myGiG infotainment center"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Love everything about the car, my biggest complaint involves updates to the MyGig system. Impossible to update the grace notes and very expensive to update the GPS maps. It is an expensive option, they could do better with it"
16 people out of 28 found this review helpful
By lawn on Saturday, November 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fast, fun to drive, safe."
Cons: "I want 2 of them."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car for my wife when she was away for work. I bought the "S" model with the Pentastar V6. It has everything you could want, and looks beautiful. I have had no problems with this car at all. You can't even compare a Camry or Accord to this car. A Lincoln MKZ is a better comparison. I would highly recommend getting the V6 and 6-speed transmission. The 4-cyclinder is a good engine and a joint venture with Hyundai, but for the little extra you can get a Wards-10 Best engine. We have the NAV system, sunroof, black-pocket wheels, heated mirrors, Satellite radio. I couldn't ask for more. The only other car we liked this much was a Pontiac Bonneville, which had similar options. GM quit making those, and I am not into Buicks or Chevrolets right now. It is a great car for the money in my opinion."
5 people out of 12 found this review helpful