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2013 Chrysler 200

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2013 Chrysler 200 Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2013

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 the 200

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.

TAUT SUSPENSION
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.

2013 Chrysler 200 Details
Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

2.4-liter inline-4
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)

3.6-liter
283 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29 mpg

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2013 Chrysler 200 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 112 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Style and Performance

By on Monday, September 15, 2014

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looks great; awesome audio; fun to drive"

Cons: "Lacks leg and knee room for the driver."

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

Roomy trunk!

"My 200 Touring has exceeded my expectations. Stylish interior and exterior with an impressive chassis that is tight. The 2.4 in line 4 cyl lacks raw hp but the 6 sp transmission makes up for it. An affordable luxury car that has all the techie bells and whistles"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Roomy trunk!

Very reliable

By on Monday, September 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,150

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great value; very reliable; looks great"

Cons: "mileage could be better"

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

"Purchased as a certified pre-owned vehicle. In 2 years just had to do routine maintenance. Very satisfied with the car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I love my Chrysler 200 BUT......

By on Saturday, September 13, 2014

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

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Somewhat of a luxary car without the price."

Cons: "So many mechnical problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I bought the car new, and really love this car. I feel I got luxury without the price. Unfortunately, I have had several issues with the car since I bought it. Oil leak at approximately 10,000 miles, radiator replacement due to the system "gunking up" (I lost heat) at about 22,000 miles and now it is blowing fumes inside the car if the air or fan is on when you first start the car. Yep, a face full of fumes. Chrysler has been very good with me and actually gave me an extended warranty for free, but im just tired of the issues and having to drop it off for repair so frequently. The breaks/rotors don't seem to last either. I do drive a lot but, I do know of another person that owned the same year as I, and she had break issues too. Sadly, I'm probably going to trade it in soon."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Not the best I've owned, but very good.

By on Friday, September 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good value, enjoyable to drive, smooth, quiet"

Cons: "3 repairs in 60K miles, covered by warrantee"

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

"I've owned the car for three years so far, and it's been pretty good. It's very comfortable for a tall guy like me (6'2") and it practically drives itself. There is very little wind noise or road noise. I drive mostly highway miles, but I tend to accelerate pretty hard... and I average about 27 MPG (measured using the odometer, a calculator, and the amount of fuel added at each fill-up... because the trip computer is not very accurate at estimating fuel economy). The 2.4L four cylinder engine has plenty of power for the car. There is no need for the more expensive six cylinder engine. The transmission is quirky. Every Chrysler vehicle I've ever owned had something odd about the transmission (they usually make sounds that other manufacturers' transmissions don't... and this one is no exception). This one shifts strangely. It does a great job accelerating from a dead stop, but it's unpredictable when accelerating from a cruising speed of 50+ MPH. There is often a long delay before it downshifts... and sometimes it downshifts to a lower gear than needed, based on how hard I pressed on the accelerator pedal. But I've learned to compensate by pressing the pedal a little early. But... I like Chrysler products. The only one I owned which didn't make it to at least 250,000 miles was totalled at 90,000 by a rear end collision. I was stopped, and the other driver was going 50-55MPH and never bothered to step on the brake. So... the reason it's not the best I've owned is about repairs: At about 20,000 miles, the front suspension started to make a clunking noise sometimes when running over small bumps. The dealership replaced the rack and pinion steering unit under warrantee, and that solved the problem... for a while. The noise came back around 45,000 miles. It's not a terrible sounding noise, but I've since learned that other owners have the same problem... and the solution is to replace the inner tie rod ends (not the whole rack and pinion). I haven't bothered to do anything about it yet. I bought the unlimited mileage, unlimited time, factory bumper-to-bumper warrantee with a $50 deductible... and this problem should be covered. I just haven't remembered to mention it to the dealer when I'm having the oil changed. I can't mention any dealership names, so the following is very generic. About the oil changes, the Chrysler dealerships in my area sell maintenance plans with four oil changes for $80 (with no disposal fees, shop fees, or any other nonsense fees added). I can't beat that deal, so I buy them and have the oil changed at the dealership. The service dept. at my local Chrysler dealership is very good. I've been using the same dealership for service since 1993. I prefer a different Chrysler dealership for the purchase experience, but the one nearest me has the best service in my area. About the warrantee... I'm the type of person who keeps a car until the cost of a repair (parts only) is more than the value of the car. I usually do all my own work on a car, so my cost of repairs is usually just for parts. But this warrantee was a good price for what it offers, and it covers everything except belts, hoses, tires, and brake pads. The only limitation is that when a single covered repair costs more than the NADA Retail value (the highest value of any book)... they will write me a check for the NADA Retail value and my warrantee is over. The fact that they gave me 24 months to pay for the warrantee (zero interest), and I was able to buy the warrantee after the original 3/36 warrantee expired (you can get the extended warrantee up to 48,000 miles) really sealed the deal. The airbag light came on around 60,000 miles. It was time for an oil change anyway, so I took it to the dealer. My car was covered under the head restraint recall, and they replaced the control module for free. I didn't even have to pay the $50 deductible. The same module controls the air bags and the active head restraints. They also gave me a free rental car because they had to order the part. The free rental is part of my unlimited warrantee. The rental didn't cost me a dime and neither did the repair. Can't complain about that. So, overall... it's a good car. But, it does have more problems than I've had with previous Chrysler vehicles at this mileage. The best Chrysler I ever owned never needed a repair (not even a light bulb) before 200,000 miles. Well... it did need a battery once. But the outstanding extended factory warrantee direct from Chrysler makes up for this in spades. I'm going to drive this car for a long, long time... and I'll never need to work on it myself. When it finally needs a big repair, like a transmission or engine rebuild... they'll write me a check!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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 4 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."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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