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 Ronnie on Saturday, November 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "I love the quality of the interior."
Cons: "The engine is too powerful for FWD."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is a wonderful car overall. My only complaints are the following: The engine is too powerful for FWD. This car should be AWD only. Secondly, fuel economy is a little too low. This car could benefit from a start/stop system to help stop the fuel wasting. I have been averaging 22 mpg. I love the quality of the interior. The ride is compliant and the car is very quiet inside."
5 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By jimshearer on Friday, October 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,100overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This car has everything I need, remote start and navigation to name a few important to me. Very comfortable on longer drives."
10 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By Should have gone with infiniti on Friday, October 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
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"
3 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By connie on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "No I would not recommend to no one"
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!"
6 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By BluewaterBill on Friday, October 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
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."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Rob on Thursday, October 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,016overall rating 10 of 10rating details
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 2 found this review helpful