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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 108 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

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!"

1 person out of 2 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."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

A good car for a family on a budget

By on Friday, August 15, 2014

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

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good price, not bad on gas, solid, good radio"

Cons: "Manual AC controls"

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

"We have had this car for about 6 months now after purchasing it used. When sticker shopping and review shopping this car came back with a lower than average price for a much better than average combined review. The first thing I noticed when driving the car was how solid it feels with a CURB WEIGHT of 3402 lbs and the 173 HP engine. For a family car it gets up to speed well when called for and is not bad on miles per gallon. If I had it to do over, I would buy this car again. We are very happy with it."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Classy vehicle with brand new tires! Extras galore

By on Sunday, July 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Plush, loaded interior. Great price!"

Cons: "No back up cameras"

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

"I love this car. My family now has one extra car now that our daughter has moved to Hawaii and this is the one we are parting with. I was drawn to the 200S (6cyl) for the price. I was blown away when I sat in this car in the dealer's showroom! The 200S has tons of features (navigation, leather, etc) for thousands less than other luxury sedans. The interior looked like something from a BMW or Lexus, compared to the cheap interiors of other major brands. The car is very comfortable on long and short trips and is super fun to drive. Gas mileage is amazing and we have never experienced any mechanical issues with the car."

13 people out of 21 found this review helpful

sharp solid car!

By on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

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

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

"Best car I have ever owned. Almost 20,000 miles and it is perfect. Its the perfect car for road trips."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Love my 200

By on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price, plenty of power with 6 cyl, smooth"

Cons: "Factory tires"

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

"Once I replaced the factory tires, this car is awesome. I have the 6 cyl Pentastar engine. PLENTY of power. Love the looks. Comfortable. My favorite car I've owned in the past 20 years. Only been in the shop 1 time for vibration issues... which turned out to be factory Goodyear LS2 tires. Replaced with Yokohama Avid Ascend. Now drives great!!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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