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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 150 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

looks good and powerful

By on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks size of trunk and easy to use top. Great gps"

Cons: "none"

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

"This car looks great. Kicks butt with 280 H.P. Easy up and down top with remote. Huge trunk even with top down. This our third Chrysler conv. and all have been good but this 1 is exceptional.No issues in three yrs."

A great car for the price.

By on Monday, October 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great on gas milage as I get about 34 miles pre ga"

Cons: "A little noisie"

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

"Now have almost 70,000 miles on my 2012 and have not spent a dime on repairs. It's been a very reliable car and would purchase this car again, and probably will."

18 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Good in its price range.

By on Monday, September 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"One complaint is the stuttering transmission when I am slowing down. I also think the v6 sounds like it is racing when I accelerate. The back seat legroom is not good. I'll buy a larger car next time."

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Not a bad car

By on Thursday, September 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "cheap up keep. No problems. Reliable"

Cons: "4 cylinder engine is awful! Tranny computer shaky"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This is a pretty good car for the money. It's kind of an "old mans" car (and I'm 63!). The 4 cylinder engine is a pig from a standing start. Hit the gas and it looks back at you and says "wha?" I would imagine the 6 cylinder is better. Overall though, not a bad car. Would I buy another one? No. I want a Challenger!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great car!

By on Saturday, August 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,309

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

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

"This car, for the price, is awesome! It has a smooth ride, clean interior with 8 air bags for safety. Named number 1 in safety for 2013! Drives like a dream, looks like a luxury car but insurance says otherwise! Love it!"

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Nice, cute, great trunk

By on Saturday, August 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "roomy,nice looking"

Cons: "squeaky brakes, weak antenna"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Gas mileage not as good as promised, and I'm not heavy footed. Comfortable seats, door opening very low, I have to bend my neck to get in car; I'm 5ft-5inches tall. brakes squeal and that's coming from the pre-owned certified dealer. Head lights on regular beam shine low with dark space above. Great fold-down seats, great trunk, nice exterior look, nice console/dash area, like the real clock on dash, speakers not great they are very weak and antenna has weak reception. My older truck had better antenna & better reception. Overall cute vehicle with OK gas mileage, comfortable once your in it. "Just be ready to duck!""

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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