2015 Chrysler 200 Expert Review
By Trevor Dorchies
What's New for 2015
In the midsize sedan segment lurk industry-leading stalwarts like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima, but the 2015 Chrysler 200 is no longer a 2nd-class citizen. In fact, it's not even remotely mistakable for the 1st-generation 200 model it's replacing. Gone are the days where you can get a 200 convertible, but it was the last (and only) holdout from the midsize segment to let go. The front-wheel-drive 200 offers a choice of two engines – a 4-cylinder for fuel-economy and a V6 for fun. The new 9-speed automatic transmission contributes to a smooth ride and respectable fuel figures as well. All-wheel drive is available on 200S and 200C models.
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One of the more attractive interiors in the segment at an affordable price is tough to overlook. A refined 4-cylinder engine offers respectable fuel economy due in part to the new 9-speed automatic transmission. If it's power you seek, the Pentastar V6 serves up 295 horsepower.
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The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine surrenders power in the name of fuel economy, and if you want added tech features like navigation, HD radio and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen, that'll be an additional $1,395.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan is all-new and brings a more refined interior and new sheet metal crinkles. Other notable features include Lane Departure Warning Plus, Advanced Brake Assist and Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, all of which are optional.
Driving the 200
The 200C in front-wheel-drive configuration with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine feels a little underwhelming, with power taking its time to show up. This is quickly rectified by going with the...
... 3.6-liter V6. Acceleration is plentiful and the 200 sedan has no trouble getting on the highway. The 9-speed automatic transmission works harmoniously with both engines and even features a Sport mode. On the open highway, road and engine noise are kept to a minimum, due in part to acoustic treatment of the wheel wells and the optional availability of an acoustic windshield and front windows. A new carpet lining the floor also helps keep external noise down.
A space once reserved for the Subaru Legacy, the 2015 Chrysler 200 now joins the Subaru as the only other vehicle in the segment to offer all-wheel drive.
Starting with a clean slate, Chrysler 200 designers were able to redo the interior completely. Chrysler wanted to use furniture-grade materials in the new sedan, which can be seen in features like the real wood with an exposed edge on the dashboard.
2015 Chrysler 200 Details
As we just touched on above, the Chrysler 200's new interior is now one of the nicest in the midsize-sedan class thanks to an all-out redesign. Available power-adjustable seats and leather-trimmed seats set the pace for a comfortable cabin. Interior accents like real wood with an exposed edge stretching across the dashboard give the new 200 a refined feel on the inside.
Boasting a coupe-like profile, the 200 sedan's sleek lines guide your eyes from the front to the back of the 4-door. Up front, the new Chrysler badge appears to be floating in the grille and is bookended by projector-beam headlights. Aiming for a "timeless, exciting" look, the company is using this fresh design as a template for the face of future Chrysler products.
Multistage airbags, Uconnect infotainment with a USB port, keyless entry and start (no need to ever take the key out of your pocket or purse), stability and traction control, antilock brakes, Brake Assist, an electronic parking brake, and cruise control are just a few notable standard features.
Customer Preferred Package 26N will set you back $1,295 on the Chrysler 200, but brings features like Advanced Brake Assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Park Assist along with it. The other optional package we recommend springing for is Navigation and Sound Group 1 ($1,395). This includes features like navigation, HD radio, and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen.
Under the Hood
If it's fuel efficiency you're after in your 200 sedan, then we recommend going with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine – while it's a little short on power, it makes up for that in mpgs. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, on the other hand, serves up power much quicker, but fuel economy does suffer a tad. No matter which engine you decide to go with though, a new 9-speed automatic transmission rows through the gears allowing for highway fuel economy to stretch out.
184 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
173 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/36 mpg
295 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
262 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/32 mpg (front-wheel drive), 18/29 (all-wheel drive)
For a base 2015 Chrysler 200 LX, you're looking at spending around $22,700, which includes a $995 destination fee. On the other end of the spectrum, a fully-loaded 200C can set you back $34,675, but this includes optional all-wheel drive and both the optional Customer Preferred Package 26N ($1,295) and Navigation and Sound Group 1 ($1,395). When looking at the competition, the 2015 200's starting price is within a couple hundred dollars of the Honda Accord sedan and Toyota Camry. Check out KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to get a better idea of what folks in your area are paying for their 2015 Chrysler 200s.
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