By Trevor Dorchies
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.
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.
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 Impressions 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.
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.Exterior
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.
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.
By Magnum-Madman on Sunday, January 11, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"This auto almost makes it, almost, there are just too many quirks for me but I'll not knock it as it comes oh so close to being good. Mine is for sale $28K with 3.5K miles."
3 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By royalflush68 on Monday, November 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Powerful V6, amenities, comfort, ride, quietness"
Cons: "Trunk hinges are obtrusive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Highly recommend looking at the 200 if cross-shopping with the "everyone's got one" Accord, Camry, Fusion, Altima. Mine is the 200S AWD V6. I don't think I would have considered this vehicle without the V6 because it makes all the difference in the driving enjoyment of this car. I also wanted AWD, so the V6 and AWD make this a perfect combination. The only other alternative in this class is the Subaru Legacy, since it also is available with AWD and V6. Fusion has AWD, but is a turbo 4 and requires premium fuel. The Legacy is all new along with the 200, but the looks and overall appeal of the 200 is far and away better than the Legacy. The Legacy has a CVT (not a big fan) and the 200 has a new 9 speed auto. So far not a problem despite what some reviews have said about it (especially in 4 cylinder version). In Sport Mode, it's really aggressive and holds gears for great acceleration and responsiveness. The interior is very well appointed with the aesthetics of the dashboard being very soothing in day or night driving. The UConnect system is very good and the nav is a cinch to use. I have every available option except the perforated leather seats (cooled as well as heated). For a sticker just shy of 36k, the 200S AWD is a bargain. Fusion is 38 similarly equipped, Legacy is about 35 with all the bells and whistles, but doesn't compare with the 200S. Go drive one and see...also the 200C is very luxurious with the Safety Tec package (not available on any other trim level) with adaptive cruise, self park, lane departure, and crash alert with auto braking."
16 people out of 26 found this review helpful
By John on Monday, September 22, 2014
I don't own this caroverall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Affordable, Economic, Drives"
Cons: "American Quality, Lacks Feautres"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I have driven and reviewed this car for three whole days. I have spent time inside the 200, outside, basically reviewed it intensely. For the price tag, its a good car to buy, but the other competitors have already gotten ahead. The Mercedes CLA has more saftey and comfort features and the interior got a better rating than the 200. The interior of a car does not need thousands of buttons and flashy components to make it beautiful, which is what the 200 has too much of. For around 30,000 you could have an entry level european car that offers more, but a simple, yet beautiful interior. Still, the 200 is an ok car."
18 people out of 60 found this review helpful