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.
173 lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA/35
262 lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA
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 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."
4 people out of 20 found this review helpful
By CoolCat on Sunday, September 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great Price for luxury"
Cons: "more back seat space"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I own the 200s model with all the options for about 3 months and I love it. Great style good MPG and people just starred at the car every time on the streets. The color is crystal gray metallic with the 19inch hyper-black wheels. I decided to go with the 4cyl because of the fuel economy but I tested the awd 6cyl and the power difference is noticeable but the 4cyl is pretty quick in S mode and it gets better MPG."
9 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Pilotguy121a on Sunday, September 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 400overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Powerful, fuel efficient, sharp looks, great tech"
Cons: "Stock tires are alright"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I was in the market for a car that had a balance between power, sportiness, fuel economy, and either FWD or AWD. My search started with a Dodge Dart GT. It was a roomy, comfy, car with a go-kart feel. However, its fuel mileage and lack of power left me disappointed. Then I test drove a VW Jetta GLI. Quick, nimble, but closed in and small. Fuel mileage was alright. Price for a used one is around $26,000 (with options). Then I test drove a 200C FWD V6. I owned a Dodge Avenger R/T, which shares the same platform as the Sebring/200. However, this 2015 car is a complete overhaul. The only thing that carried over was the name and the engine (tuned to achieve 12 more hp over the 2014 model year). I test drove a FWD 200C V6, I love the way that this car is put together. The amount of refinement over the 2008-2014 years is unbelievable. I did end up purchasing a 200C AWD, in Granite Crystal Metallic with the linen leather interior. It has the premium light group, nav/sound (8.9" UConnect system), and the comfort group (ventilated seats). Interior wise, the car is very sharp. The leather is very soft and the seats are comfortable. Both heating and cooling of the seats is controlled with the UConnect touch screen. They can be programmed to turn on with the remote start system or when the engine is powered on. The gauge cluster features two analogue dials (Tachometer and Speedometer, they are labeled, which is kinda silly and one high-resolution display. The display is programmable. You can set it to display certain parameters in certain areas of the screen. It is very easy to use. The navigation system is powered by Garmin. It is integrated into the main screen and will display when to turn on the instrument cluster. Again, this is an extremely easy to use, intuitive, system. I only have a 2011 CTS nav/entertainment system to compare it to, but it isn't much of a comparison. The Cadillac's system is old, clunky, and hard to use. On the highway, the cabin is very quiet. The only thing you can hear is tire noise thanks to the budget Bridgestone's that come stock. Overall, I am very pleased with the refinement, storage, comfort, and ease of use with regards to the settings/UConnect system. The rotary shifter is also a novel idea and functions perfectly. It does throw off people at first as they don't know where the shift lever has gone. The Alpine sound system is clear, loud, and high quality. Exterior wise, the car is very sharp. The paint looks great in the sun and the body lines of the car are noticeable but not vulgar. Headlights are bright and high-beams are also great. The fog lights are LED and surprisingly bright and focused. Tailights take from the Charger/Dart and are LED but not across the whole trunk. They are reminiscent of an Audi A7 but look aggressive. Exhaust is molded into the rear bumper and lined with chrome, similar to the Ford Fusion Titanium (a car similar to this one). Performance wise, the V6 is throaty, smooth, and powerful. It is however, not fuel thirsty. I recorded a 31MPG on a 60 mile highway trip. I expect it to improve as the engine breaks in. The car has plenty of power and with the AWD system active, there is no torque steer or wheel spin. In the corners, the AWD is more sturdy than its FWD sibling. The 9-Speed transmission is quick and allows for 65mph at 1400RPM (in 8th gear, 9th gear drops it to nearly 1200RPM, which is too low to maintain it in 9th gear). In Sport mode AWD is always active. The trans shifts later and slightly quicker. Using the paddle shifters is easy, though the software needs to learn your driving habits or you will get double down shifts (one that the computer does and one that you do but the computer beats you to it). Steering is smooth and easy around town but not totally numb. On the highway, the steering becomes heavy, which I view as a good thing. Overall, very pleased with the performance aspect of this car. That ends my review. So far the car is fantastic. In my opinion, it is better than its competitors and for a price that is often less. An AWD V6 car with this much tech and this good of fuel economy for under $30K is hard to come by. This fulfills all my needs and I expect it to keep exceeding all my expectations."
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