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2014 Chrysler 200

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2014 Chrysler 200 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.5

Admittedly somewhat bland on the outside, the 2014 Chrysler 200 offers an impressive interior of quality materials and elegant style that looks entirely appropriate for a more expensive sedan. The suspension delivers a comfortable ride over irregular pavement, secure highway stability, and handling that, if not in the realm of sports cars, is still responsive. In addition to the very nice interior and competent road manners, the Chrysler 200 offers the availability of Chrysler's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which is matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Chrysler 200's shortcomings are in rear-seat comfort, where it's a little cramped, and trunk capacity, which is on the smallish side. Pluses include an attractively affordable pricing structure and the availability of a retractable-hardtop convertible.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're drawn to the attractive interior at an affordable price, like the refined level of ride and handling, and are ready to spring for the powerful V6 engine, check out the 2014 Chrysler 200. The 200 Convertible offers the only retractable hardtop within this price range.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're after exceptional fuel-economy numbers or a more refined 4-cylinder engine, you'll have to shop elsewhere. And, even though the Chrysler 200's initial pricing can fit modest budgets, adding optional extras can send the final price much higher.

What's New for 2014

For 2014, the biggest change for the Chrysler 200 is that the S model is now offered on the Touring and Limited trim levels as a package, rather than as a stand-alone model.

Driving the 200

Driving Impressions The quiet, smooth and remarkably fuel-efficient V6 is so much better than the noisy and buzzy 2.4-liter 4-cylinder base engine that we have difficulty recommending the 2014 200 without the...

V6. Available on 200 LX, Touring and Limited models, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 of 283 horsepower delivers impressive acceleration, getting from rest to 60 mph in just over six seconds. Merging with freeways or passing slower traffic is not a problem. As mentioned earlier, the Chrysler 200 suspension engineers have done their work quite well, and the 200 provides a smooth, compliant and entirely comfortable ride yet, when the pavement hits the twists and turns, it settles in and responds to the curves with admirable precision. The steering offers ease in tight spots with noteworthy directional stability on long interstate stretches. And, with its retractable hardtop, the 200 Convertible is surprisingly quiet going down the road.

TAUT SUSPENSION
You might expect mid-size American sedans to drive like rental cars, but the 2014 Chrysler 200's suspension and steering place it at the top of its category. It's a surprising and welcome pleasure.

REFINED INTERIOR
If you're going to spend time inside a car it's nice to have an interior as refined, artistic and elegantly styled as that of the Chrysler 200. Quality of materials is first-rate and fit-and-finish is exceptional – it really is a nice place to take a ride.

2014 Chrysler 200 Details
Interior

Chrysler interiors of the past have often been hard plastic and frumpy colors, but the 2014 Chrysler 200's interior seems more appropriate to an Acura, Lexus or Audi, with pleasing shapes, soft-touch surfaces, tight seams and chrome highlights. The upholstery, whether cloth or leather, is tailored like a nice suit. Standard are a driver's adjustable lumbar support and split-folding rear seatbacks. Those in front ride well but, if the front seats are slid all the way back, legroom in the rear is cramped. Finally, the noise insulation is exemplary, which is nice for using the Bluetooth or catching some tunes.

Exterior

The 2014 Chrysler 200 shows some family resemblance to the Chrysler 300, and that's a good thing. Up front are headlights with tasteful LED accents. Chrome trim adds a touch of luxury and style, while 17- and 18-inch wheels give it a solid stance. While it remains on the bland side of high style, the 200 is at least properly finished and detailed.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment for the 2014 Chrysler 200 LX starts with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and 4-speed automatic transmission, and includes power windows, mirrors and locks, keyless entry, a remote trunk release, heated side mirrors, 17-inch wheels with covers, air conditioning with filtration, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, driver's-side lumber and height adjustment, and an AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player. Instrumentation includes LED lighting, an outside temperature display and a stylish analog clock.

Optional Equipment

Above the 200 LX, the two up-level trims are the Touring and Limited, each of which can be equipped with the 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

The standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine makes 173 horsepower and delivers reasonable performance and fuel economy. But it's noisy and has never been accused of being refined. The far superior choice is the potent 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which is smooth, responsive, quiet and almost as easy with gasoline. It makes 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, is matched to a 6-speed automatic and, in our opinion, is worth every penny.

2.4-liter inline-4
173 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
166 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg (4-speed automatic), 20/31 mpg (6-speed automatic), 18/29 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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2014 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
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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."

10 people out of 14 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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