By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor
KBB Expert Rating: 7.5
There are many midsize family sedans from which to choose, but in the 2016 Chrysler 200 sedan, you’ll find an elegant and luxurious contender whose price tag will come as a pleasant surprise. More stylized than a Honda Accord, the Chrysler 200’s skin is better suited to comparisons with the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Chevrolet Malibu. Available with a choice of 4- or 6-cylinder engines, front or all-wheel drive (FWD, AWD) and loaded with the latest safety innovations and high-tech infotainment, the only missing element in the 200 stable is a hybrid model. Although its 4-cylinder engine is not the smoothest or most powerful in this class, the available Pentastar V6 is just the opposite, turning the 200 into a potent contender with breathtaking acceleration.
If style and elegance are paramount in your car-buying decision, Chrysler’s 200 sedan for 2016 is hard to top. With such available features as ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel, you may think you’ve accidently purchased a European luxury sedan.
Compared to its competitors, the 2016 Chrysler 200 sedan’s 4-cylinder engine is neither potent nor terribly refined. The 200 is also saddled with one of the smallest rear seats in the midsize family-sedan segment.
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For 2016, a rearview camera is made standard on Limited and S trims, while the 200C gains a heated steering wheel. Cars equipped with the 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen include a new Drag and Drop menu bar and Siri Eyes Free. The V6 engine is now available on the Limited trim.
Our time in the 2016 Chrysler 200C with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine left us with lukewarm feelings. The engine’s 184 horsepower takes a long time to show up in full...
... force, and there is a lack of refinement not experienced with other 4-cylinders in this segment, chiefly the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Thankfully, the 200 has a savior in the form of its available 3.6-liter V6 engine, one of the most powerful and efficient V6s offered in a family sedan. Teamed with Chrysler’s new 9-speed automatic, the V6-powered 200 goes from mild-mannered 4-door to athletic touring sedan, especially when the transmission is placed in Sport mode. Steering is extremely precise and the handling is better than most in this class. Those seeking the ultimate driving experience will want the 200S model for its sport-tuned suspension and more aggressive wheel-and-tire package.
The 2016 Chrysler 200’s all-wheel drive setup employs a detachable rear axle. Unlike the Subaru Legacy, the 200’s system doesn’t create fuel-consuming drag when AWD is not needed.
If you appreciate thoughtful design and an elegant use of lighting, leather and wood, you’ll love what Chrysler has done with the 2016 200 sedan. From its intricate seat sew patterns to the satin-finished rotary gear selector, the 200’s interior shuns the bland and boring.
As we just touched on above, Chrysler’s 200 for 2016 features one of the most refined and tasteful interiors in the midsize-sedan segment. Available power-adjustable seats in leather can be fitted with heated and ventilated elements, and for 2016 have added padding for a firmer feel. Interior accents like real wood with an exposed edge stretching across the dashboard give the 200 a refined feel on the inside. Regrettably, all the luxury in the world can’t compensate for the 200’s smallish rear seat and snug headroom.
Boasting a coupe-like profile, the Chrysler’s 2016 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 flanked 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.
Multi-stage 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, anti-lock brakes, Brake Assist, an electronic parking brake and cruise control are just a few of the 2016 Chrysler 200’s notable standard features.
The SafetyTec package will set you back $1,295, 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 2016 Chrysler 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 mpg. 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 (FWD), 18/29 mpg (AWD)
For a base 2016 Chrysler 200 LX family sedan, you’re looking at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $23,000, which includes a $995 destination fee. On the other end of the spectrum, a fully loaded 200C can set you back $38,000, but this includes optional all-wheel drive and every option including both the panoramic sunroof, SafetyTec ($1,295) and Navigation and Sound Group 1 ($1,395). When looking at the competition, the 2016 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 2016 Chrysler 200s. As for resale, the 200 is holding average values, not nearly as strong as the Camry or Accord, but definitely on par with the Ford Fusion, Buick Regal and Chevrolet Malibu.