By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor
KBB Expert Rating: 7.4
Of all the family sedans littering the market, the 2017 Chrysler 200 is unique. Although it bears more than a passing resemblance to cars like the Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion, the 200’s Fiat underpinnings give it European-inspired handling characteristics more in line with the VW Jetta and Passat. Offered with either 4- or 6-cylinder engines and with the option of all-wheel drive (AWD), the 2017 Chrysler 200 is more flexible than most front-drive (FWD) family sedans. Although there is no hybrid model in the lineup, the Pentastar V6 is a brilliant engine that turns the 200 into a real performance sedan. A handsome interior with high-tech features is another bright spot, but some may find the 200’s cramped rear seat a deal killer.
If you’re shopping for a family sedan that looks and drives like a premium luxury car, the 2017 Chrysler 200 has much to offer. Features such ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel add to the 200’s allure, as does the optional V6 engine.
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For 2017, two new package options are offered. The Dark Appearance package on the Touring trim adds 18-inch gloss-black wheels and exterior trim, while the 200’s Alloy Edition brings a sport suspension, optional AWD and dark bronze and titanium finishes.
Our 2017 Chrysler 200 sedan equipped with the 2.4-liter engine left us unimpressed with both its sluggish performance and lack of refinement. It has a long way to go before...
... reaching Honda Accord or Toyota Camry levels. But, once we moved over to a 200 Limited Platinum with the 295-horsepower Pentastar V6, it felt like we were driving a completely different car. Acceleration is blisteringly quick for a family sedan, and gets even better when the 9-speed automatic transmission is placed into Sport mode. Zero-to-60 times are in the 6-second range, which is better than some pricey European luxury sedans. The 200’s steering is nicely weighted and very responsive, better than most in this class. While the Limited Platinum places an emphasis on ride comfort, the 200S, with its sport-tuned suspension and aggressive wheel-and-tire setup, should hold strong appeal with driving enthusiasts.
Chrysler’s 2017 200 family sedan offers a rather special all-wheel-drive setup. Unlike the Subaru Legacy’s permanently engaged system, when the 200’s AWD isn’t needed the rear axle electronically disconnects, helping to reduce fuel-consuming drag.
Chrysler may arguably be creating some of the most detailed and beautiful interiors in the family-car segment, and the 2017 200 sedan is no exception. A sophisticated use of wood, leather and lighting augments unique interior components such as the satin-finished rotary gear selector.
As we just touched on above, Chrysler’s 200 for 2017 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. 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 2017 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 Chryslers.
Multi-stage airbags, Uconnect infotainment with a USB port, keyless entry and start, an electronic parking brake, rearview camera and cruise control are just a few of the 2017 Chrysler 200 LX’s notable standard features. Also on the list are power windows and door locks, a tilt/telescoping steering column, steering-wheel audio controls, 60/40-split rear seats and 17-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers. Touring trims include the Uconnect 5.0 upgrade and 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Limited Platinum trim brings power to driver and passenger seats, and offers heated front seats covered in leather.
The SafetyTec package will set you back less than $1,300, 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. This includes features like navigation, HD radio and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen.
If it’s fuel efficiency you’re after, then we recommend equipping your 2017 Chrysler 200 with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. What the 4-cylinder lacks in power, it makes up for 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: 19/31 mpg (FWD), 18/28 mpg (AWD)
Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.
For a base 2017 Chrysler 200 LX family sedan, you’re looking at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just over $24,000, which includes a $1,095 destination fee. On the other end of the spectrum, a fully loaded 200C can set you back $38,000, but this is with optional all-wheel drive and every option including both the panoramic sunroof, SafetyTec ($1,295) and Navigation and Sound Group 1 ($895). When looking at the competition, the 2017 200’s starting price is within a couple hundred dollars of the Honda Accord sedan and Toyota Camry. Check out the KBB Fair Purchase Price to get a better idea of what folks in your area are paying for their 2017 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.