As an all new model the Chrysler 200 comes into 2015 ready to compete at a high level with the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. For the new model year, the 200 is even offered as a convertible option which was not available for the previous generation. Adding to this is a upgraded styling as well as an industry new nine-speed automatic transmission to really take the mid-sized sedan segment by storm.
The Chrysler 200 having been redesigned for 2015 offers one of the most attractive interior in its class as well as a price that is so highly competitive the competition has been left scratching their heads to figure out how it’s being offered at such a low price. Adding to the all-new design is much of the circle of safety features including Lane Departure Warning Plus, Advanced Brake Assist, and Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus with are all optional features that most owners should certainly consider adding to their new 200.
The driving impression of the 200 is one of smooth refinement with a finely tuned suspension that handles all road defects with ease and stability. The steering is one that is highly responsive and accepts driver inputs quickly allowing the car to handle easily in city traffic or on the open highway. Add to this the very quiet cabin that is a result of the noise suppression system and a high degree of insulation. All of this combines to offer a vehicle that is easy to enjoy and drives like a luxury car at a much more reasonable price than any luxury car can offer.
The Chrysler 200 offers the choice of two different engines for owners to pick from. The first is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that can achieve as much as 35 mpg on the highway but only offers 184 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. of torque. Although when at speeds this power plant can pass other vehicles just fine it takes a little while to get up to speed making the larger engine a bit more of a desirable choice. This engine is matched up with the all new nine-speed automatic transmission to offer a smooth gear changing and easy ride on the road.
The more desirable engine comes in the form of a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that offers 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. This is a great deal more power than the four-cylinder offering and makes reaching speeds and passing much less of a chore than the 200 that is powered by the smaller engine. Mated to the same nine-speed automatic transmission as the smaller power plant the shifting is smooth, giving all occupants a nice easy ride.
As the crown jewel of this vehicle the interior is the best one in this lineup of vehicles. With a complete redesign the 200 offers plenty of room for full sized adults in all seats and the materials used are upscale and well-chosen to accent the beauty of the car. All controls are easy to locate and use, keeping them within reach of the driver and allowing the driver to keep their attention on the road ahead. This awesome interior is even able to be laden with wood accents that reach across the entire dashboard and offer a fully refined feeling inside the vehicle.
On the outside, the 200 is very elegant and stylish with sleek and smooth lines and well accented trimmings of chrome. The angles from the hood to the roof and back are genuinely beautiful and even offer a feeling of aerodynamics along with the great style. The front face sports a slightly hidden lower grill and a very sleek upper grill that is adorned with chrome trimming and the Chrysler symbol. Flanking this grill is a pair of projector-beam headlights that are both stylish and highly functional to aid the driver in their trek down the road. Finishing off the great looks on the outside of the 200 are multi-spoked wheels that add a lot of style as the car drives down the road.
The standard features offered for the 200 include multistage airbags, the Uconnect infotainment system with a USB port, keyless entry and starting, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, Brake Assist, an electronic parking brake and cruise control. This list of standard features allows the 200 to come in as a well-equipped model that doesn’t have to have an exorbitant price tag.
The 200 offers a nice list of optional features as well that are packaged into groups to add to the vehicle. Starting with the Preferred Package 26N features that includes Advanced Brake Assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, Adaptive Cruse Control with Stop and Go, Blind Spot Monitoring and Parking Assistance giving the 200 the advantage of excellent advanced safety features that are generally only found on luxury or premium vehicles. Another package that adds excellent features is the Navigation and Sound Group 1 that includes a navigation system, HD radio and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen. When adding all packages to the 200 the car reaches very high up toward the luxury sedan market but is still offered at a mid-sized sedan price.
At the base model Chrysler 200 LX the price comes in around $22,700 with all the standard features discussed. On the top end of the pricing spectrum, a fully loaded 200C will bring a price of around $34,675 but includes all-wheel drive and all optional packages to enjoy.
The Chrysler 200 for 2015 is a very refined model and doesn’t resemble the car that was an afterthought in previous years. With the innovation of a nine-speed automatic transmission and a class leading interior as well as some very well-designed exterior upgrades, this vehicle is poised to take the market by storm. The 200 is a great choice as a family sedan, daily driver, or commuter car for anyone looking for a great new mid-sized sedan.