CarCorner Review: 2015 Chrysler 200 – I Rate It A 200 Plus


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By Cathy Droz –

Who do you know that owns a Chrysler 200? I know of only one person since the car made its debut in October 2010. My daughter Melanie on the other hand, owns a Chrysler 300 and we are all familiar with that model, right? She graduated from college, moved from California to Arizona and when shopping for a new car chose the Chrysler 300. She still owns and loves it 11 years later.

I remember reviewing the 200 last year and saying it was “nice,” but I didn’t jump up and down or gush all over about it. In fact, I thought it might have a tough time competing in its model class and started calling it the 300’s baby sister.200-front

Well, here we are in the year 2014 and Chrysler has taken one of its less than exciting models and transformed it to a more stylish, comfortable and affordable sedan. The redesign, which I think is very sharp looking, shares a platform and some components with the Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee, not bad DNA to start with. It is fresh inside and out with a new powertrain, restyled cabin and more convenience and safety features, such as available all-wheel drive and park assist.

This year, you can only drive away in a sedan as the convertible has been discontinued…too bad, I love convertibles, but believe the 200 looks too much like a Sebring and those are in every Hertz rental lot in town.

200-backThe 2015 exterior is pretty cool with a more defined aerodynamic style, sweeping lines and a double grille for that aggressive look, with the winged Chrysler badge stretched out for some reason. The light-pipe dramatic headlight design helps accentuate the new look. The S or sport version has a lower grille, glossy black exterior trim and dual tailpipes. The rear of the car has a built-in decklid spoiler, sloping roofline and standard LED tail lights.

The interior, always my favorite part to critique, is chic and tastefully done. Depending on the trim level selected, you might find genuine wood trim in matte finish and a bit more padding for my rear end in the passenger seat. The trim level you choose will make also make a little bit of difference when deciding if you like the look compared to others in its category like the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.

The backseat fits three, maybe two adult men under six feet and one petite woman. However, I can visualize this car having either two child safety seats in the second row or a skinny fifth grader in between the toddler and infant seats.200-seats

The trunk capacity is 16 cubic feet, which is good for this size sedan. The 60/40 split folding rear seat is standard and there is plenty of room for those golf clubs, stroller or picnic necessities.

200-consoleI like the pass through or the open storage area beneath the E-shifter knob for the automatic transmission. You will either love it or hate it, but the rubber surface has the skyline of Downtown Detroit embossed on it. I know they are pushing the “imported from Detroit” commercial and might make some people feel it is overdone but I like it and it looks nice.

Do you want to have confidence and control behind the wheel? The new 2015 Chrysler 200 has more advanced standard and available safety and security features than any other vehicle in its class.

Eight Airbags

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go Functionality

Blind Spot Monitoring

Forward collision warning with active braking

Lane departure warning with lane keep assist

ParkView Rear Back up Camera

Electric Park Brake

Four channel ESC stability control

I have to admit the new 2015 Chrysler 200 looks more expensive than its counterparts and it handles better and is a more affordable than other V6 midsize sedans out there. If you are all about the bells and whistles, the infotainment system in the 200 has one of the best audio-navigation interfaces in its class. When all is said and done, this is not the 200 I drove last year, so this year I give it a 200 Plus.

MSRP – Base Price – $22,695

Drivetrain – 2.4L

Horsepower: 184-hp FWD, nine-speed Automatic

Fuel Economy – 26/35/29 mpg

Photos courtesy of www.chrysler.com/200
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