Replacing the defunct Sebring, the Chrysler 200 has had a year to find its identity but has gotten off to a slow start. From the starting gate Chrysler targeted a younger audience, loading the 200 with gizmos but keeping the price affordable. In its second year on the market not much has been changed on the 200 inside and out.
New or upgraded interior features such as the instrument cluster, steering wheel and seats have all been carried over from last year. The exterior also keeps the facelift the 200 received upon its introduction with a new front end, LED headlights and taillights. A redesigned suspension system pushes back on bumps in the road in an attempt to offer a sharp ride.
Body styles: Sedan, convertible
Engines: 2.4-liter inline-4, 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: LX, Touring, Limited convertible, Touring, Limited sedan, S Convertible
With almost every system new or upgraded last year, don't expect to see much of a change for the 2012 model year. The front and rear fenders were redesigned last year, along with the grille and hood, which now wears Chrysler's new winged logo. LED headlights and fog lights illuminate the dark road in front of the 200 while and LED taillights warn people behind when you're coming to a stop. The all-new interior continues to be a significant step up from the older Sebring.
Redesigned sheet metal last year has translated into sharper lines for the 200. The new front end showcases Chrysler's new winged logo that sits at the edge of a new hood in between the projector headlights. All of this is tied together to give the 200 a much needed facelift. A new trunk door, rear end, and LED taillights also return for their sophomore season.
A new instrument cluster was designed for the 2011 200 and no changes are expected for the 2012 model year. The steering wheel also remains the same and Chrysler offers an option of either leather or cloth seats. Air outlets on the dashboard were reconfigured last year to allow optimal air flow throughout the cabin. The available media center offers radio, both regular and satellite, an iPod input, and a navigation system.
Performance & Handling
Chrysler redesigned the suspension last year and it carries the same set up for 2012. The new suspension system sharpens steering response and feel while the 2.4-liter World Gas Engine powers the 200. Mated with a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic, the inline-4 produces 173 horsepower. You can also option for the 3.6-liter V-6 engine that churns out 283 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2012 Chrysler 200 offers safety features such as stability and traction control, ABS with brake assist, active front head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. Electronic stability control and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children system are standard safety features on the 2012 200.
EPA Fuel Economy
LX Sedan (2.4-liter): 21 mpg city/30 mpg hwy
Touring Sedan (2.4-liter): 21 mpg city/30 mpg hwy
Limited convertible (2.4-liter): 21 mpg city/30 mpg hwy
Touring convertible (2.4-liter): 18 mpg city/29 mpg hwy
S Sedan (3.6-liter): 14 mpg city/21 mpg hwy
Limited sedan (3.6-liter): 21 mpg city/30 mpg hwy
S Convertible (3.6-liter): 19 mpg city/29 mpg hwy
- Peppy V-6 engine
- Convertible model
You Won't Like
- Small overall
- Lacking trunk space
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