The Chrysler 200 is one of the first cars introduced after the company bounced back from bankruptcy. Debuting in 2011, the car replaced the long-running Chrysler Sebring, which had been on the decline for quite some time and was one of the weakest models in the stable of this American carmaker.
Chrysler tried very hard to update its Sebring and rectify its flaws with the Chrysler 200, and it succeeded in doing so for the most part. In fact, it is quite surprising to see just how much of an improvement the 200 is over the underwhelming Sebring. Although not quite a full redesign, the car was updated and reworked to a large extent, so much so that it has surpassed the Sebring in every way.
The introduction of the Chrysler 200 in 2011 meant something more important for Chrysler: it finally had a midsize family sedan that was worth consideration. Now in its second year of production, the 2013 Chrysler 200 is expected to continue on its path as a good overall family sedan.
New For 2013
The 2013 Chrysler 200 receives some new upgrades, especially to its available packages.
- The S Appearance package for the Touring and Limited trims includes: 18-inch aluminum wheels, as well as Black accents for the fog lamp bezels, badges, headlights, and grille
- The S package adds leather-trimmed seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel to the S Appearance
- The convertible receives a new suspension with a larger front stabilizer bar, new spring rates, and revised shock damping
When the Chrysler 200 was introduced, it was clear that the company did not mess too much with the exterior design of its sedan. Nevertheless, it did make enough changes to make the 200 look a lot more graceful than the Sebring. The Chrysler 200 has a smooth and refined exterior styling, and it also comes with the new abstract Chrysler badge.
The headlights of the 2013 Chrysler 200 resemble those of the 200C concept cars, and they include LED light pipes to give the headlights an amazingly high-tech look at night.
The trunk lid, however, stays stubby and unchanged from the Sebring, and the same goes for the arcing C-pillars. However, the new tail of the 200 has the chunkiness of the previous Sebring.
Other exterior features in the 2013 Chrysler 200 include 17-inch steel wheels with covers and 17-inch or 18-inch optional aluminum wheels. Standard features include power heated side mirrors, variable intermittent windshield wipers, and a remote keyless entry. A power sunroof comes as an optional feature. The convertible can be fitted with a power cloth soft-top or power retractable hardtop.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Chrysler 200 is a good example of how the carmaker has paid attention to the details this time around. The materials have been carefully chosen, and nothing really looks or feels cheap inside. The door trim inserts and air vents deserve special mention for their good quality build.
In terms of space, the 2013 Chrysler 200 offers a decent amount of legroom and headroom in the front and rear with respect to its segment. Overall, Chrysler has developed a quality cabin that can finally compete with others in its class.
The standard interior features for the 2013 Chrysler 200 include cloth seats, a CD stereo with an MP3 jack, manual air-conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, and a 60/40-split folding backseat.
The optional features for the 2013 Chrysler 200 include leather upholstery, automatic air-conditioning, heated front seats, a navigation system, and a touch-screen stereo with 28 GB of music storage.
The 2013 Chrysler 200 comes with the usual list of safety features, such as anti-lock brakes and an electronic stability system. The car also has side-impact airbags for front seats, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints.
The 2013 Chrysler 200 comes with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 173 horsepower (hp). This engine can be mated with a four-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed automatic gearbox depending on the trim level.
An optional engine for the Chrysler 200 is the 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 283 hp. This engine is only available with the six-speed automatic transmission. The front-wheel-drive car offers adequate acceleration with the base four-cylinder engine installed under the hood. Other rivals do offer better fuel economy and power, but the Chrysler 200 offers enough power for most buyers’ requirements.
On the other hand, the 3.6-liter, V-6 engine offers a better drive with strong acceleration, and it does so without sacrificing too much fuel economy. Overall, the 2013 Chrysler 200 offers a peppy driving experience without spending too much money on gas.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Chrysler 200
- Buick Verano
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Dodge Avenger
- Ford Fusion
- Kia Optima