2015 200 New Car Test Drive
Chrysler 200 is all-new for the 2015 model year. Distantly derived from an excellent Alfa Romeo sedan chassis, this all-new second-generation Chrysler 200 is going toe-to-toe with the best-selling mid-size sedans. Among them: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion, and Chevrolet Malibu.
It better be pretty good, you say. And at a quick glance, the 2015 Chrysler 200 certainly looks the part. Its styling is crisply contemporary, as charismatic and eye-catching as anything in the category. From its forward-thrusting nose to the sleek faux-coupe roofline and cleanly understated tail, it has a chic world-car presence that will easily earn its place in the front row at valet parking.
The interior, too, is attractively done. Especially in the upper trim levels, the Chrysler 200 has a luxurious look and feel that easily matches its tried-and-true competitors. Available Nappa leather upholstery complements instruments with pleasing refinement, including swank touches such as a Jaguar-like selector knob for engaging the transmission. The seating is excellent, though not overly roomy in back, and road noise is extremely low.
But the key to any car is its road behavior. Here the 2015 Chrysler 200 has real strength. Its well-weighted steering feel and chassis responses are controlled and agile. Not surprisingly, given Chrysler's Fiat ownership, the Chrysler 200 has alert European road feel. Excellent.
Chrysler 200's two engines, the standard 2.4-liter I4 and the optional 3.6-liter V6, provide adequate acceleration and fuel mileage, falling mid-pack in the class. Only one transmission is offered, an ambitious 9-speed automatic.
Chrysler 200 is front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available on V6 models.
The 2014 Chrysler 200 sedan comes in four trim levels. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and 9-speed automatic are standard. The 3.6-liter V6 is optional on 200S and 200C models. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is optional on 200S and 200C models; all-wheel drive is only available with the V6.
Chrysler 200 LX ($21,700) comes standard with micron-filter air conditioning, premium cloth upholstery, bucket seats, power windows with driver one-touch up/down, power locks, rear defroster, keyless entry/ignition, LED ambient lighting, dual 12-volt outlets, tilt/telescope steering, steering wheel audio controls, vanity mirrors, AM/FM/Uconnect 3.0 connectivity, USB port, four-speaker audio, audio input jack, vehicle information center, six-way manual driver/passenger bucket seats, four-way headrests, triple rear headrests, security alarm, cruise control, electronic steering, active grille shutters, tinted windshield, body-color mirrors, automatic halogen headlights, LED taillights, 17-inch steel wheels. Optional: Uconnect 5.0 ($495).
Chrysler 200 Limited ($23,255) adds bi-function halogen headlights, AM/FM Uconnect 5.0, Bluetooth, touchscreen media center, passenger power one-touch up/down window, compass, courtesy/map lights, six-speaker audio, compact spare wheel, 17-inch aluminum wheels. Limited options: Convenience Group ($895) adds leather steering wheel w/ audio controls, one-year Sirius/XM, rearview camera, eight-way power driver seat, four-way power lumbar adjust, illuminated vanity mirrors, body-color power heated mirrors; single-pane sunroof ($995).
Chrysler 200S ($24,495) features black cloth sport seats with leather trim, power eight-way driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, paddle shifters, fog lamps, black exterior accents, bright exhaust tips, acoustic windshield and front side-door glass, power/heated folding mirrors, 18-inch aluminum wheels. Options: Comfort Group ($795) includes air conditioning w/ dual-zone temperature control, heated front seats, humidity sensor, rear a/c and heat ducts, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, rearview camera, heated steering wheel, illuminated vanity mirrors; Navigation/Sound I ($1,495) includes Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM w/ 8.4-inch touchscreen and connectivity, HD radio, GPS, auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, 506-watt amp w/ nine speakers and sub-woofer, Sirius/XM Travel Link and Traffic, 7-inch color information center; Premium Lighting ($795) adds HID headlights, LED daytime running lamps, LED fog lights; dual-pane sunroof ($1,495); Blindspot/rear crosspath warning ($595). The V6 engine is optional ($1,950) and includes heavy-duty disc brakes. All-wheel drive ($4,200) is optional.
Chrysler 200C ($25,995) uprgrades to Nappa leather seats, heated front seats, six-way passenger seat, seven-inch color information display, rear camera, remote start, auto-dimming mirror with microphone, illuminated vanity mirrors, two-door passive entry, dual-zone climate control w/ front/rear outlets, garage-door opener, humidity sensor, side-mirror turn signals, touring suspension, 17-inch painted wheels. Options: Premium Group ($995) perforated ventilated Nappa leather seats, heated leather steering wheel , wood trim, radio/driver seat/mirrors memory, 115-volt power outlet; Premium Lighting ($795) Premium Lighting ($795) adds HID headlights, LED daytime running lamps, LED fog lights; Navigation/Sound I ($1,395) includes Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM w/ 8.4-inch touchscreen and connectivity, HD radio, GPS, auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, 506-watt amp w/ nine speakers and sub-woofer, Sirius/XM Travel Link and Traffic, 7-inch color information center; SafeTec Group ($1,295) includes adaptive cruise control w/ stop and go, advanced brake assist, forward collision warning w/ low-speed full stop, lane-departure warning, perpendicular/parallel park assist, rain-sensitive wipers, smart-beam headlights; dual-pane sunroof ($1,495).
Safety features include front multistage airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, supplemental front side airbags, front knee bolster airbags, child seat anchors (LATCH), child protection door locks, inside emergency trunk release, three-point seatbelts, 911 call assist, electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock brakes (ABS), brake assist (BA), traction control, electronic brake distribution (EBD), electronic parking brake, electronic brake differential lock, rain brake support, ready alert braking. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, parallel/perpendicular park assist, rearview camera, blindspot/rear cross-path warning. (Note: All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices, which do not include destination charges and may change at any time without notice.).