2017 200 New Car Test Drive
The midsize Chrysler 200 competes in the toughest field of all, against the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, as well as the Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion, all solid midsize sedans. After years of chugging uphill, Chrysler has announced the end is near. The 2017 Chrysler 200 could be the last model year. It's a good car. If prices drop to get rid of the last of them, you could do worse than to snatch one. The current-generation is a fairly new product.
The Chrysler 200 is stylish, comfortable, and appealing. It's not as soft as the Nissan Altima, nor as sporty as the Ford Fusion, but rather finds its own way. It's built on an extended version of the Dodge Dart compact sedan platform and wheelbase.
Not surprisingly, there aren't many changes for 2017. But then this model was only introduced for 2015, so not many changes were needed.
For 2017, Chrysler 200 gets better looking, with a new package called Dark Appearance, with glossy black 18-inch wheels, halogen headlamps with black moldings, and black exterior trim. It appears the Chrysler 200 is mourning itself.
The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder making a decent, if uninspired, 184 horsepower, mated to a sophisticated 9-speed automatic. There's also a quick V6 making a strong 295 horsepower and using that same transmission with paddle shifters, with all-wheel drive available.
EPA fuel mileage for the four-cylinder is 23 mpg City, 36 Highway, 27 Combined. The V6 gets 19/31/23 mpg, about 1 less mpg with all-wheel drive. Not much if any better than some midsize crossovers.
The safety results are excellent, with the top Good rating in all crash categories from the IIHS, and that includes the difficult small-overlap front test. For its forward collision avoidance system, it was rated Superior, although for headlamps it only got Marginal. Overall it made Top Safety Pick. The NHTSA gave it five stars in everything except rollover, where it got four stars.
Standard safety equipment includes front knee airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, active front headrests, and a rearview camera. The top 200c Platinum model offers heaps of optional safety equipment, including lane-departure warnings and prevention, forward-collision warnings with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts.
The 2017 Chrysler 200 is offered in five models: LX, Touring, Limited Platinum, 200S, and 200C Platinum.
The LX comes standard with cloth upholstery, six-way manually adjustable front seats, air conditioning, keyless entry, LED ambient interior lighting, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a four-speaker AM/FM audio system, a rearview camera, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack, a 12-volt outlet, and 17-inch steel wheels with wheel covers.
The Touring model adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 5.0-inch center touchscreen, Bluetooth, and alloy wheels.
The Limited Platinum gets a compass, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, two additional speakers, and an 8.4-inch center touchscreen.
The 200S comes with heavy duty brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, sport cloth seats with leather bolsters, 18-inch satin chrome wheels, acoustic glass windshield, heated mirrors, fog lamps, and black chrome interior accents.
At the top of the lineup is the 200C Platinum, which features LED fog lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, rear air ducts, a 7.0-inch configurable instrument panel display, nine speakers, and remote starting
A new Alloy Edition for the 200S features a black and caramel interior, chrome exhaust tips, piano black and titanium interior accents, a unique grille, and dark bronze wheels.
Navigation and Sound Group I includes a nine-speaker 506-watt sound system, a navigation system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, SiriusXM Traffic, SiriusXM Travel Link, the Uconnect Access smartphone app, a WiFi hotspot, and the configurable 7.0-inch instrument cluster display.