The Chrysler 200 is almost a new car. The 200 mid-size sedan and its big brother the 300, have been around the showrooms for several years. It was definitely a nice, comfortable vehicle, but it really needed to be updated. The Chrysler team knew that also and in 2015, the Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan was totally redesigned.. For 2016, a lot of tweaking was done to make the 200 model so much more appealing.
Chrysler furnished a 200C test-drive model that was a gray colored exterior. They called it Granite Crystal Metallic. The interior was a mix of Black and Deep Mocha. It was powered by a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine. This 2016 model was definitely a step up from the models of yester-year. It even received five-star ratings from the government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Chrysler 200 is available in four model configurations. The basic is the LX. The middle model is the Limited. And the sporty model is the 200S. The fourth one, which was my test-drive model for a full week, is the 200C which is the more luxury-appointed model with an abundance of premium features. Generally speaking, the 200C includes everything on the Limited and adds leather-trimmed bucket seats, heated front seats, eight-way powered driver seat, six-way powered passenger seat, remote vehicle start system, key-fob entry for passenger doors and truck, and a dual-zone automatic temperature control with humidity sensor.
The 2016 Chrysler 200C has a really nice and attractive interior. It is roomy and everything is laid out well with easy accessibility. The exterior is not eye-popping, but the lines flow and it has somewhat of a smooth-looking appearance. The back seat area is adequate for two adults going to lunch or supper, but would not be comfortable for longer trips. The trunk area is huge and holds much more baggage and ‘stuff’ than would be expected. My wife & I found two chairs at a flea market and easily loaded them in the trunk. They were ladder-back styled, fairly tall, with rush-bottom seats. In addition to those two chairs, we also placed two standard-size roller-bag suitcases and two large carry-on gym bags, and still had some room left over if we had needed it.
The MSRP for the test-model 200C was shown as $27,450, which included a long list of items. However, a lot of extras were added on, such as Customer Preferred Package, a Premium Group, Navigation & Sound Group, and Premium Lighting. These added a lot of features that are desired and extremely useful such as a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, LED fog lamps, and a whole lot more. All of this as well as the destination charges bumped the bottom sticker price to $33,420.
The EPA rating for mileage was 28 mpg average. With over 500 miles put on the sedan during the week, including about half highway driving and half back country roads, I averaged 30.5 overall.
The Chrysler 200C handles the road well, but no more or no less than expected. The 4-cylinder engine is smooth and quiet, but it is definitely designed for a mid-size family sedan used for normal driving and not for super-speeds or twisting mountain roads.
After a few years of a lack-luster mid-size sedan, Chrysler is back in the game and a true competitor in a crowded category of cars. It looks like a small vehicle from the outside, but has a lot of room inside. It is comfortable, stylish, gets decent mileage, and has a decent price.
Check it out yourself at a Chrysler dealership. See if this new 2016 Chrysler 200 might be the mid-size family sedan you have been looking to get for yourself or your family.