New for 2013
The 200S used to be a stand-alone trim model on the 200 sedan, but its exterior styling cues – notably the dark grille, black headlamp bezels, projector fog lamps, and polished 18-inch wheels – are now available as part of an S Exterior Package on the mid-grade 200 Touring and high-grade 200 Limited. A new 200S Special Edition package adds a unique grille insert, matte black wheels, and interior trim designed by Carhartt.
If the 200 isn’t the best example of how a Fiat-backed Chrysler can breathe life into dying models, we don’t know what is. No Chrysler model needed an overhaul as much as the old Sebring did; its clunky exterior, low-rent interior, and subpar ride and handling won it no friends outside the rental car lot. Its transformation into the 200 may not suddenly result in a class-leading midsize sedan or convertible, but it is impressive nonetheless. The 200 sedan finally received the powertrain, chassis tuning, and styling it originally deserved. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder is still a bit sluggish, but the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 shines, delivering a healthy amount of pep. The 200 convertible — with your choice of fabric or metal folding roof – remains part of the 200 portfolio; though it feels a bit soft and prone to cowl shake, its is one of the few reasonably priced drop-tops in the segment capable of comfortably seating four passengers. Better yet, it finally receives the suspension upgrades applied to the 200 sedan in 2011. Is the 200 automotive perfection? No, but it’s proof positive that it’s possible to transform an ugly duckling into quite an attractive and affordable swan.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags (except in the convertible); active head restraints for the front seats; traction and stability control; ABS; and a tire-pressure monitor are standard. Automatic headlamp controls are standard on Touring and Limited models.
- V-6 grunt
- 200 S appearance package
- 200 convertible’s improved handling
- Dated interior design
- Underwhelming power from four-cylinder
- Convertible exhibits body squirm
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Honda Accord
- Toyota Camry
- Kia Optima
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Stylish, but starting to show its true age.