New for 2015
The Chrysler 200 is all new for 2015, with fresh styling, a pair of engines, a nine-speed automatic, and available all-wheel drive.
The Chrysler 200 is a midsize sedan available in front- and all-wheel-drive forms, and can be had with a V-6 instead of the standard I-4 engine, with a segment-first nine-speed automatic that’s operated with a rotary shift knob instead of a traditional shift lever. The 200 sits below the 300 as Chrysler’s smaller sedan.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 can be had with a 2.4-liter I-4 that produces 184 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with a nine-speed automatic that drives the front wheels and powers the new sedan to an EPA rating of 23/36 mpg city/highway. For buyers wanting more power, or perhaps all-wheel drive, a 295-hp 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 262 lb-ft of torque is required, and manages 19/32 mpg in FWD trim, and just 18/29 mpg in AWD trim.
Chrysler has packed lots of technology and goodies into the 200, with a 5- or 8.4-inch infotainment screen using the automaker’s Uconnect system, hands-free keyless access with push button or remote start, heated/ventilated front seats, dual-pane sunroof, a rotary shifter for the 9-speed automatic, electronic parking brake, and a rearview camera with dynamic gridlines. The Chrysler features a number of class exclusives, such as adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, forward collision warning with active braking, park assist with parallel and perpendicular space capability, and an available AWD system on the V-6 model.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and is considered a 2015 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.
What We Think
The 2015 Chrysler 200 can’t help but look like a hero after the Chrysler Sebring/200 it replaces. Despite the rental-lot roots of its predecessor, the new Chrysler 200 is a decent midsize sedan. In a Driven review we noted the V-6 models were surprisingly sporty: “You can recognize a so-equipped model by its surprisingly wicked exhaust note. Lead engineer Doug Verley says it’s the ‘happy result’ of not having enough room in the center tunnel to fit both a full-size exhaust resonator and all-wheel-drive hardware. There’s plenty of bite behind that bark. The naturally aspirated 3.6-liter engine delivers its power smoothly at any speed. That’s an advantage compared with the somewhat peaky turbo four-cylinders that many competitors now offer in lieu of a V-6.” Inside the new 200, the pleasant surprises continue:
“The materials are good for a mid-size sedan. Top models feature real wood trim. Even the Limited model we tested (one up from the base model) has soft, nicely grained surfaces. And yet, good for a mid-size sedan still isn’t quite good enough to pull off such an intimate design. It’s lovely to sit low in a $100,000 Jaguar F-Type, ensconced in leather and wood. It’s not as pleasant to stare at acres of rubberized plastic in a $30,000 Chrysler. The 200’s cabin redeems itself with easy-to-use in-car technology. Chrysler has figured out the perfect combination of touchscreen, buttons, and dials. The shifter, a rotary knob like Jaguar uses, feels just right.”
In another Driven review, we compared the 2015 Chrysler 200 with a 2014 Honda Accord, noting that “the Accord’s combination of virtues — chiefly its clear packaging advantage along with its better city fuel economy — better align with the priorities in this segment and put it on top in this match-up. But the stylish Chrysler is going for something slightly different here, and that’s probably not a bad idea.” For a vehicle that went from the bottom of the segment to somewhere near the front, the Chrysler 200 has significant progress. All the changes won’t likely cause Honda or Toyota executives to lose any sleep, but unlike the last-generation Chrysler midsize sedan, the new 200 is built for more than just rental lots.
- Much improved over previous generation
- Many class-exclusive features
- Handsome styling
You Won’t Like
- Engine stop-start system isn’t the smoothest out there
- Back seat not the most spacious in the segment
- I-4 model’s city fuel economy
- Honda Accord
- Nissan Altima
- Toyota Camry
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Ford Fusion