2011 Chrysler 200

LX FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 auto trans

2011 chrysler 200 Reviews and News

2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible V6 Front Three Quarters 2
The last Sebring convertible and its sedan sibling were prime examples of Chrysler having completely lost its way. Cars like the Sebring led the former Chrysler Corporation to near ruin. Although well-intentioned, the Sebring droptop wasn't sporty or sufficiently luxurious or the least bit rewarding to drive. To top it all off, it was ugly, the ultimate proof that the leaders in Auburn Hills were distracted or simply didn't care anymore, since Chrysler had in the previous decade produced so many good designs.
2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible V6 Side
Back up from the bankruptcy mat, Chrysler is bruised but ready to fight again. Until an entirely new wave of Fiat-based mid-size cars can be readied for U.S. consumption, the company has to make the best of its Sebring lineup. It started by ditching the Sebring name, which had become synonymous with automotive lameness, in favor of the benign moniker 200. We've already told you about the new Chrysler 200 sedan, which we drove last November. Now we've been behind the wheel of the 200 convertible, which like the sedan has been restyled and reengineered.
Compared with the Sebring, the 200 gets a new hood, a new grille, new A-pillars, new headlamps, a new trunk lid, and new LED taillamps. The effect is fairly amazing, as the formerly hump-backed atrocity now shimmers with a grace and sense of proportion that utterly eluded it before. We're not talking about a Maserati Gran Turismo sense of beauty and style, but Ugly Betty has lost her braces and is ready for a night on the town.
In addition to being better to look at than the Sebring, the 200 convertible is better to drive. Doug Betts, Chrysler's VP for quality, claims that the 200 convertible is now "more confident, more controlled, and quieter. The rear track is wider," he explains, "and we increased the camber at the rear wheels, installed a thicker rear sway bar, and revised the steering by retuning the valve and stiffing the bushing by 100%."
The previous 2.4-liter four-cylinder remains standard on the entry-level Touring model (the previous LX is gone and, yes, forgotten) and is mated to a six-speed automatic. Chrysler's new Pentastar V-6, also mated to a six-speed automatic, is optional on the 200 Touring and standard on the 200 Limited. With 283 hp, the V-6-powered 200 can get up and go, but it's easy to overwhelm the front-wheel-drive chassis with that much power: stomp on the accelerator as you're merging onto the freeway, for example, and you might induce enough torque steer that the front of the car bobs and weaves like a small boat in high waves. Once you're settled, the 200 tracks straight and rides smoothly. The steering is quick but dead on-center and not very communicative. The brake pedal offers good modulation and response.
2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible Rear Three Quarter
As a convertible, the 200, like its Sebring predecessors, has a lot going for it, starting with the fact that it's roomy and versatile and easily holds four people. Chrysler ditched the Sebring's standard el-cheapo vinyl roof (which was mostly a price leader for rental fleets) but still offers buyers the choice of a traditional fabric roof or a folding metal one. We think it looks better with a genuine ragtop, which is well insulated and without compromise.
Wind management with the top down and the air deflector in place across the rear seats is pretty good, and it's easy to hold a conversation at 75 mph, although there's still plenty of air rushing around behind you. The top's operation is completely automatic, and either top can also be operated remotely via the key fob.
The 200's interior is a huge leap forward from the Sebring's cabin, with simple but thoughtful lines, a nicely styled center stack, and higher-quality materials. The interior door panels are well padded and handsomely French-stitched, but the passenger's door of our tester suffered from a piece of vinyl trim that was bubbling, and the rubber molding at the A-pillar was wavy. Chrysler assures us that both these issues are simply pre-production hiccups.
All in all, the 200 is a commendable effort at fixing a car that sorely needed fixing. While the 200 sedan faces all manner of superb competitors in the mid-size-sedan arena, the 200 convertible, although imperfect, should have an easier time of it, as there aren't that many cars in its class that offer its combination of features, roominess, and price. Speaking of which, the Touring starts at $27,195, including destination, which represents about a $1400 drop from a comparably equipped Sebring; and the Limited starts at $31,990. A Touring model with V-6 seems like the way to go, and that starts at $28,990. The cars go on sale this spring.
2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible Front Three Quarters
2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible
Base Price (Touring/Limited): $27,195/$31,990
Powertrain
Engines: 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4; 3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 173 hp @ 6000 rpm; 283 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 166 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm; 260 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 194.8 x 72.5 x 57.9 in
Legroom F/R: 42.4/33.5 in
Headroom F/R: 38.7/37.0 in
Cargo capacity (top up/down): 13.1/6.6 cu ft
Curb Weight (4-cyl/V-6) 3820/3977 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 4-cyl: 18/29 mpg; V-6: 19/29 mpg
2011 Chrysler 200 Front Three Quarters Driver
Chrysler has refreshed its entire lineup for 2011, which sounds mighty impressive until you remember that the brand has been reduced to just four vehicles in recent years. Despite the small product portfolio, Chrysler's vehicles were in desperate need of updating and among the surviving nameplates, no Chrysler needed as much attention as the Sebring mid-size sedan. From the day it launched in 2007, the Sebring was a vehicle far less competent and compelling than the mid-size stalwarts, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, not to mention the rising class of mid-size cars from Ford, Chevrolet, and Hyundai. To catch up to the pack, Chrysler's designers, engineers, and product planners have given the Sebring a makeover so thorough that the company is giving the car a new name. The Sebring is now the Chrysler 200.
2011 Chrysler 200 Front Three Quarters Driver
Modern, upscale, and unoriginal
Chief among the old Sebring's shortcomings was the fact that the car looked dated from launch, and mild tweaking throughout its life did little to improve its appearance. With the new 200, the design team has significantly altered the front and rear into an all-new, much more modern and upscale look. Up front, there's a new corporate grille, cleaner lines, and slimmer headlights featuring an attractive LED light pipe.
The rear end is blatantly ripped from the Jaguar XF, a comically ambitious influence for a car of the 200's stature. Just as with Britain's fine sport sedan, the 200's red taillamps form C shapes around the clear backup lenses with slivers of red spilling onto the trunk atop a broad horizontal chrome accent strip. The design is so similar you'd think the Chrysler designers were peering over their Jaguar counterparts' shoulders. Despite the unoriginality, the new look is a massive improvement over the stale Sebring, looking much more refined with the subtle trunk lip spoiler and generally clean lines.
The profile, however, still evokes a Ford Focus (or last year's Sebring) with the wedge-like stamping in the doors. A garish 200 badge has sprouted on the C-pillars, muddling the design. Build quality is also reminiscent of the old Chrysler, lagging behind the industry when it comes to manufacturing precision. A quick inspection of the exterior reveals uneven and excessively large gaps between body panels.
A nicer interior, but far from the nicest
The interior has been given almost as much attention as the exterior, though the effect is less dramatic. There are nicer materials, better finishes, and a less cluttered dash, but the style in our all-black test car was underwhelming. The 200 still uses the company's brick-like navigation system rather than the better integrated screens and physical controls used by the competition and the single-piece dash means Chrysler is using fewer accent trim pieces. The driver benefits from new gauges and a smaller-diameter steering wheel, while all passengers enjoy a quieter cabin thanks to acoustic laminated glass now used for the windshield and the front windows.
2011 Chrysler 200 Front Three Quarters Static View
Since the dimensions are unchanged, the 200 maintains its modest width and rear legroom, making the cabin feel like the smallest among mid-size competitors. There are also a few remnants of cost cutting such as the felt-like parcel shelf. Overall, though, the perceived quality of the cabin is much higher.
Foppish four, superb six
Chrysler's unexceptional 2.4-liter four-cylinder carries over from last year with an output of 173 hp and 166 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic is standard in the Touring, Limited, and S trims, but we were shocked to find out that Chrysler will continue to offer a four-speed automatic in the base LX trim. No other major automaker currently offers a four-speed automatic in their mid-size sedan, but Chrysler can lay claim to the lowest price of entry at $19,995. Still, we'd say buyers are better off spending the extra $500 to $1000 to get a better behaved five- or six-speed gearbox. The 200's fuel economy, rated at 20 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with either transmission, is about two ticks behind the class standard in both figures. In the middle of 2011, Chrysler will introduce a third transmission, a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic, available only on the Limited trim four-cylinder model that should improve fuel economy slightly.
The news for V-6 buyers is much better, as the old, 235-hp 3.5-liter V-6 has been dumped in favor of Chrysler's new Pentastar V-6. The 3.6-liter, which first appeared in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, is energetic and refined, and in a smaller vehicle like the 200 it makes a surfeit of power. With 283 hp and 260 lb-ft, it's easy to overwhelm the front tires, but it's nice to have power in reserve. Further enhancing the V-6's appeal is the fuel economy rating of 19/29 mpg, which is only a small drop from the mediocre four-cylinder's figures. All six-cylinder 200s are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Major chassis changes
To address the Sebring's unkempt road manners, engineers have reworked the chassis with changes to the suspension geometry, steering hardware, and bushings, and it pays off with a vehicle that drives far better, both in terms of comfort and handling. The chassis overhaul includes retuned dampers, a slightly lower ride, and stiffer springs. Redesigning 26 of the 30 suspension bushings along with a new steering gear and hydraulic power-assist pump results in sharper turn-in with better feel. These chassis changes substantially improve the character of the 200, moving it from a 1990s-era sedan to one that meets our current expectations. While the 200 isn't as entertaining as a Honda Accord or a Suzuki Kizashi, the suspension changes put the ride and handling on par with mainstream favorites like the Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Malibu.
2011 Chrysler 200 Rear Static
Catching, but not beating the pack
For a mid-cycle update, Chrysler has delivered an exceptional vehicle with the new 200. Unfortunately, the old Sebring didn't have the DNA to deliver a world-class car. It will take an all-new vehicle before we can expect Chrysler to have a leader in the mid-size sedan segment. While the cosmetic and chassis updates lend the 200 credibility, it still suffers from small size, mediocre build quality, and an uninspiring four-cylinder. We're also disappointed to see Chrysler chasing a low starting price rather than top-notch luxury. In all, the 200 is monumentally improved over the outgoing model, but when starting from so far back, it shouldn't be a surprise to find that the 200 still isn't leading the pack.
2011 Chrysler 200 Base price (with dest.): $19,995
As Tested: $27,000 (est.)

OVERVIEW
Body style: 4-door sedan
Accomodation: 5 passenger
Construction: Unibody construction
POWERTRAIN
Engine: 24-valve DOHC V-6
Displacement: 3.6 liters (220 cu in)
Power: 283 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy: 19/29 (city/hwy)
MEASUREMENTS
Headroom f/r: 40.1/38.4 in
Legroom f/r: 42.4/36.2 in
Shoulder room f/r: 56.3/56.0 in
Wheelbase: 108.9 in
Track : 61.7/62.7 in
L x W x H: 191.7 x 72.5 x 58.4 in
Cargo capacity: 13.6 cu ft
Weight: 3559 lb
Fuel capacity: 16.9 gal
Fuel grade: 87 octane
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Chrysler is recalling 2012 Chrysler 200 and Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Charger, Durango, Journey, and Jeep Grand Cherokee models equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 for a potential loss of power.
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Front Three Quarter
A number of models from Chrysler group will be reduced in price for 2012, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, and several others. The Detroit Free Press says the Grand Cherokee will carry the biggest price cut, with over $3000 slashed from the 2011 model’s base price. While new powertrain enhancements help fuel economy, it seems a few convenience feature have been removed from the base model’s standard equipment to facilitate the price drop.
2011 Jeep Wrangler Mojave Front
Chrysler’s post-bankruptcy luck hasn’t run out, as the automaker’s success from last month continued through July. A total of 93,310 units were sold across all of Chrysler’s brands, a gain of 20 percent. With those units added to Chrysler Group’s year-to-date sales, the total thus far comes to 751,958 units sold, an increase of 21 percent compared to last year. Jeep was Chrysler Group’s strongest-selling brand, with 38,691 units sold in July.
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Sales of Chrysler Group vehicles were up 30 percent year-over-year, with 120,394 vehicles sold. This gives Chrysler is best ever June sales since 2007. Year-to-date, Chrysler Group (including the Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram brands) has moved 639,932 vehicles off of its lots and into owners hands, representing a 21 percent year-over-year improvement.

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2011 Chrysler 200 Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
Horsepower:
173 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
166 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
STEERING:COLUMN
Summary
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011DODGE JOURNEY, JEEP WRANGLER, CHRYSLER 200, CHRYSLER 200 CONVERTIBLE, DODGE AVENGER, DODGE NITRO, JEEP LIBERTY, DODGE CALIBER, JEEP COMPASS, JEEP PATRIOT, DODGE GRAND CARAVAN AND CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY VEHICLES. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN BUILT WITH A MISSING OR INCORRECTLY INSTALLED STEERING COLUMN PIVOT RIVET.
Consequences
A MISSING OR INCORRECTLY INSTALLED RIVET COULD COMPROMISE THE ABILITY OF THE STEERING COLUMN TO SUPPORT THE OCCUPANT LOADS IN THE EVENT OF A FRONTAL CRASH, DECREASING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE FRONTAL IMPACT SAFETY SYSTEM. AS A RESULT, THE CONDITION MAY INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR INJURY IN A FRONTAL CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT FOR RIVET PRESENCE AND ALIGNMENT AND REPAIR THE STEERING COLUMN PIVOT AS REQUIRED, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 4, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
Potential Units Affected
11,096
Notes
CHRYSLER GROUP LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Sebring and 200 vehicles manufactured June 28, 2011, through December 13, 2012; model year 2011-2013 Dodge Avenger vehicles manufactured June 25, 2011, through January 14, 2013; model year 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro vehicles manufactured June 17, 2011, through December 15, 2011; and model year 2011-2012 Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured June 17, 2011, through August 15, 2012. Electrical over-stress of a resistor in the occupant restraint control module may lead to the non-deployment of the active head restraints during a rear impact collision.
Consequences
In the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the active head restraints , their non-deployment could increase the risk of injury.
Remedy
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will flash the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) or replace the occupant restraint control module, as needed, free of charge. The recall began on November 19, 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N38.
Potential Units Affected
442,320
Notes
Chrysler Group LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Sebring and 200 vehicles manufactured June 28, 2011, through December 13, 2012; model year 2011-2013 Dodge Avenger vehicles manufactured June 25, 2011, through January 14, 2013; model year 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro vehicles manufactured June 17, 2011, through December 15, 2011; and model year 2011-2012 Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured June 17, 2011, through August 15, 2012. Electrical over-stress of a resistor in the occupant restraint control module may lead to the non-deployment of the active head restraints during a rear impact collision.
Consequences
In the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the active head restraints , their non-deployment could increase the risk of injury.
Remedy
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will flash the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) or replace the occupant restraint control module, as needed, free of charge. The recall began on November 19, 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N38.
Potential Units Affected
442,320
Notes
Chrysler Group LLC


IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2011 Chrysler 200

Depreciation
20.2%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$6,355
20.2%
Insurance
$6,610
21%
Fuel Cost
$10,188
32.3%
Financing
$1,333
4.2%
Maintenance
$4,288
13.6%
Repair Costs
$2,415
7.7%
State Fees
$322
1%
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Value Rating: Poor