Though in many ways still a Sebring, the 2011 Chrysler 200 makes it a point to put as much distance between it and its predecessor as possible. The midsize sedan features a bigger grille is bigger and projector-style headlights that give the front a new angle, while the rear features a sleeker look with slimmer taillights and a fresh rear fascia. Even the Chrysler badging has taken a new direction. The 200 also has LEDs just about everywhere — LED taillights are joined by an LED high-mounted brakelight at rear and LEDs accent the headlights up front.
Sitting beneath the hood is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the base 2.4-liter inline-four. An old-school four-speed automatic transmission will be offered at the lower end of the lineup, but a six-speed auto will otherwise be standard gear-changing fare.
The $19,995 Chrysler 200 LX may continue to be a rental car special, with its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed automatic. The 200 Touring is $2000 more, but Chrysler is still keeping quiet on what exactly separates the trim levels. Regardless of whether you choose cloth or leather seats, all 200s have a new seat design with more cushion material and revised spring geometry.
The 200 Limited will retail for $24,495, or $1630 more than a 2010 Chrysler Sebring Limited. An S model will arrive later.