2016 Chrysler 200 Review Aug 25, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The stylish 2016 Chrysler 200 is an ideal midsize sedan for those who want a luxurious model filled with premium features. This might come as a shock to automotive enthusiasts given the criticism this sedan has suffered over the years. However, the Chrysler 200 is worth a second look and the model was completely redesigned for the previous model year with a sleek appearance and improved interior. Changes for the 2016 version were limited to minor tweaks and a special 90th Anniversary Package. This is the last year of production so buyers can also expect a discounted price at the dealership.
Depending on the trim level that you choose for the Chrysler 200, you can pick from two engines. The base 2.4L four-cylinder generates 184 horsepower and a torque of 173 pound-feet. The 2.4L “world engine” generated legitimate complaints that helped to sour the model’s reputation, however, all but the standard trim level also offer a 3.6L Pentastar V6 with 295 horsepower and 262 pound-feet. The V6 is more than worth the price for the improved power and longevity. Either way, you get a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission and front-wheel drive with the option of all-wheel drive on models with the V6. The transmission also received criticism from automotive journalists, however. However, the transmission is a minor issue in an otherwise comfortable drive.
The V6 engine is highly recommended as the way to go, as you will always have more than enough power without any feeling of sluggishness. The aerodynamic style has a low drag coefficient and decent, if not spectacular, fuel economy. The car is also exceptionally quiet with a nice exhaust note when you push it to its limits. The ride quality is important in a luxury vehicle, and the Chrysler 200 delivers, with little vibration, noise, and good suspension. Opting for the Chrysler 200S gives you paddle shifters that enhance the driving feel. Any model with a V6 engine will also have a Sport mode that enhances the transmission and engine responses and increases the steering effort slightly. At the same time, the base trim delivers similar drive feel and ride quality.
The 2016 Chrysler 200 almost always includes a 5-inch touchscreen and connectivity for Bluetooth, along with standard auxiliary audio input and a USB interface. Higher trims replace this touchscreen with a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen as part of the Uconnect infotainment system, the largest touchscreen in the class. This screen comes with smartphone integration, satellite radio, and an upgraded instrument panel. You can also get a navigation system on the top two trims.
Every Chrysler 200 comes with antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, side curtain airbags, front passenger and driver knee airbags, and front side airbags, culminating in a five-star NHTSA Safety Rating. Above the base LX, each trim comes with a standard rearview camera, as well. You can even configure your Chrysler 200 to include a blind-spot warning system along with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning plus mitigation featuring automatic braking, and lane departure warning and intervention.
Premium Interior Features
If you’re interested in a luxury vehicle configuring the Chrysler 200 with the Premium Group Package is well worth the price for the striking real wood inlays and upgraded upholstery. Even the standard cloth upholstery is comfortable, although it isn’t quite as elegant. The open storage area underneath the controls is perfect for a phone or even tablet, and the rubber mat helps prevent items from sliding around. Other available luxury features in this Chrysler include leather on the steering wheel, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, driver memory settings, ventilated front seats, and enhanced power adjustment for the front seats. You can even enjoy a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, so all passengers get to look up at the sky.
Despite the bad press, the Chrysler 200 is a reasonable choice for a midsize luxury sedan. Given the current range of incentives and deals, you might want to reconsider this car when you’re looking for your next vehicle.