(EXAMPLE) Seat Time: 2015 Chrysler 200

2015 Chrysler 200 Limited

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Manufacturer: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Make: Chrysler
Model: 200
Model Range: 4-door sedan
Competitors: Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima
Trim Levels: LX, Limited, 200S, 200C
Price Range: $22,695 LX; $24,250 Limited; $25,490 200S; $26,990 200C
Made in: Sterling Heights, MI
Drivetrain: 2.4L I-4, 184hp; 3.6L V6, 295hp; 9-speed automatic transmission
EPA Ratings: Not Available

Read on for Seamus McElroy‘s final impressions of this vehicle

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Notable Features:

  • 2015 Chrysler 200CNew exterior and interior design
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Rotary gear selector
  • 11 different exterior color choices
  • Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus – can bring vehicle to a stop without driver

Final Impression:
The mid-size sedan segment is one of the largest and most competitive in the U.S. That’s why Chrysler desperately needed to update the 200. And the new one holds up to the competition.

The styling is more elegant and upscale than the previous model and features a new signature grille with the winged Chrysler logo. If it looks somewhat reminiscent to the Dodge Dart, there’s a reason for that. The 200 and Dart, along with the Jeep Cherokee, all share a platform and some components. Inside is just as nice, with soft touch materials in all the right spots and the layout of the climate and infotainment controls creates a nice cockpit-like feel.

Two engines are available. A 2.4L Tigershark inline 4-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. of torque, which Chrysler says is 13 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. And a 3.6L Pentastar V6 with 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, is also offered. Both engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The 200 is offered in both front and all-wheel drive. I drove both engines with front-wheel drive. Each engine performed well in the hilly, twisty back roads of Kentucky. The 4-cylinder was particularly impressive and isn’t that much of a step down from a power standpoint from the V6.

Overall I liked the new 200, it’s definitely a step up from the previous model. But as I mentioned it’s in a very competive segment, so the company is going to have to find a way to break through and get the attention of car buyers.