Auto review by Veeno Dewan
Another recent addition to growing and somewhat impressive Chrysler line up is the new mid-size Chrysler 200 sedan. Looking sharp in it glossy black paint our test 200 featured smart conservative looks An up market chrome grille, neat restrained lines and a tidy rear fascia hint at more mature approach to styling. The 200 is not aggressive or gimmicky and is finally free of the cross hair grille! Likewise the The Chrysler 200 pretty much replaces the Chrysler Sebring.
The 200 does actually offer excellent value with a $19,995 price for the four-cylinder model and V6 version, starting at $25,895 for the 200 Touring. These prices make both models one of the affordable midsize cars on the Canadian market. The LX base model arrives well equipped with as standard equipment including LED driving lights and taillights, along with ambient LED interior lighting. Wheels are 17-inch steel with wheel covers, and the steering column both tilts and telescopes.
Other standard features include air conditioning, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, remote keyless entry, power windows, locks and mirrors (heated), and a leather wrapped shift knob. Available options include electronic stability control ($500), six speed automatic transmission ($695), 17-inch aluminum wheels, Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity (Uconnect).
The LX with a six-speed automatic transmission and 17-inch aluminum wheels is an extra $995.
Stepping up to the $23,995 Touring model brings a range of additional features including 17-inch aluminum wheels, eight-way power driver’s seat, heated seats, automatic headlamps, electronic stability control, remote start, automatic climate control and Sirius satellite radio. A great option is the excellent 3.6-litre “Pentastar” V6 engine with six-speed automatic transmission. And a very impressive 283 horsepower and improved city/highway fuel consumption of 11.0/6.8 L/100 km.
Other “Touring” options include plush leather seats, a full navigation screen integrated with Chrysler’s uConnect media hub. Generally up market interior design cues abound with good clear instruments and attractive and soft touch materials around the cabin.
On the road, the Chrysler 200 is impressive with good acceleration and a smooth, enjoyable ride. Handling is refined without excessive body roll. I liked the roomy front cabin and the attention to detail which makes the Chrysler 200 look more up market inside. The rear cabin was a hit with passengers being very spacious and combined with a high roof lends an air of relaxation and class to the 200.
Overall a very well engineered and competent replacement for the Sebring.
2011 Chrysler 200 Sedan priced from $17,995 to $ 26,995
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