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in 2011 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $11,265 - $17,629
Original MSRP: N/A
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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2011 Chrysler 200 Performance

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The 2011 Chrysler 200 makes great strides in performance over the old Sebring. While reviewers complain about the lackluster base engine and its standard four-speed automatic, they give credit to the redone suspension work that gives the 200 a somewhat sporty nature. Reviewers also like the new and powerful Pentastar V6.

  • "The front wheels aren’t overburdened in general driving situations; a twisty road is now enjoyable." -- Road and Track
  • "Perhaps the biggest change for the better is the 200's retuned suspension, which yields vastly improved handling." – Cars.com
  • "The steering is responsive and had good on-center feel for the long, flat straightaway that constitutes the middle of California.” -- Detroit Free Press
  • "If you want an incredibly quick front-wheel drive sedan, Chrysler has the car for you for cheap." – Motor Trend

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 Chrysler 200 is offered with two engine options. The base engine is an inline four-cylinder that makes 173 horsepower. While reviewers find power adequate from the four-cylinder, they really don’t like its four-speed automatic gearbox. The optional 3.6-liter V6 garners more praise from reviewers, though not much more. Though they admit the 283-horsepower engine helps the 200 move with gusto, they also say it induces torque steer. This engine is connected to a six-speed automatic, which reviewers don’t talk about much.

  • "We expected more torque steer than was actually demonstrated under vigorous acceleration, and the transmission hangs onto the higher gears more insistently to aid fuel economy.” -- Car and Driver
  • "The V-6 produces very noticeable torque steer when you floor the pedal, but acceleration is not overly impressive.” -- Detroit Free Press
  • "That much power (did we mention the 260 pound-feet of torque) leads to some pretty severe torque steer." -- Motor Trend

Handling and Braking

Where the old Sebring was strictly a highway cruiser, the new 200 adds a little driving verve. While the 200 doesn’t handle as well as the best in its class, it can maintain composure when the road turns. If handling is important to you, be sure to check out the Mazda 6 or Suzuki Kizashi.

  • "Unlike the Sebring that would tend to flop over in a corner, the 200 leans proportionally to its speed.” -- Road and Track
  • "The old Sebring drove with the enthusiasm of a 10-year-old Buick LeSabre. The 200 darts through corners with far more liveliness, less wallow, and less need for correction." – Car and Driver
  • “Body motions are well-controlled when cornering, and the car doesn't bob up and down when you hit dips in the road." -- Cars.com
  • “The suspension kept the car stable on curving coastal roads. It cushioned impacts from rough pavement well, but the car developed a rocking ride over more widely spaced bumps." – Detroit Free Press

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