Used Car: 2011 Chrysler 200 Review
The 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan is an acceptable used midsize car, but the automotive press agreed that besides it high safety scores, most competitors outshine the 200 in nearly every way.
The 2011 Chrysler 200 is ranked:
The 2011 Chrysler 200 ranks toward the bottom of the 2011 midsize car class, but its high safety scores may cause some buyers to rethink crossing the 200 off their list. The 200 was introduced as the replacement for the 2010 Chrysler Sebring, and when the 200 was new, reviewers said it fixed many of the Sebring’s problems. They liked the 200’s handsome styling, strong available V6 engine and composed handling.
Auto critics agreed that the main area where the 200 falls short is its interior. They particularly disliked the uncomfortable seats, subpar passenger space, small trunk and cheap cabin materials. Though the majority of reviewers liked the available V6 engine’s power, a few test drivers reported severe torque steer, which is when the power from the engine starts to change the direction of the car by pulling it to one side. Overall, auto critics thought the 2011 Chrysler 200 was a big improvement over the Sebring, but the 200 still can’t compete within the class.
The front-wheel drive 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan has either a four- or six-cylinder engine, both of which are paired to a four- or six-speed automatic transmission. The 2011 Chrysler 200 is also available as a convertible with a power-retractable hardtop or a soft top. The 200 Convertible features the same engine and transmission lineup as the 200 Sedan. Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control are standard on the 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan. Convertible models have the same standard safety features as sedan models.
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers agreed that the 2011 Honda Accord is a sure thing if you’re shopping for a practical, reliable and safe midsize car. The Accord beats the 2011 Chrysler 200 with a better reliability rating, and was well-liked by test drivers when it was new. They said that the Accord offered a spacious cabin, strong performance and good fuel economy, which makes it a well-rounded option among used midsize cars. The 2011 Accord isn’t available as a convertible, but a coupe model is available.
We named the 2011 Ford Fusion the 2011 Best Affordable Midsize Car for Families, in part due to its voluminous interior and trunk, solid safety ratings and excellent performance. Available safety features like Ford’s MyKey help parents monitor their teen driver’s habits and set limits for speed and radio volume. The Fusion’s reliability is much better than the 200’s, though it doesn’t come in a convertible model. Still, the Fusion’s many attributes led critics to agree that it’s one of the best cars in its class.