2012 Chrysler 200 Review
Despite an overhaul and new name in 2011, test drivers think the 2012 Chrysler 200 still isn’t up to class standards.
The 2012 Chrysler 200 isn’t without its strengths, but reviewers say that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. Available as a sedan or convertible, the 200 has a well-liked, optional V6 engine, good handling, user-friendly audio and climate controls and upscale interior materials.
Despite these attributes, the 200 has some faults, which test drivers feel outweigh its strengths. They dislike its small trunk and cramped interior space, especially compared to other midsize cars that offer more space. Although test drivers like the optional V6 engine’s power, they complain that the car pulls to one side when you punch the gas pedal. The 200 also doesn’t come with standard tech features that are common on other midsize cars, such as Bluetooth and iPod integration.
Test drivers agree that the 2012 Chrysler 200 is a decent car, but they think most affordable midsize cars are better.
Other Cars to Consider
One of the main reviewer complaints in the Chrysler 200 is its cramped interior and small trunk. If you’re looking for a roomy midsize car to haul passengers or cargo, take a look at the Chevrolet Malibu. The Malibu’s back seat is spacious and its trunk is larger than most cars in the class.
Although test drivers think the Chrysler 200’s optional V6 engine is powerful and smooth, they dislike its noticeable torque steer. Reviewers give the Nissan Altima’s optional V6 engine higher praise, saying it is more fun to drive.
Chrysler 200: The Details
The 2012 Chrysler 200 sedan comes in four trim levels: LX, Touring, Limited and S. The 200 Convertible is available in three trims: Touring, Limited and S. The 200 Convertible is offered with the choice of a power cloth top or retractable hard top. The 2012 Chrysler 200 is unchanged from last year, so this review uses some test driver comments from prior reviews. See the full list of Chrysler 200 specs.
- "The new 200, while better looking, just isn't good enough to play with the big boys." -- Motor Trend
- "The convertible appeals for its choice of a soft top or the all-weather security of a power-retractable hard top." -- Consumer Guide
- “The … Chrysler 200 may not be the segment’s best car, but it’s a big improvement over the outgoing Sebring.” -- Road and Track