2013 Chrysler 200 Review
Auto writers think an upgraded suspension and steering make the Chrysler 200 one of the most nimble cars in the class, but low fuel economy estimates keep it from ranking higher.
The 2013 Chrysler 200 sedan is powered by a four-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission (a six-speed automatic is available), or a V6 and six-speed automatic. The convertible offers the same engines, but the base four-cylinder model comes standard with the six-speed automatic. The base four-cylinder 200 sedan with the four-speed automatic gets 21/29 mpg city/highway, which is one of the lowest ratings in the class. Critics think the four-cylinder engine has adequate power, but they prefer the V6 for the strong acceleration it provides. Chrysler upgraded the 200’s steering and suspension for 2013, and critics are impressed. They say that the 200 is fun to drive on a twisty road, and one test driver even says the handling is among the best in the class.
The cabin gets high marks from reviewers for its upscale materials and good build quality. Critics think the Chrysler 200 sedan’s back seat is short on legroom, and they note that its trunk is on the small side for a midsize sedan. Although the 200 convertible has a smaller trunk than the 200 sedan, it is big for a convertible. Auto writers say that even with the top down, it can hold a few bags, which is rare for a hardtop convertible. Test drivers think the 200’s tech features are intuitive, with one saying the available navigation system is very easy to use. An auxiliary audio jack and heated fold-away mirrors are standard on the base model. The 200 can be equipped with features like navigation, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, remote engine start, Boston Acoustics speakers and Chrysler’s Uconnect voice-controlled touch-screen infotainment system.
- "If you're looking for class-leading fuel economy or a state-of-the-art 4-cylinder engine, the 200 isn't the best choice." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "With its available V6 engine, the Chrysler 200 impresses for its power and fuel economy. The interior presents well for materials quality but not so much for passenger room. " -- 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 (2011)
- "The new 200, while better looking, just isn't good enough to play with the big boys." -- Motor Trend (2011)
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers like the Hyundai Sonata’s spacious interior and trunk, as well as its sleek design. The Sonata’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine has almost as much horsepower as the 200’s V6 and is more fuel-efficient.
If class-leading fuel economy is a priority, the Nissan Altima should be on your list. In addition, test drivers think it is one of the most athletic cars in the class, and they say its cabin is plenty roomy and comfortable.
Details: 2013 Chrysler 200
The five-seat 2013 Chrysler 200 sedan comes in three trim levels: LX, Touring and Limited. The four-seat 200 convertible is available in three trims: Touring, Limited and S. The convertible has either a power cloth top or retractable hard top. The 200 was last redesigned in 2011. Since it hasn’t changed much since then, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 and 2012, as well as the current model year.