In a playground ruled by perennial stalwarts like the Honda Accord, Mazda 6 and Toyota Camry, Chrysler decided to slap a “Do Not Resuscitate” on the underwhelming and un-sexy Sebring because it just wasn’t making the cut and was always getting picked last, if it was even picked at all. They finally got the message and scrapped the old model, completely re-designing a new player in the mid-size car segment, the new Chrysler 200. Chrysler’s new entry to the mid-size car shark tank is a pretty good one. Here are the top three reasons why we think you’ll love it.
The new 200 is definitely a looker
The new design of the Chrysler 200 won’t leave you scratching your head anymore. The stunning curves and contours on the 2015 model just flow in all the right places. Chrysler took pains in making the new body more aerodynamic as well, and if you look at the new 200 from the side, it actually resembles a coupe. With its low, sloping rear, the car looks fast and mean standing still.
Combine all this with the low profile 18 inch rims (or the optional 19 inchers on the S) and you’ve got yourself a sleek looking sedan. The new front fascia is more confident and refined. With Chrysler’s new emblem emblazoned in the front grille and seemingly just floating there, there’s no mistaking this car for any other car in this crowded segment.
Fly like a V6
The Chrysler 200 comes in two engine flavors, the base 2.4 liter in-line 4 that pumps out 184-horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque and the monstrous (but a little bit dated) 3.6 liter V6 powerplant that produces 295-horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Both are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission (yes, NINE) that helps a bit in the fuel efficiency department. There’s also optional AWD, which makes it more fun and turns things up a notch, especially in snow.
The base four-banger is more than adequate and has no problems cruising and passing other cars on the highways. It’s can also hang with its more fuel efficient rivals if push comes to shove, largely in part because of the 9-speed gear box. But if you want a little bit more oomph rumbling under the hood, then the Pentastar V6 is what the doctor ordered. The Chrysler 200S with all-wheel drive zoomed from 0-60 mph in just 6.2 seconds, making it one of the fastest mid-sized sedans armed with a V6 engine.
It’s loaded with Tech
If you’re a technophobe that can’t parallel park, this may be the car for you. If you’re uber concerned about safety and want every single piece of safety equipment in your car, this may be the car for you. If you…OK, I think you get the point. This car is LOADED with technology. I mean, sure, there are other makes and models that can park the car for you, or help you avoid a collision, but none of their tech works as well as the ones found on the Chrysler 200.
When you’re about to park, just push a button and the car’s sensors will do everything for you. All you have to do is follow the prompts on the cool graphics that’ll pop out on the dash. The lane departure-prevention system is ferocious, and will fight like hell to keep the car straight. The optional SafetyTec package gives you adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warning system, the aforementioned lane departure warning and keeping assist system, an automated parking system, automatic high-beam control and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Not too shabby for an additional $1,295.
Take Away with everything on it
But will Chrysler finally threaten the status quo and shake this segment to its core? There is no definitive answer to that –yet. We still have to wait for the mid-year sales report and see if the new look Chrysler 200 becomes the new Alpha in the playground. But this car will appeal to buyers who want to own something different. So, if you want to stand out from the rest of the Accord and Camry driving sheep, get the Chrysler 200S with everything on it. You won’t be disappointed.