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2013 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition: New York Auto Show

author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2013

What is it?

The 200 is Chrysler's midsize sedan, which will soon be up for replacement. The 2013 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition ends the model's run with some style. Setting the Special Edition apart from normal 200 models is a gloss black mesh grille, a chrome grille accent and gloss black wheels. Inside, the sedan includes leather seats, gray stitching and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. There's also a standard Boston Acoustics sound system for music lovers.

How much?

The 200 S Special Edition will start at $28,870.

When can you get it?

Chrysler says the 200 S Special Edition goes on sale "soon." We expect it will arrive in dealers later this spring.

Add it to your shopping list because...

The 2013 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition is a stylish send-off for Chrysler's midsize sedan. Shoppers who want a unique look for their new 4-door would be wise to check out the 200 S Special Edition. That's especially true for drivers looking for a midsize sedan with some power. All 200 S models, including the Special Edition, use Chrysler's highly praised 283-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. Thanks to lightweight construction and a 6-speed automatic, the 200 manges a respectable 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Other cars to consider:

Ford Fusion: The redesigned Fusion is one of the top midsize sedans. While its 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder only has 231 hp, it's almost as quick as the V6-powered 200. And, at 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway, it's more efficient.

Mazda6: Like the 200 S Special Edition, the Mazda6 is a great car for style-conscious shoppers. The latest model is all-new and offers sculpted lines not usually seen on a midsize sedan. The only drawback: There's no V6. But that doesn't stop the Mazda6 from handling like a sports car.

Toyota Camry: The Camry is a longtime favorite among midsize sedan shoppers. The sedan's roomy interior and strong reliability are two reasons for its success. A reasonable starting price of around $23,000 is certainly another.

Used Chrysler 300: If you're looking for style, the bigger 300 has you covered. While new models start around $31,000, a lightly used 300 should be available in the mid-$20,000 range. We recommend at least a 2011 model, since it offers the latest style.

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