Following a full redesign last year, the 200 is almost entirely unchanged for 2016.
Which 200 is the Best?
If price and fuel economy are your top concerns, we suggest going with the Limited trim with the 2.4-liter engine. This model is nicely equipped, and it opens the door to some of the 200's more desirable option packages. If performance is paramount, the 200S V6 is the best choice. It offers the best blend of power and performance without sacrificing luxury and comfort -- plus you get the added benefit of available AWD.
Chrysler offers the 200 in four trims: LX, Limited, 200S and 200C. A V6 engine -- optional on the 200S and 200C trims -- can be equipped with AWD.
The LX ($23,000) includes power windows and locks, keyless entry with push-button starting, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a height-adjustable passenger seat, manual air conditioning, an electronic vehicle-information center, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, automatic headlights with turn-off time delay, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, an AM/FM stereo with four speakers and USB and auxiliary input, a rear defroster, variable wipers, 17-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, a tire-service kit and front reading lights.
The Limited ($25,400) adds a 1-touch up/down feature for the front windows, a Uconnect 5-in touchscreen radio with six speakers, voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, 17-in alloy wheels, a compact spare tire and additional chrome embellishments around the grille and trunk.
The 200S ($26,600) adds steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a sport suspension, cloth- and leather-trimmed sport seats, an 8-way power driver's seat, a 4-way power passenger seat, laminated acoustic front-door glass, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver's side 4-way power-adjustable lumbar support, a 1-year subscription to SiriusXM radio, 18-in aluminum wheels, fog lamps, dual exhaust and heated side mirrors.
The 200S V6 AWD ($30,900) adds a V6 engine and AWD.
Moving up to the 200C ($28,600) replaces the 200S's sport suspension with a softer suspension and deletes the steering-wheel paddle shifters. Other standard features include a 6-way power passenger seat, Nappa leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a humidity sensor, rear air-conditioning vents, a 7-in driver information-display cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-in satin-silver aluminum wheels and exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals.
The 200C V6 AWD ($32,800) adds the V6 engine and AWD.
Options for the 2016 Chrysler 200 are mainly grouped into packages. The LX offers only one significant option: the 5-in Uconnect touchscreen radio with Bluetooth. The Limited offers the Comfort Group, which brings dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a humidity sensor, remote starting and a backup camera. Also available is a power glass moonroof and the Convenience Group, which includes body-colored heated power mirrors, 8-way driver's and 4-way passenger power front seats, a rearview camera and SiriusXM radio.
The 200S and 200C can be equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that will add about $2,000 to the bottom line. The Navigation and Sound Group brings an 8.4-in touchscreen display, GPS navigation, a 506-watt 9-speaker audio system with a powered subwoofer and HD Radio. HID headlights are also offered on both trims as part of the Premium Light package. Stand-alone options include a dual-pane panoramic glass moonroof and a blind spot monitoring system with cross-path warning.
Exclusive to the 200C is the Premium Group, featuring a 115-volt outlet, a heated 2-tone leather steering wheel, ventilated front seats, real wood inlays and memory for the driver's seat, radio presets and exterior mirrors. Also unique to the 200C is the SafetyTec package that adds a blind spot monitoring system, a full-speed-collision warning system, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beam control, parallel- and perpendicular-park assist, adaptive cruise control and rain-sensing wipers.
The Chrysler 200 comes with a complete list of standard safety equipment, including an anti-lock braking system and electronic traction and stability control. Front, front-side impact and full-length side-curtain airbags are included, plus front driver's- and passenger-side knee airbags. Options include just about every modern safety gadget you can think of, ranging from a blind spot monitoring system to rear cross-traffic alert, automatic parallel parking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and a backup camera.
The 200 has not yet completed crash tests carried out by the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It did, however, receive an excellent Top Safety Pick+ score from the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after acing each of that firm's challenging crash tests.
2016 Chrysler 200 vs the competition
2016 Ford Fusion -- The Fusion feels more athletic than the 200, and it offers more powertrain choices, including a hybrid and plug-in hybrid model. The Fusion also provides more interior room.
2016 Kia Optima -- The Optima has a more powerful base engine and offers a better warranty than the 200. It also offers more standard and optional features, such as heated rear seats. The Optima doesn't offer AWD, however.
2016 Mazda6 -- The Mazda6 is a better driver's car than the 200, and its SKYACTIV engine delivers impressive fuel economy. But there is no V6 or AWD option, and the 200's Uconnect infotainment system is far superior to what Mazda currently offers in the Mazda6.