Attractive styling; user-friendly Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system; sharp handling; powerful optional V6; one of few midsize sedans that offer all-wheel drive
The 200 goes unchanged for 2017 apart from a reorganization of its trim levels, plus the elimination of last year's 90th Anniversary edition.
Go big, or look somewhere else. Really, it's only when loaded with its powerful V6, its rare all-wheel-drive system, the sport-tuned 200S suspension and/or some fancier interior trappings that the Chrysler 200 really has the opportunity to stand apart from its competition. It can be a special car -- you just have to pay a lot to make it so.
The 2017 Chrysler 200 is available in six trims: LX, Touring, Limited Platinum, 200S, 200S Alloy Edition and 200C Platinum. There are also Limited and 200C trims exclusive to fleet customers, which we will not address.
The LX ($22,100) includes 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, keyless start, air conditioning, height-adjustable front seats, a USB port and a 4-speaker sound system. A 5-inch touchscreen, satellite radio and Bluetooth can be added in the Uconnect 5.0 package.
The Touring ($22,100) includes Uconnect 5.0 plus 17-in alloy wheels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Convenience Group option package adds a rearview camera and a power driver's seat.
The Limited Platinum ($24,600) adds LED running lights, upgraded exterior and interior trim, heated front seats, leather seating, a 6-speaker stereo and the 8.4-in Uconnect touchscreen that can be upgraded with an optional navigation system.
The 200S ($25,700) adds 18-in wheels, a sport suspension, fog lamps, heated mirrors, cloth- and leather-trimmed sport seats and laminated acoustic front-door glass. It reverts to the Uconnect 5.0 system, but 8.4 is available as an option along with a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, full leather seating, xenon headlamps, navigation and a 9-speaker sound system. Those items are available in a series of packages, some of which are also available on the Limited Platinum.
There is also the 200S Alloy Edition ($25,700), which simply adds special matte-bronze trim to places that would normally be silver.
Moving up to the 200C Platinum ($27,600) reverts to the standard seats and a comfort-tuned suspension but adds most of the 200S optional equipment (the sunroof, ventilated seats and navigation being key items that remain optional). A package of accident-avoidance technologies is available only on the 200C Platinum, as is the Premium Group, which ups the 200's cabin to its greatest possible heights with upgraded trim, driver memory settings, a 2-tone heated steering wheel, upgraded leather seating and front ventilated seats.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2017 Ford Fusion -- The Ford Fusion is really the car the 200 could be: handsome to look at, athletic to drive and surprisingly luxurious inside but with ample passenger space and a lineup of strong, fuel-efficient engines (including hybrids).
2017 Mazda6 -- The attractive Mazda6 is a better driver's car than the 200, and its 4-cylinder engine delivers strong acceleration and impressive fuel economy. But there is no V6 or all-wheel-drive option, and the 200's Uconnect infotainment system is far superior to what Mazda currently offers in the Mazda6.
2017 Subaru Legacy -- For those who are interested in the 200's all-wheel drive but would prefer it with a more efficient engine at a lower price, the Legacy's your only choice. Luckily, it offers generous space, good quality, easy-to-use controls and a comfortable driving experience.