2015 Chrysler 200 Review Consumer Reports
The 2015 Chrysler 200 debuts a beautiful exterior design featuring the new “face” of the Chrysler brand – a thoughtful, exquisitely crafted interior and an exceptional driving experience, complements of a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission and an Alfa Romeo-based chassis.If you go back to 2011, it was the Chrysler 200 that was featured in a Super Bowl commercial that put a spotlight on The D. Many people in the city literally cried when they saw that two-minute spot. It perfectly mixed Motor City with Motown. The beat was hard, the visuals gritty, and it was very moving when the choir sang to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” at the end. It was a defining moment.The 2015 Chrysler 200 is designed, engineered and built with pride in Michigan. With a major investment of more than $1 billion, Chrysler Group’s Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant (SHAP), once slated for closure, sports an all-new paint shop using leading-edge technology, a new, fully robotic body shop and an upgraded assembly area, setting the stage for the world-class craftsmanship found in the all-new 200.Simple elegance, an exhilarating driving experience, state-of-the-art and easy-to-use technology and beautifully crafted, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 charts a new course for mid-size sedan customers who have earned a little luxury in their life, but demand value for their money.
Chrysler 200 Performance
For Chrysler 200 Performance, the 200 depends on the same drivetrains found in the Dart and in the Jeep Cherokee. It’s very powerful in V-6 trim, pretty well-damped in most situations, but not the sharpest carving tool in the family-sedan set. The standard motor is a 2.4-liter “Tigershark” four-cylinder that produces 184 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. –so long as you opt for acoustic glass–but the 295-hp V-6and 262 lb-ft of torque is the very strong counterpunch to turbo-four offerings elsewhere. Manual-shift modes and paddles stir the best of the V-6 to the top of the mix, but there’s torque steer unless you also opt into all-wheel drive.
The new Tigershark 2.4-liter MultiAir2 four-cylinder engine produces 184 horsepower, 173 lb.-ft. of torque and delivers excellent estimated fuel economy of 35 mpg highway. The new standard Tigershark engine, that powers the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200, delivers fuel economy improvements of 13 percent, horsepower improvements of 6 percent and torque improvements of 10 percent compared with the outgoing four-cylinder engine.
The base Chrysler 200 sports a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a nine-speed automatic, which send their power to the front wheels, just as the same drivetrain team does in the Dodge Dart and in some versions of the Jeep Cherokee. The four’s rated at 184 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. It’s pleasant to pull the four through its powerband, even though the automatic doesn’t allow any shifting of the semi-manual variety. It’s always optimizing shifts for road conditions and above all, for fuel economy, and as a result it’s not difficult to drive smoothly. You’ll want to order the optional acoustic glass with this drivetrain, we think, to damp out any typical four-cylinder noise.
With the optional 3.6-liter V-6, the Chrysler 200 barrels ahead of some sedans that come only with four-cylinder engines. Rated at 295 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, this Chrysler 200 has some of the strongest acceleration in the segment. It also has some noticeable torque steer, at least in front-drive versions. It’s potentially cured by the 200’s optional all-wheel-drive system, which can send up to 60 percent of the torque to the rear wheels, but we weren’t able to test that model.
2015 Chrysler 200 Interior Exterior
The interior of the 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan provides the “wow” factor. Exquisitely crafted with high-quality materials and attention to detail, the 2015 200 sedan’s interior is inviting and comfortable and rewards drivers and passengers on commutes as well as longer journeys. Using four key principles – an emotional design impact, use of high-quality materials with honest material execution, state-of-the-art technology and clever storage features – and inspired by classic, thoughtful American design, the interior of the all-new 200 sedan is unequaled in the segment.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan features interior trim and materials that are well-crafted, pleasing to the eye, soft to the touch and comprised of high-quality materials. Attention to detail is paramount and attractive components offer world-class levels of fit and finish. Chrysler uses some interesting design features to maximize space inside the 200. The merging of the center stack on the dashboard and the center console between the seats is more effective here than in other cars where this trick has been employed (think Lincoln MKZ) largely due to the functionality of the shifter and location of the electronic parking brake button, both of which are quite intuitive.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 is loaded with state-of-the-art, high-tech features and amenities that will surprise and delight customers. The available 7-inch LED full-color instrument cluster allows drivers to receive information and feedback in the format they prefer, similar to an iPhone. A glowing bezel surrounding the instrument cluster gives off a distinctive, pleasing blue glow. The available screens show information such as real-time fuel economy, turn-by-turn navigation, compass, outside temperature, speed, time and other useful information. The display is easy to use and easy-to-read, which allows drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 features the available award-winning Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia command center. It is attractive, intuitive and easy to use. Uconnect Access keeps drivers and passengers connected with helpful information such as fuel prices and movie listings. Voice-activated navigation, handsfree voice commands and voice-to-text are some of the available features that allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
An exquisite yet simple exterior design featuring sensuous lines and the new “face” of Chrysler, and an elegant, well-crafted interior are the hallmarks of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan.Clean lines and expressive surfaces highlight the coupe-like appearance of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 exterior. Inspired by nature and classic American design. “The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 redefines the exterior design philosophy for the Chrysler brand. We developed an elegant composition of forms that feature clean yet expressive surfaces,” said Brandon Faurote, Head of Chrysler Brand Design – Chrysler Group LLC. “The 2015 Chrysler 200 is the debut of the new face of Chrysler which is confidently American. It features a new signature design element that cradles the proudly displayed Chrysler wing badge and travels visually into the headlamps. The coupe-like silhouette flows seamlessly into the deck lid and conveys a sense of speed for a very dramatic, emotional appeal.”
A signature light pipe or available full-LED daytime running lamps (DRL), LED fog lamps and standard LED tail lamps give the all-new Chrysler 200 a distinctive, recognizable look coming or going. The new DRL debuts a new shape for the 200, starting in the top corner, moving down and then inward, artfully wrapping around the headlamps. The LED package delivers crisp, clean white lighting in all forward lighting positions.
2015 Chrysler 200 LX, Limited and C models all feature bright trim in the upper and lower grille of the front fascia, daylight opening (DLO), the area surrounding the side windows, and rear fascia.The rear of the all-new 2015 200 has a wide stance, an integrated spoiler and bright trim in the lower rear fascia. The exhaust tips are mounted-in-fascia, delivering precise fit and finish.The available 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels complete the look. The 200S model’s sinister look and feel complements the sportier driving experience the S model delivers.
Chrysler 200 Price
The base 2015 Chrysler 200 LX will start at just $21,700—or $22,695 with destination—which makes it one of the most affordable mid-size sedans.
With a base price of $22,695, the Chrysler 200 LX is competitively priced and equipped, when compared to other mid-size sedans. Standard features on this base model.
Step up to the $24,250 Chrysler 200 Limited, and you’ll get a better audio system and alloy wheels. Option packages on this model include remote start, dual-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel and heated mirrors, a rearview camera, satellite radio, a power sunroof, and 18-inch wheels.
The $25,490 Chrysler 200 S models get a sportier look, plus fog lamps, heated mirrors, 18-inch wheels, a sport suspension, and other upgrades. Options include the V-6, all-wheel drive, a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels, and navigation.
Top $26,990 200 C models heap on additional features that include a garage-door opener and upgraded materials and trims—and they can be optioned with packages including HID headlamps, LED fog lamps and running lamps, ventilated front seats, the open-pore wood interior, and a SafetyTec package. Options are very similar to those on the 200 S.
2015 Chrysler 200 MPG
Chrysler says fuel economy in the 200 sedan has gone up by as much as 7 percent over the previous car’s ratings. The boost in fuel economy is delivered through all kinds of channels of efficiency, from the 200’s nine-speed automatic to its slippery 0.27 coefficient of drag.
The numbers still are lower than many mid-size sedans with larger interiors. The four-cylinder 200 earns an EPA rating of 23 miles per gallon city, 36 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined. The Nissan Altima, the current class leader in non-hybrid models, earns an EPA highway rating of 38 mpg with its four-cylinder engine and CVT.
The 200’s optional six-cylinder is paired with the same six-speed automatic as the four. That version is scored at 19/32 mpg, or 23 mpg combined–closer to the marks set by the V-6 Altima and Fusion turbo fours. With all-wheel drive, though, the numbers fall to 18/29 mpg, or 22 mpg combined–about what you’d get from a diesel Grand Cherokee.
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