New 2016 Chrysler 200 at Kayser Chrysler Center for Sauk City, WI
The 200 is Chrysler's entry in the competitive family-sedan arena, but it resides at the bottom of the pack due to its lack of refinement. Although basically a stretched Dart, the rear seat is cramped. A coarse 184-hp four-cylinder is standard; a 295-hp V-6 is optional. Both have front-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic; the V-6 offers all-wheel drive as optional-a rarity in this segment. Too much weight, slow steering, and a lack of precision keep the V-6 from being a performance standout.
Under the 200's Hood
The 2016 Chrysler 200 with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine's 184 horsepower shows up in full force, and there is a refinement that is experienced with other 4-cylinders in this segment. Thankfully, the 200 has a savior in the form of its available 3.6-liter V6 engine, one of the most powerful and efficient V6s offered in a family sedan. Teamed with Chrysler's new 9-speed automatic, the V6-powered 200 goes from mild-mannered 4-door to athletic touring sedan, especially when the transmission is placed in Sport mode. Steering is extremely precise and the handling is better than most in this class. Those seeking the ultimate driving experience will want the 200S model for its sport-tuned suspension and more aggressive wheel-and-tire package.
Design of Chrysler 200
Chrysler 200 models get a sportier look that includes plus fog lamps, bigger 18-inch wheels, a sport suspension, and other upgrades. Mirrors are heated, too. Meanwhile, top 200 models heap on additional features, and the top Uconnect system now includes a Drag and Drop Menu Bar, Siri Eyes Free compatibility, and a 'Do Not Disturb' function that temporarily blocks calls and texts. Limited models step up to alloy wheels and an audio upgrade, and they can be optioned up with packages that include dual-zone climate control, remote start, heated mirrors, a heated steering wheel, and satellite radio, among other features.
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The 2016 Chrysler 200 is a fully baked product, and drivers with sporting intentions will find it a little on the light side of hearty. The 200 has the Bentley street presence of its larger 300 sidekick too. It is a segment that is flush with blue-ribbon entries that manage to mix four-door practicality with genuine fun-to-drive character. Give us a call for more information on the 2016 Chrysler 200!