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2013 Chrysler 200 Preview

2013 Chrysler 200 Preview

By Jeff Youngs, April 08, 2013
Fast Facts:
  • Midsize car
  • Offered as a sedan or convertible
  • S trim level becomes option package
  • Qualifies as IIHS "Top Safety Pick Plus"
  • Three new exterior colors: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, and Cashmere Pearl Coat

Introduction
The Chrysler 200 is a midsize car offered as a 4-door sedan or 2-door convertible. This report covers the sedan. Both body styles come with front-wheel drive and 4- or 6-cylinder power.

The Chrysler 200 sedan competes against some of the best-selling cars on the market, including the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima.

Exterior Features
The Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger share a common platform and engines. Seventeen-inch steel wheels with wheel covers are standard, but higher-line trims offer 18-inch wheels. Higher-line trims have fog lights, and the S Exterior/Interior option package features blacked out trim.

Interior Features
The Chrysler 200 has seating for five on standard cloth upholstery. Other standard interior features include air conditioning, interior air filter, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, driver's seat height and lumbar adjustment, heated power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD stereo, auxiliary input jack, outside-temperature display, and a theft-deterrent system. A standard split-folding rear seat expands the carrying capacity of the 13.6 cubic foot trunk.

Optional Features
In addition to the base model's features, the Touring trim level has automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power driver's seat, satellite radio, trip computer, compass, universal garage door opener, automatic headlights, and alloy wheels. The Limited trim has the 3.6-liter V-6, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Boston Acoustics sound system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote engine starting, and fog lights.

Last year's 200 S trim level becomes the S Exterior/Interior option package this year, making it available for 4-cylinder and V-6-equipped vehicles. It comes with black-finish fog lamp bezels and grille, black-tinted headlights, fog lights, body color door handles and exterior mirrors, unique polished and painted 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, and a perforated leather steering wheel.

Other notable options include a sunroof, navigation system with a music hard drive, USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity.
 
Under the Hood
The 2013 Chrysler 200 comes with a choice of two engines. The base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder produces 173 horsepower and 166 lb.-ft. of torque. It is paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission in the base model and 6-speed automatic with Chrysler's AutoStick manual shift capability in the Touring trim. A flex-fuel-capable 3.6-liter V-6 is standard in the 200 Limited. It delivers 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and is available only with a 6-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Chrysler 200 are:

  • 200 with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and 4-speed automatic transmission: 21/29/24 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • 200 with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission: 20/31/23 mpg
  • 200 with 3.6-liter V-6 engine: 19/29/22 mpg

Safety
In addition to a host of standard safety features, the 2013 Chrysler 200 has active front head restraints and brake assist.

In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests, the 2013 Chrysler 200 sedan received 4 stars (out of 5) overall, posting 4-star scores for the frontal crash and rollover tests and 3 stars in the side-impact test. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, the 2013 Chrysler 200 sedan received a rating of "Good" (the Institute's best rating) in the moderate front overlap, side impact, roof strength, and rear crash protection tests. It also scored an "Acceptable" rating in the new small overall front crash test, qualifying it as a "Top Safety Pick Plus," the Institute's highest honor.

Technology
The Chrysler 200 is offered with three audio/entertainment systems. The base system, called Media Center 130, can play CDs and MP3 files and comes with an auxiliary input jack. Media Center 430 can play DVDs, has a 6.5-inch touch screen, and adds a 40-gigabyte hard drive with 28 GB of music file storage. It also adds Gracenotes Music ID tagging. Media Center 730N adds a navigation system, voice commands, Bluetooth streaming audio, USB port, and one year of Sirius/XM Travel Link with real-time traffic information.

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