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2015 Chrysler 200: First Drive Page 4

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Chrysler 200 safety and features

Neither the NHTSA or the IIHS have crash-tested the 200 yet, but it will offer new features like a driver knee airbag in its quest for great crash-test scores like those won by the Dart. Blind-spot monitors and parking assist are among the new safety features.

The base 2015 Chrysler 200 LX is priced from $22,695 including destination, pitting against the most affordable mid-size sedans like the Altima. The 200 LX has air conditioning, a full-length console with sliding armrest, overhead storage, keyless entry, LED ambient interior lighting, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, an auxiliary input jack, and USB connectivity. Bluetooth connectivity is available on the LX, but features such as a rearview camera or satellite radio or rear heat ducts are not offered, at all.

The $24,250 Limited models step up to alloy wheels and an audio upgrade, and can be optioned up with packages that include dual-zone climate control, remote start, heated mirrors, a heated steering wheel, a rear backup camera, satellite radio, a power sunroof and 18-inch wheels, among other features.

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.

Chrysler's excellent Uconnect infotainment systems come in different flavors across the lineup. The base 200 LX comes with an AM/FM radio and an LCD readout, period--making the 200 one of the first mass-market vehicles to drop the CD player from its audio features. At the top of the Uconnect ladder is a version with an 8.4-inch touchscreen; Bluetooth; satellite and HD radio; navigation; and app connectivity for everything from music streaming to voice-to-text messaging.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 goes on sale in the spring.

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