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Reviewed by Bengt Halvorson
Deputy Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$18,765
BASE MSRP
$18,995
Quick Take
The 2012 Chrysler 200 sedan and Convertible models are comfortable, stylish, and a decent value; but they're still far from best in class. Read more »
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The Sebring’s chiseled—chiseled by Fred Flintstone, that is—face becomes cleaner, more sweeping, and more organic.

Car and Driver »

A completely new grille, new headlights, and different taillights (LEDs on all but the LX) help distinguish the 200 from the Sebring.

Motor Trend »

Sitting at roadside, the 200 all looks very much better in detail than the Sebring, and yet something about it—the roofline or the proportions or something un-fixable, still says "Sebring" at first glance.

Popular Mechanics »

The effect is fairly amazing, as the formerly hump-backed atrocity now shimmers with a grace and sense of proportion that utterly eluded it before.

Automobile »

The exterior design certainly is an improvement over the Sebring and likewise, the interior is a couple of notches better as well.

AutoWeek »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$18,995 $32,450
MSRP $18,995
INVOICE $18,765 Browse used listings in your area
4-Door Sedan LX
Gas Mileage 21 mpg City/30 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I4, 2.4L
EPA Class Midsize Cars
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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The Basics:

Just a year after its introduction, the Chrysler 200 mid-size lineup is arguably already better-established than the longtime Sebring models they replaced--thanks to a well-implemented ad campaign, and Eminem. But as fresh as the marketing was, the actual car is strictly a holdover, bridging the gap between the somewhat disastrous Sebring and this sedan's Lancia-based replacement that's probably due sometime next year.

The 2012 Chrysler 200 and 200 Convertible do carry over with the Sebring's bones, but they do away with its overwrought styling, low-buck interiors and stiff ride. Only fleet sales kept the Sebring from being a total disaster, but the reformulated 200 is the better-realized car that Chrysler should have first put on sale four years ago; it's not perfect, but it's a good match for a style-conscious, comfort-oriented buyer.

One of the most important parts of the 200's emergency transplant was its interior; Chrysler gave the 200 an all-new, beautifully sculpted interior that feels up to Volkswagen standards and includes materials and finishes that are a world better than the old hard plastics. Likewise, Chrysler has doubled up on insulation to make the 200's interior a very quiet place (except for the coarse four-cylinder engine's note), and softened the ride. Factor in the newly available 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission, and the 200 no longer feels a step behind.

While the 2012 Chrysler 200 is mostly up to the standards of comfort, space, and safety that you'd find in models like the Hyundai Sonata or Toyota Camry, it's still missing some of the standard features, like Bluetooth connectivity, that all shoppers are expecting. Likewise, look past the sheen of the brightwork and consider that the base 200 still only has a four-speed automatic--and fuel economy is still lackluster--and it's fair to say that this model isn't quite in the top tier...but almost.

 

Likes:

  • Neat, balanced look inside and out
  • Strong, smooth V-6
  • Quiet interior, smooth highway ride
  • Up to snuff in tech and entertainment features

Dislikes:

  • Coarse base engine
  • Torque steer in V-6 models
  • Standard equipment lags competition
  • Body flex in Convertible models
  • Unimpressive gas mileage (4-cyl)
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