- Beautiful, well-detailed interior
- Smooth, graceful exterior
- Widely available all-wheel drive
- Well equipped in most trim levels
- Tight rear-seat space
- Gas mileage can't compete with hybrids, plug-ins
- Handling is no standout
The 2017 Chrysler 200 excels for safety and style, but rear seat headroom is a problem and it has trouble grabbing sales away from its very tough competition.
The 2017 Chrysler 200 is a mid-size sedan that aims at heavy-hitting rivals like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, and Ford Fusion. Despite a varied lineup that includes LX, Touring, Limited Platinum, 200S, and 200C Platinum models, the 200 is finding it hard to compete and Chrysler has announced that it will be discontinued. We don't know how soon, but 2017 could be the last model year.
We give the Chrysler 200 an overall rating of 6.8 out of 10, with high marks in styling and safety. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Introduced for the 2015 model year, the changes for 2017 are minimal. They include additional equipment on some models and a new Dark Appearance package for the Touring model that adds 18-inch Jet Black Gloss wheels, halogen headlights with black moldings, and a gloss black exterior treatment.
Styling and performance
The 2017 Chrysler 200 remains a stylish, comfortable, and appealing sedan. The shape is smooth, rounded, and capped with a refined grille and front end. It almost picks up where Saab left off, and it's an elegant appearance that looks more expensive than it is. The roofline is long and tapers down to the tail and its short, flush deck lid. The design helps to hide the short wheelbase that is a result of the car's compact car roots.
Inside, the 200 is superbly detailed. All the functionality is there, with sliding cupholders and plenty of cubbies, while the dash is covered with top-notch materials, fits, and finishes. A number of design touches are both functional and distinctive—like the pass-through storage area in the center console, and the rotary shift controller.
In terms of performance, the 2017 Chrysler 200 rides quite well, and its handling is predictable but unremarkable. It's neither as soft and comfort-oriented as the current Altima nor as sporty as the Fusion. The 200 is built on an extended version of the Dart compact-sedan platform, and it shares the Dart's strut front/four-link rear end and electric power steering. Overall, driving the 200 is pleasant and progressive, with a firm yet muted feel to the way that it goes down the road.
Two engines are offered, both found in other FCA models. At the base level, there's a 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-4, while the 295-hp V-6 is the counterpunch to turbocharged inline-4 offerings elsewhere. The base engine is just adequate, while V-6 versions have strong acceleration and are well-damped, although not the sharpest-handling. Manual-shift modes and paddles to bring out the best of the V-6, but there is a bit of torque steer unless you opt for all-wheel drive. We've found that the 9-speed automatic can, at times, shift abruptly and unpredictably.
The 4-cylinder 200 earns an EPA rating of 23 mpg city, 36 highway, 27 combined. The 200's optional V-6 automatic earns 19/31/23 mpg, and with all-wheel drive those numbers fall to 18/28/22 mpg.
Interior, safety, and features
While the Chrysler 200 feels roomy from the front seats, it's a bit less useful in back. The door cutlines make the rear seat a little difficult to get into, and if you're more than 6 feet tall the swoopy roofline exacts a penalty. However, there is a useful flip-down armrest with built-in storage, all models have a 60/40-split back seat with a trunk pass-through, and the trunk is fairly large.
The 200 has earned excellent crash-test ratings from both U.S. agencies. It also offers an impressive package of safety equipment that includes lane-departure warnings and prevention, forward-collision warnings with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts.
Relative to most of its peer set, the 2017 Chrysler 200 LX remains one of the most affordable. It comes with a decent feature set, but it lacks Bluetooth and rear air ducts for heating and cooling.
The Chrysler 200S model gets a sportier look that includes fog lamps, bigger 18-inch wheels, a sport suspension, and other upgrades. Meanwhile, the top 200C model adds such niceties as dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 7-inch configurable instrument panel display, and remote starting.