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There's more interior room than you'd think inside either Chrysler 200; among droptops, the tight-fitting rear seats in the Convertible still have more room than the competition.
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The front seats proved comfortable during a couple of hours driving Highway 1, and later while navigating through heavy traffic in San Francisco.
Popular Mechanics

...The interior—which started as that shiny plastic nightmare—has a soft yet solid look and feel.
Popular Mechanics

Despite Chrysler's best efforts, some of the badness from the Sebring carried over, like the toy-feeling HVAC controls and the incredibly cheap sun visors.
Motor Trend

Not only is this interior classier, but it should wear better...
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Chrysler also made some waves about how much quieter the interior of the 200 is supposed to be compared to the Sebring, though we noticed plenty of road and wind noise during our stint behind the wheel.

In size and value, the 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan stacks up well against the likes of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata on the spec sheet. The 200 has superior headroom numbers and roughly equal legroom figures, once you factor in the Sonata's super-long front-seat travel. The Sonata tops the 200's truck by nearly 3 cubic feet, though.

So why does the 200 feel much smaller? In part, it's the seemingly smaller glass areas, but it's also the tall dash structure, dark interior colors and the big, wide front seats that feel fine, if not overly supportive. It's also a little less easy to slip into the back seats, since the actual door openings are quite a bit smaller than the door skins themselves. The 200's cabin space is there, but visually it reads more confining, not at all airy, and some of the circa-2007 body structure just won't let it be any other way.

Chrysler has stuffed the 200 with more sound deadening than the Sebring, which does the most good to mute out the sins of the past. There's some noise that intrudes through the rear wheel wells, which could make it tougher for a family of four to conduct one conversation, but the laminated windshield drops out the highway-drone frequencies very well.

On the 200 Convertible, it's noticeable how the seats backs are flatter than bottom cushion. Even with the roof lowered, road noise is acceptable--and there's a moderate ruffling when the windscreen is snapped into place behind the front seats. The Convertible's rear seats actually are usable by adults for short trips, but any ride back there of more than an hour should get a doctor's approval. As for trunk space, there's still enough when the top is stacked for a couple of weekend bags.


There's more interior room than you'd think inside either Chrysler 200; among droptops, the tight-fitting rear seats in the Convertible still have more room than the competition.

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