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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
...For all of its foibles, the 200 is a good value instead of just a cheap car.
...with the roof down and a windblocker in place over the rear seat, conversations with our passenger were not problem, even at freeway speeds.
We think it looks better with a genuine ragtop, which is well insulated and without compromise.
Last year, when Chrysler repackaged its Sebring lineup as the 200 sedan and Convertible, both models became much better values, thanks to upgraded safety and entertainment features. But some features, like Bluetooth connectivity, aren't included in all 200 trims.
For 2012, Chrysler has dropped the price on its entry-level 200 sedan; the $18,995 Chrysler 200 LX sedan comes with standard air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, cruise control, telescoping/tilting steering wheel with audio controls, an AM/FM/CD player. Bluetooth is an option here, while it's standard on somewhat more expensive Hyundai Sonata--and this 200 doesn't offer satellite radio or a USB port at all, though it does come with an auxiliary audio jack, all of which are standard on the Hyundai. It's also worth noting that the base LX comes with a four-speed automatic (the rest of the line includes a six-speed). Touring sedans adds automatic climate control, a Homelink garage door opener, a power driver seat, and satellite radio. A sunroof is an option, as is Bluetooth and a DVD/hard-drive audio system with 28GB of storage. On these models, the V-6 is optional.
The $24,995 Limited sedan can also be had with either powertrain, and it adds 18-inch wheels and tires, Bluetooth with voice commands for audio and phone, a USB port, leather seating, and heated front seats. The hard-drive audio system also comes standard. A navigation system grafts into it as an option, while Boston Acoustics sound is a separate upgrade.As for the Convertible, the base four-cylinder Touring model comes with a power-folding fabric roof; the usual power features; a CD player and Sirius satellite radio; and cloth interior. Options include Bluetooth with voice command capability, a USB port, and heated seats. The 200 Limited Convertible has standard leather seating; a DVD disc player and a 30GB music hard drive; and 18-inch wheels. The folding-metal hardtop is an option on the Limited, as are Boston Acoustics speakers, heated seats and a navigation system.
The 2012 Chrysler 200 lacks a few standard items, like Bluetooth, but well-equipped Touring and Limited models are strong values.