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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
The front seats proved comfortable during a couple of hours driving Highway 1, and later while navigating through heavy traffic in San Francisco.
...The interior—which started as that shiny plastic nightmare—has a soft yet solid look and feel.
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.
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.
The silhouette of the 2013 Chrysler 200 has a way of tricking you into thinking the cabin is somewhat small for a mid-size sedan--and the combination of the tall dash, wide seats, and narrower glass areas add to that visual 'trick'--but once you climb in you'll be a convert; whether by the numbers or from inside, the 200 stacks up really well against segment leaders like the Hyundai Sonata.
In front, there's plenty of space for even taller drivers to sprawl out, with comfortable front seats. However we've noticed that they're a little odd to get into and out of (due to the shape of the door framing) and they lack much back support. In back, it's a different story; the seats are easier than typical to get into, thanks to the tall roofline, and there's enough headroom and legroom for a couple of adults--even though the high beltline can bring a sense of claustrophobia to the whole ordeal.
Even though the 200 doesn't handle very well, its ride quality isn't so great either; it tends to bound over pavement irregularities, especially in the V-6 when cornering. For the most part otherwise, the cabin is a quiet, civilized place, and Chrysler has wedged more sound deadening beneath the floor and by the firewall to help quell most of the road and wind noise, although you still get some unmasked droning and vibration from the four-cylinder engine.
Focusing on the 200 Convertible, we've noticed that the seats--perhaps in an effort to save interior space--feel flatter and even more lacking in support. Back seat space in these models is quite tight for adults, but relative to most other drop-tops it's doable. But it's one of the quieter convertibles, and the snap-up windscreen behind the front seats does help.
In sedans, trunk space is a few cubic feet smaller than in most alternatives. As for convertibles, it's respectable bordering on roomy, with enough space for several weekend bads.
Trunk space is one weakness for all versions of the 200; in the sedan, it's several cubic feet smaller than most of the mid-size rivals.
The 2013 Chrysler 200 Sedan is spacious, quiet, and comfortable; as for the Convertible, it's tight in back yet one of the roomier drop-tops.