A couple of years ago Chrysler gave what had previous been called the Sebring a visit to the salon; it emerged with mostly new (although subtly changed) body panels, and a more sophisticated look overall)--as well as a new name, the 200. The changes altogether were no revelation or abrupt turnaround for this mid-size Chrysler sedan, but they did increase its street presence a bit.
The 200's nose could be mistaken for that of a luxury car (a Mercedes-Benz, perhaps) at quick glance, and the grille is soft and sophisticated. There's a casual grace to the taillights as well. On the other hand, the Sebring's old side profile and roofline are still there, and they never quite fit into the market. Details on the outside otherwise are a bit lacking--like the plastic "200" badge at the rear door's sail panel.
Inside, the Chrysler 200 has the right look and feel, and a luxury ambiance that might help you temporarily forget about the lack of exterior pizazz. With tight, low-gloss plastic that gives to the touch, and thin metallic highlights (tastefully done here) that ring the major driver-control areas simply and subtly. A rounded clock top and center mimics the shape of the grille, and the dash has a look that's a little sharper than the smoothed-over design of the Chrysler 300. That's fine, but we've noticed that the black-plastic facing material tends to gather fingerprints, and some of the instrument clusters still have green backlighting.
As for the 200 Convertible, we tend to think of them as a bit ungainly in profile with the top up; luckily when you drop the top they're more dashing. There are two different configurations--retractable hardtop or cloth soft top--and the soft top is arguably the smoother of the two due to the complex set of cutlines you get with the hardtop.