Chrysler reworked its Sebring several years ago, for 2011, renamed it the 200, and extended the life of this mid-size sedan by making the look a little more sophisticated, and better detailed. But by now, virtually all of the 200's class rivals have been fully redesigned at least once, and the 200 looks undeniably dated.
We still like the soft, sophisticated look of the grille, and the casual grace of the taillamps, but the 2014 Chrysler 200 betrays its origins by showing the old Sebring's always-awkward side profile and rooflne--something only a true redesign is going to purge (an all-new model is due next year). Otherwise, details are lacking on the outside, with unconvincing details like the plastic '200' badge at the back.
Cabin ambiance remains a big step ahead of how it ever was with the Sebring, but again keeping in mind all the redesigns in this class over the past several years, it's par at best. Tight, low-gloss plastic gives it the right touch, while thin metallic highlights ring the major driver-control areas simply and subtly. An analog clock top and center echoes the shape of the grille, while the dash itself follows a softer look that does somewhat resemble that inside the larger Chrysler 300 sedan. However there are some elements that recall a different era at Chrysler, like the green backlighting for the instrument cluster and the overabundance of black-plastic facing material that attracts fingerprints.
The 2014 Chrysler 200 Convertible remains a rental-car favorite, and while there's nothing quite like it on the market it hardly strikes a fashionable pose. No matter which of the two tops you choose (retractable hardtop or cloth soft top) you'll likely see this as a car that's ungainly in profile with the top up. Fortunately it's more attractive with the top down.