The end is near. Chrysler 200 will be discontinued, due to hard time competing with rivals. If we look at the sale numbers from the last five years, it doesn’t look so bad. Chrysler sold 600.310 200’s. But when you’re competing against Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Ford Fusion, the numbers aren’t great at all. Just to get the big picture, in the same period Toyota sold 2.059.949 Camry’s, Honda 1.787.706 Accord’s while Ford sold 1.409.413 Fusion’s. Let’s not forget Mazda 6, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima. So 2017 Chrysler 200 will probably be the last one coming.
2017 Chrysler 200 – Design
But when we look at it, we can’t say why the numbers are so low. Chrysler 200 looks quite good. It’s stylish, comfortable and appealing sedan. The whole shape is well-rounded with smooth lines and refined grille. In other words, 2017 Chrysler looks attractive from every angle. LED headlights, unlike on some of 200’s rivals, come standard on both trims. While LED fog lights and daytime running lights are optional. For 2017 model year, Chrysler added new Dark Appearance package. It consists of 18-inch Jet Black Gloss wheels, halogen headlights with black moldings, and a gloss black exterior. The exterior is also available in nine colors.
2017 Chrysler 200 – Interior
The interior of 2017 Chrysler 200 is truly a masterpiece. It’s extremely detailed and even more functional. On the center console, there is 5-inch infotainment screen. While below there is floating Volvo-like control panel with gearbox knob and other various controls. From the front seats, we can see that cabin is quite roomy. But that can’t be said for the rear seats. And this is the main reason why 200 isn’t at the top. Legroom is no problem, but if you’re more than six feet tall, you won’t seat comfortably. The rear headroom is the main problem of the cabin. While the cargo space isn’t, it has 16 cubic feet of cargo space. For 2017 model year unlike before comes only in two trims available, Touring and Limited Platinum.
2017 Chrysler 200 – Two Engines
2017 Chrysler also packs quite a punch. However, the entry engine doesn’t. It is 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder which produces 184 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque. It comes with the nine-speed automatic transmission, but manual shifting is not available. The problem also lies in gearbox since there are reports that shifts sometimes come unpredictably and uncontrollably. The engine that packs a punch is 3.6-liter V6 which produces 295 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is amazing, but there are reports that FWD models have torque steer. Even when both front wheels have traction, Chrysler 200 has a tendency to pull to sides. This issue can easily be curable with optional AWD system which sends up to 60% of torque to rear wheels.
Fuel economy for 2.4-liter engine is 23/36/27 mpg (city/highway/combined). And for the V6 it’s 19/31/23 with FWD and 18/28/22 with AWD. These numbers aren’t remarkable when you get approximately the same with mid-size SUV.
2017 Chrysler 200 – Safety
The safety isn’t an issue. 2017 Chrysler 200 excels in every crash test the IIHS came up with. The front crash prevention is rated Superior with optional equipment. The only reason why 200 hasn’t got a “+” to Top Safety Pick award is “M” (Marginal) rating for headlights visibility. But this sedan comes packed with all sorts of passive and active safety features. Impressive package includes lane-departure warnings, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts.
2017 Chrysler 200 – Price
Nevertheless do you like it or not, 200’s days are over. If you’re willing to buy this model this might be your last chance. And we don’t see a reason not to (if small rear headroom doesn’t cause concern). The base price for Touring is $23.705 and Limited Platinum stars at $25.705 including $1.095 destination charge.