Chrysler’s major lane switch really took speed back in 2011 with that famous commercial for the Super Bowl. That ad was honestly one of the greatest I’ve ever seen and really put Chrysler as a brand on the map.
The car they debuted in the commercial, was the 2011 Chrysler 200. While it looks pretty outdated now, the Chrysler 200 continued on after the ad aired. Chrysler put nearly their whole line up in commercials like the 200 ad we saw which really milked the concept. Obviously they had a hard time keeping the hype up that went with those ads, and now Chrysler decided to ax the 200.
The 2017 Chrysler 200 is the final year of production for the model. It didn’t really sell well or gain much popularity with customers. This is attributed to a number of facts about the updated model. While it did look pretty sharp and had a sexy roofline, the 200 had a number of shortfalls. It wasn’t practical at all, it drove poorly, had absolutely no excitement in its personality and the visibility in the cabin was horrid. Let’s examine the 2017 Chrysler 200 and see what we can find.
I do like how the 2017 Chrysler 200 looks. The LED running lights and quad fog lights on this “S” example do look great, and the roof line as I mentioned is very coupe-like. This could be a very cool car, and I do struggle to find something I hate about the outside or the car. The one thing I wish we saw with the updated Chrysler 200 was a convertible version. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a drop-top 200.
The rear end of the 200 isn’t as convincing as the front. It looks like it’s got some excess fat to trim down, and the tires are not wide enough to really go with their sporty four-door-coupe look Chrysler was stretching for. Obviously this keeps costs down, but I’d trade cost for quality as a consumer. The athletic stance and lines of the 2017 Chrysler 200 could have made for a nice product, but things just come up short elsewhere.
This is pretty much as good as the 2017 Chrysler 200 interior looks. Most examples are black on black, but this tan offset works its magic here.
Chrysler offers some of the smallest LCD screens offered on any car for the infotainment screen. Also, if you opt for the more expensive touch screen navigation the screen itself doesn’t get much bigger. The instrument cluster has an interesting blue glow to it which is kind of cool, but kind of tacky (I almost wrote “tachy” to be funny…).
Another point about the interior is the back seat. For a midsize sedan you can’t expect too much, but you do expect the car to make good use of its room in the cabin. However, the 200 isn’t exactly the best at creating space. I’m not a tall guy at all, and I kept hitting my head on the door sill trying to enter the back seat of the Chrysler 200. Being five feet and four inches tall I really didn’t expect that to be an issue. Once you get inside, the legroom isn’t the best, either. Try to avoid the back seat at all costs.
You probably think the seats look comfortable, don’t they? Well, you’d be wrong. The bolstering on the 200S’ seats are way too bolstered for a normal sedan with 180 something HP. The portion inside the cup holders that perfectly holds a smart phone is pretty cool though.
The Performance and Tech:
One thing I need to say, is that the exhaust note from the 2017 Chrysler 200s is phenomenal. While the car is very under powered, the sound that comes from this little car is a fantastic work of engineering.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s discuss the transmission. The good old seven speed automatic with sport mode. I can’t think of a bigger sales gimmick than a small sedan with the tacked on “S” knob on the shifting tunnel. when you engage sport mode, you expect something out of the car. You expect a sharpened throttle response, heavier steering, aggressive gear changes that you control, and tighter suspension in some cases. Well, you get like two of those things here.
You get access to the paddle shifters located on the steering wheel for sportier shifting as well. But, you can only shift down when the car THINKS it’s okay to shift down, which is anything below 2,500 RPM. Try to shift anywhere above 2,500 and you’re greeted with a message on the display that says “SHIFT DENIED”. The car doesn’t let you actually control the shift points. On top of that, the transmission response is just horrendous. You could pull the shifter, sit down and have a nice brunch, get back in the car and then it would shift. Don’t get me started on the throttle response. I might throw something.
2017 Chrysler 200 – The Specs:
|Vehicle Type:||Midsize Sedan|
|Powertrain:||2.4 L I4 , 3.6 L V6|
|Power:||184 – 295 HP|
|MPG:||36 Highway, 23City (est.)|
|Torque:||190 – 290 Lb-Ft. (est.)|
|Length:||192 Inches (4.87 Meters) (est.)|
|Width:||74 Inches (1.87 Meters) (est.)|
|Height:||59 Inches (1.49 Meters) (est.)|
|Wheelbase:||108 Inches (2.74 Meters) (est.)|
|Top Speed:||119 MPH (191.5 KPH) (est.)|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||9 Sec. – 5.7 Sec. (est.)|
|Base Price:||$23,000 (est.)|
Sum It Up:
The 2017 Chrysler 200 might be bashed quite a bit and I did some myself, but It’s not all bad. 35 MPG would make anyone smile, the exhaust note is great, and the V6 FWD car is as good as the 200 gets.
It is sad that the 200 didn’t make it out there in the market, but all that it really means is that Chrysler will make a new and better mid size sedan in the years to come.