Thursday, October 18, 2012

First Drive: Chrysler 200 Limited V6

In 2010, Chrysler came out with 200, the successor to the Chrysler 200. I recently test drove a white Chrysler 200 Limited. The car came with a 3.6L V6 engine, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, that produces 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The car came with navigation, leather seats, sun roof, power windows, disc brakes, and steering wheel mounted audio controls, just to name a few features. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. The price for the test drive car is $28,913.

The 200 was roomy and comfortable to drive. I had plenty of head room while in the driver seat. There is good head room and leg room for adults in the rear. The exterior is average. The 200 styling does not stand out from other mid-size cars like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, or Ford Fusion.

The car drove smoothly along the Houston roads.The steering was responsive. The brake and accelerator pedals were responsive. There was no jerking when I hit the accelerator. The 200 Limited is quick for a mid-size sedan.

Overall, the Chrysler 200 Limited V6 is a good car. Ride quality and performance are good. There is plenty of head room and leg room. I have no issues with the interior. The 200 Limited comes with many luxurious features for under $30,000. My one issue is the bland exterior. It does not stand out from the other mid-size cars. If you are interested in getting a Chrysler 200, do not go with the I4 engine. It does not get the car up to speed like the V6. People should get the 200 Limited is they want a mid-size car with good performance and ride quality. If exterior styling is important to you, look elsewhere. 

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