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2014 Chrysler 200

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/29/2014 Austin Lott

New for 2014

The sporty look of the 200S model is now available as a package for buyers of the Touring and Limited models, expanding the availability of the more popular styling. 2014 will be the last year of the 200 Convertible, as Chrysler has decided to discontinue the model after the 2014 model year.

Vehicle Overview

The Chrysler 200 is the automaker's entry in the competitive midsize sedan segment. It fits below the full-size 300 in the automaker's lineup.


The 2014 Chrysler 200 is available in sedan or two-door convertible forms, with two engine choices powering the front wheels. Standard is the volume 2.4-liter I-4 that makes 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque, and gets an EPA-estimated 20-21/30-31 mpg city highway with a four-speed automatic, or an optional six-speed which increases highway fuel efficiency. Also available is the 283-hp 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 260 lb-ft, gets 19/29 mpg, and comes only with the six-speed.

The 2014 Chrysler 200 received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and is considered a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS for 2014. The convertible has not been evaluated by the NHTSA, but in IIHS testing it earned a rating of good for the three categories in which it has been tested (the highest available rating is good).

What We Think

In a First Test of a 2011 Chrysler 200 Limited we enjoyed the improvements over the outgoing Sebring, but faulted the effort for eliminating the character the car did have. "From a handling perspective, the 200 is much improved. Upgrades to the steering system and retuned suspension help it corner flatter and without as much push or lean . . . Though the 200 Limited sticks harder and rolls less, it still doesn't serve up what you might call a comprehensive, compelling driving experience." We concluded saying, "There is no question the Chrysler 200 is a better car than the Sebring it replaces, but erasing that memory was the easy part. To become a serious player in the hotly contested family sedan segment, the 200 Limited still has a long way to go." A new 200 is on the horizon, and we suggest waiting for it.

You'll Like

  • Performance of the optional V-6
  • Better handling than before
  • It's not a Sebring

You Won't Like

  • Odd proportions
  • Fuel economy is not class leading
  • Lacking some features that are expected in segment

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Camry
  • Honda Accord
  • Ford Fusion
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Chevrolet Malibu


3 star Just rent one instead.


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