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CAR OF THE MONTH April 2011

2011 Chrysler 200 Limited Review

New Skin — Same Car

A three-quarter front view of a silver 2011 Chrysler 200

In short: A nifty and attractive mid-size sedan.

After going several years without introducing any new models, Chrysler is back in business with the 200 sedan, an entry-level offering that replaces — and is often quite reminiscent — of the Sebring. Boasting decent power from its athletic inline-4 and a sleek, luxurious look inspired by its big brother, the 300, the Chrysler 200 breathes some much needed life into the aging automaker's lineup.

A look inside the 2011 Chrysler 200 Limited

The Chrysler 200 Limited's standard 4-cylinder engine can be upgraded to a more powerful 3.6-liter V6

Starting at just $23,745, the Limited trim level supplements the 200's already-sophisticated styling with enviable add-ons like Sirius satellite radio, Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth and a 30 GB hard drive capable of storing up to 6,700 songs. For the horsepower-hungry, the 200 is also available with a 3.6-liter V6 that adds an extra 110 horses to the sedan's already respectable output. While Chrysler's latest offering still may not be very sexy compared to its Japanese and European competition, it is hard to deny the excellent value that this mid-size sedan has to offer.

A three-quarter rear view of silver 2011 Chrysler 200

Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/100,000-mile rust warranty; unlimited year/unlimited mile drivetrain warranty; three-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $23,745 / As Tested: $27,530

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Engine: 3.6-liter V6 with VVT
Horsepower: 283 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque:260 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight:
3,389 lbs
Wheelbase: 108.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 191.7/72.5/58.4 in
Turning circle: 36.5 ft

Brakes:
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS; electronic stability control; brake assist
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; multi-link independent rear

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

EPA City: 19 mpg
EPA Highway: 29 mpg

Safety:
multi-stage front airbags; front seat side airbags; supplemental side airbags; front and rear side-curtain airbags

Likes: peppy; large trunk; luxe look and feel

Dislikes: torque steer; somewhat limited rear visibility; turning radius

 

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