For 2016, the 200 has adopted a slightly enlarged version of the platform architecture already used for the Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee. It's a more structurally rigid foundation than before and it contributes to a quieter, more refined ride quality. Handling is also impressive for a car in this class. Even better, Chrysler's midsize sedan gets an upgraded 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine that offers competitive performance for this class -- not something we could say about the four-cylinder in the previous-generation 200. However, Chrysler still offers an optional V6 as well. With 295 hp, it's among the most powerful engines available in this class. Fuel economy numbers are respectable as well, bolstered in large part by a new nine-speed automatic transmission. This year's 200 also gains the option of all-wheel drive on V6 models, a plus if you're looking for a little extra capability in wintry conditions.
Under the 200's Hood
The base Chrysler 200 sports a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a nine-speed automatic, which send their power to the front wheels, just as the same drivetrain team does in the Dodge Dart and in some versions of the Jeep Cherokee. The four's rated at 184 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. It's pleasant to pull the four through its powerband, even though the automatic doesn't allow any shifting of the semi-manual variety. With the optional 3.6-liter V-6, the Chrysler 200 barrels ahead of some sedans that come only with four-cylinder engines. Rated at 295 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, this Chrysler 200 has some of the strongest acceleration in the segment. It also has some noticeable torque steer, at least in front-drive versions. It's potentially cured by the 200's optional all-wheel-drive system, which can send up to 60 percent of the torque to the rear wheels, but we weren't able to test that model.
Design of Chrysler 200
The passing resemblance to many other new and recent vehicles shouldn't distract from its good looks. Yes, the 200's profile has a long lineage, from its Saab-like front end to a roofline that's been passed down from the Audi A7 to the Ford Fusion to the Hyundai Genesis, no worse for the wear. The twist here is the downturned shoulder line that drops to the rear end with the same visual effect as the similar line in the current Hyundai Elantra. The long roofline obscures the reality on the ground: the Chrysler 200's wheels sit well inboard from its nose and tail. It's a larger car built on a compact-car wheelbase, so there's plenty of overhang front and back.
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Since the Chrysler 200 is related somewhat to the Dodge Dart, we already expected a strong performance in tests by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In fact, the 200 has done even better; and objectively, the top-of-the-line, active-safety-equipped 200 is the safest mainstream mid-size sedan on the market. Give us a call for more information on the 2016 Chrysler 200 today!