Chrysler introduced its 200 series in 2011 and it looked like a classier version of their long lasting Sebring. However, their second year into the 200 series and Chrysler has picked up the torch with the 2012 Chrysler 200. Compared to the first year production line up, this year, they have changed several things with the new model. There is a convertible 200 series as well, which makes the brand a little more favourable for people who love that summer breeze. Unlike most other vehicles of 2012, the Chrysler 200 got most of its changes on the inside rather than the outside. The materials used for the finishing is high-end which makes the car look a bit more distinguished.
Even though we’re referring to this new Chrysler release as the 200, it still contains many of the exterior styling features from the Sebring edition. Most of the exterior frames have been kept as is for some minimal changes which were made to the front and back end of the car. When people hear that 2012 Chrysler 200 is out on the lot, they would immediately picture something similar to the hemi 300, but it is nowhere near it! When you hear the Chrysler 200 on the streets, it sounds like a BMW or Audi, but performance-wise, it does lack a few bolts. Chrysler removed all the plastic interior housing and replaced it with chrome accents and some great looking upholstery. Driver controls are much better suited for the interior styling and it does look like you are driving a luxury sedan.
Honestly speaking, the 2012 Chrysler 200 does not have anything near optimum performance, even though it boasts a V6 engine. The 173HP, 2.4L engine that runs on a 4 cylinder automatic transmission is not something you can brag about, as its pretty standard. The higher level trim comes with a 3.6L V6 engine that covers 283HP, which makes it a nice car for highway drivers. If you need a vehicle that has class and performance, you would only have to consider the V6 addition. It has everything you could possible ask for from a Chrysler 200 model. The earlier mentioned 2.4L Chrysler 200 is really not all that intriguing for most people and we surely did not want to test it. Affordability-wise, you may consider the 2.4L counterpart, but even for the extra money, you’d be good with the V6 buster.
Optional Features/Fuel Efficiency
As you already know, the 2012 Chrysler 200 is a remake and enhancement of the older Sebring. If Chrysler did one thing in terms of features, it was the addition of better entertainment features. From Bluetooth to complete media features, you have it all with the base line trim. All of the trim models from Chrysler include these entertainment features, which really gives you something that’s worth your money. The 2012 Chrysler 200 LX is the base model and it is delivered with power features, complete media functions, telescoping wheels, air conditioning and AUX cable. Surely, as you jump up on the trim levels, you will get better sets of features such as satellite radio, six speed transmission, DVD players, garage door openers and more. The high-end version of the 2012 Chrysler 200 also has the option of leather seating which is something you can brag about!
Chrysler promised to work on the fuel efficiency for the 2012 Chrysler 200, but it still remains to be incredibly high. City driving gets you about 30mpg while highway gets you 31mpg. Compared to its competitor brands and makes, the Chrysler is not even comparable. If you really want a rock solid vehicle with great fuel economy, the 2012 Chrysler 200 should not be in your list of potential choices.